Past Articles

Portrait Studios of Detroit’s Polonia: The Face of Polish Immigration

Posted on October 21, 2014 in Family History Month, Research

By guest blogger Ceil Wendt Jensen The once thriving Polish communities of metro Detroit — on the Eastside, Westside, and in Hamtramck — have dissipated into the suburbs; and the schools and parishes around which life in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries revolved, have shut their doors. We feel a sense of urgency to… Read more

Family History 101: Tips for Interviewing Your Living Relatives

Posted on October 16, 2014 in Site, Family History Month

Sharing your family’s legacy is so important for strengthening family bonds and reliving traditions that will make memories for every generation. This Family History Month, take the time to sit down with your living relatives to record important family history and maybe you’ll make some new family history research discoveries. To start, download our handy… Read more

Creative Ways to Get Your Kids Excited About Family History Month – Part Two

Posted on October 16, 2014 in Site, Family History Month

If you didn’t catch our blog last week, we’re hosting a weekly series in October in honor of Family History Month with creative ideas on getting the kids and young adults in your family excited about family history. Today we continue with three new activities you can do with little ones. 1. Little Detectives Before… Read more

What We Are Reading: October 10th Edition

Posted on October 10, 2014 in In The Community, Research

Becoming an expert in geography goes hand in hand with studying family history, especially if you had ancestors that never seemed to stay in one place. Learning where county lines were drawn and what the agricultural makeup was like in the regions our ancestors lived helps give color to their stories and understand why they… Read more

Creative Ways to Get Your Kids Excited About Family History Month – Part One

Posted on October 9, 2014 in Site

In honor of Family History Month, we’re launching a four-part series for the month with ideas for sharing your passion for family history research with the little ones and young adults in your family. Each week, we will bring you a handful of different activities, with an emphasis on getting crafty and creative. We hope you’ll treasure the… Read more

Finding a Long-Lost Ancestor on the Streets of Chicago

Posted on October 7, 2014 in Site, Research

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Loretto Dennis Szucs, Genealogist  I have an autograph book that belonged to my maternal grandmother. Written on the inside cover is “Anna Gustavason, 162 Townsend Street, Chicago, Ill.” I can’t find 162 Townsend on any map, nor can I find her on any census record. She was in… Read more

Between The Leaves: Your Migration Story

Posted on October 3, 2014 in Between the Leaves

In honor of Family History Month and our theme of “Migration Through the Centuries”, we asked our professional genealogists Amy Johnson Crow, Crista Cowan, Anne Gillespie Mitchell and Juliana Szucs to share their personal family migration story in our latest Between The Leaves episode. From ancestors that settled in the Massachusetts Colony to those who arrived… Read more

Between The Leaves: It’s in our DNA

Posted on September 26, 2014 in AncestryDNA, Between the Leaves

In this episode, professional genealogists Anne Gillespie Mitchell, Crista Cowan, and Juliana Szucs Smith were joined by AncestryDNA product manager, Anna Swayne who shared how DNA testing can provide break through’s in your family history research. We also learned Crista’s mom has 48 pages of possible cousin matches, wow! We hope you’ll be able to use… Read more

And The Winner of the August Branch Out Contest is…

Posted on September 16, 2014 in Contest

We’d like to thank everyone who submitted entries in the August round of our Branch Out contest! We received thousands of submissions, which included some inspiring stories from our community. We have randomly selected our August winner and that lucky person is… Tina Davis from New Mexico! Tina is most interested in tracing her grandfather who fought for… Read more

Between the Leaves: Pet Projects

Posted on September 11, 2014 in Between the Leaves

A few months ago we launched a Google+ Hangouts series with professional genealogists Amy Johnson Crow, Anne Gillespie Mitchell, Crista Cowan, and Juliana Szucs Smith. The Between the Leaves hangout is an informal and, hopefully, educational conversation where they share their methods, stories and passion for family history research. Today we asked the ladies, “What pet projects or… Read more