Win the Journey of a Lifetime in the ‘Star of Your Family Story Contest’

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on March 20, 2012 in Social Media

Who Do You Think You Are? follows some of today’s most beloved celebrities as they embark on personal journeys of discovery as their families’ histories are revealed. We all know a celebrity’s story is interesting, but what about your story? allows you to unlock so many magical moments in your family journey, and we… Read more

Got Massachusetts Ancestors?

Posted by Crista Cowan on March 20, 2012 in Content

Have you seen what we did? The announcement went out this morning about a new collection of vital records now available online. The Massachusetts, Town Vital Collections contains over 8.2 million records covering over 360 years. Wow! After searching town records for their own relatives, Jay and DeLene Holbrook, realized that the majority of towns… Read more

These Families We Inherit

Posted by Crista Cowan on March 16, 2012 in Social Media, Stories

With families, no matter what kind you inherit, at some point you want to announce you belong to it. I had the opportunity yesterday to spend a few minutes talking with Kaui Hart Hemmings, the author of The Descendants.  She was very candid about her family history.  That wasn’t at all surprising. I have read… Read more

Everybody’s Got A Little Irish In Them

Posted by Crista Cowan on March 15, 2012 in Research Helps, Searching for Records

One in eight Americans claim Irish ancestry according to an American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2008. That works out to about 36 million people. But, as we approach St Patrick’s Day this weekend, I’m betting a whole lot more than that will be “getting their Irish on.”  I know I’ll… Read more

Get Around the Missing 1890 Census

For those of you who are new to genealogy, you may be wondering why you haven’t received any hints leading you to 1890 census records for the people in your family tree.  Here’s the story.  The 1890 U.S. Federal Census was stored in the Commerce Building in Washington D.C.  In 1921 there was a fire… Read more

Using a Death Record to Learn about Their Lives

Posted by on March 10, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Professional football great, Jerome Bettis went on an emotional journey on Who Do You Think You Are? to learn more about his great-grandfather who abandoned the family. But death certificates, newspaper accounts and other records helped put Bettis on the right path, where he learned that he comes from a line of family members who… Read more

A trail of strength and courage on this week’s Who Do You Think You Are?

Posted by on March 8, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

According to the family lore, professional football-great Jerome Bettis’s great-grandfather simply disappeared. End of story? Not on this week’s Who Do You Think You Are? Bettis starts his search with a death record and continues on his quest, discovering stories of strength and family members who were born into slavery. is a sponsor of… Read more

Everybody Has A Mother

Posted by Crista Cowan on March 6, 2012 in Family Tree Maker, Research Helps

Did you know that March is National Women’s History Month? This seems to fit so perfectly with what we do as genealogists. After all, half of our ancestors are women. In honor of this event, I would like to share what I plan on doing this month and invite you to join me. . Women… Read more

Last Night on Who Do You Think You Are? Discovering Our Ancestors’ Motivations

Posted by Juliana Smith on March 3, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

The best part of last night’s Who Do You Think You Are? When Reba McEntire told herself not to get angry until she gathered more facts about her 7th-great-grandfather, the one who sent his child to the New World as an indentured servant. It may not have been the immigrant-ancestor story Reba had originally imagined… Read more

Tonight on Who Do You Think You Are?

Posted by on March 2, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Do you know which of your ancestors was the first to set foot in America? It’s a good question — one that country music legend Reba McEntire is hoping to answer for her mother. But the history she uncovers isn’t always pleasant, and Reba discovers that her own family connections lead to a pair of… Read more

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