Crista Cowan

Crista has been doing genealogy since she was a child. She has been employed at since 2004. Around here she's known as The Barefoot Genealogist. Google Twitter and FamilySearch to Make a Billion Global Records Available Online

Posted by Crista Cowan on September 5, 2013 in Collections, Digitization, News

The following press release was issued this afternoon by and FamilySearch. Groundbreaking Agreement to Deliver Valuable Historical Content Over the Next Five Years PROVO, Utah, September 5, 2013 – and FamilySearch International (online at, the two largest providers of family history resources, announced today an agreement that is expected to make approximately Read More

Browsing Records on [Video]

Posted by Crista Cowan on July 25, 2013 in Research

Did you know that not all records on are indexed? Even when there is an index available, sometimes it is useful to view an entire set of passenger lists or a whole neighborhood in the census to find the information you need. In this video, we share how to use the “browse” features for Read More

Genealogy Education in 140 or Less

Posted by Crista Cowan on June 24, 2013 in Research

Every ten days or so I head on over to to host a genealogy conversation 140 characters at a time. I usually hang out there for an hour and a half or so, answering questions about a whole variety of topics – research methodologies, how to search effectively, where to find records for a Read More

First Woman Homesteader Found At and Fold3

Posted by Crista Cowan on June 18, 2013 in Collections, Website

Professional genealogist Gail Blankenau recently solved an ongoing mystery: Who was the first woman to secure a homestead in her own right through the Homestead Act of 1862? The answer can now be revealed thanks to family history records available at both and Fold3: Mary Myers, a widow, of Gage County, Nebraska. Myers applied Read More

New Search Results Page On

Posted by Crista Cowan on May 16, 2013 in Site Features, Website

Have you logged on to today and done any record searching? Then you probably noticed that we made some changes overnight to the search results page. This is part of our continued effort to improve performance on the site and the load time required for key pages. This also allows us to work towards Read More

Lessons in Genealogy Collaboration

Posted by Crista Cowan on March 13, 2013 in Research, Site Features, Website

I got an Message today from a woman related to a man in my family tree.  In her research she had come to a conclusion regarding the identity of his wife that was different from mine. . When was the last time you read and responded to your messages? . Of course, my Read More

From Our Families To Yours – Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Crista Cowan on November 22, 2012 in Holidays

Here at we spend a lot of time looking at the past through genealogy records and family history research.  We spend a lot of time looking to the future, developing new technology and making plans for the business.  As we take a few days off to spend time with family and other loved ones Read More

Honoring Our Veterans

Posted by Crista Cowan on November 9, 2012 in Collections

During the Civil War fallen soldiers were often buried quickly, in the most convenient spot as battles continued and troops moved on.  Following the Civil War, many interred in these makeshift resting grounds, in the Mississippi Delta region, were moved to Memphis to be re-interred in a “designated field.”  Thus, most of the earliest burials at Read More