Rick Crume

Genealogist, Writer and Speaker


I am available to present lectures to your society or organization on the following topics. E-mail me for more details.

FamilySearch.org: A Guide

A free site, FamilySearch.org has a large, growing collection of records, books, photos and family trees. Rick will share search strategies and power user tips, as well as advice on how to use the FamilySearch Family Tree to organize and share your family history.

 Ancestry.com: A Guide

Ancestry.com boasts a huge collection of more than 18 billion records, plus digitized books and more than 80 million family trees. AncestryDNA has DNA samples from more than 2 million people. Rick will share search strategies and expert tips, as well as advice on how to use Ancestry Member Trees to organize and share your family history.

 Online Genealogy: A Quick Tour of the Best Sites

Rick will share tips for using these nine key genealogy websites: Ancestry.com, Archives.gov (The U.S. National Archives), FamilySearch, Findmypast, Fold3, GenealogyBank, the Library of Congress, MyHeritage and Newspapers.com.


If you’re very serious about genealogy, you need tools to help you record names, dates, places, relationships and sources, not to mention family stories and photographs. You’ll also want to take advantage of huge collections of online records and family trees and share your family history online. Genealogy software, an online tree or a combination of the two can help you accomplish those tasks. Rick will compare the most popular options, including RootsMagic and Family Maker software, Ancestry Member Trees and the FamilySearch Family Tree. He’ll also describe how you can synchronize your family trees on your computer, mobile devices and online family trees.

 Foreign Newspapers Online

Newspapers from around the world, some dating back to the eighteenth century, are online. Most collections offer full-text searching and many are free. In this session you’ll learn how to use online foreign newspapers to discover references to immigrant ancestors before they left their homelands or stories about American relatives traveling abroad, working overseas, serving in the military or doing missionary work.

Rick Crume running in the Chase Race, Fargo, 2009

Chase Race

Fargo, N.D., June 1, 2009

Photo by Johny Mellow Sports Photography www.johnymellowsports.com