Articles by Pam Velazquez

Collection Spotlight: WWII United News Newsreels

Posted on November 21, 2013 in Site, Collections

  During World War II, in the summer of 1942, the United States government started a branch known as the Office of War Information (OWI) whose role was to bring together many of the government communications circulating during the war. As a part of its job, the OWI was responsible for creating and distributing news… Read more Family History Wiki [VIDEO]

Posted on November 20, 2013 in Site, Wiki, Research

The Family History Wiki is one of the best ways for you to discover more information about records and family history research. The Family History Wiki was developed to help genealogists find information they need, but also contribute, by editing and adding information. Our Family History Wiki is completely editable by the community and… Read more

Using the Card Catalog [VIDEO]

Posted on November 15, 2013 in Site, Research, Site Features

Why Use the Card Catalog? The Card Catalog is your resource for answering a lot of your questions quickly and easily. One of the most asked questions is “What records are available on” – the Card Catalog can answer those questions and once you have learned to use it you can browse through all… Read more

AncestryDNA Can Take You On A Historical Adventure

Posted on November 15, 2013 in AncestryDNA

  Do you have ancestors from Great Britain, Ireland, Iberia or Scandinavia? Want to know more about your heritage? Your DNA will not only pinpoint your place in history, but now it can tell you even more of the story.  With rich historical information now available for each of the genetic regions in your results, you… Read more Inc. Hire Power Award Honoree

Posted on November 14, 2013 in Site

  We’re excited to announce that has been named an Inc. Hire Power Award Honoree.   This award recognizes private companies that are making strides in creating more American jobs each year. We are among a list of 100 companies such as Warby Parker, Survey Monkey and, which, in the last 18 months… Read more

Getting High Tech for Holiday Storytelling

Posted on November 13, 2013 in Site, Stories

  In about two weeks, many of us will be gathering either in our homes or those of family members and friends to enjoy another wonderful Thanksgiving. The holidays and Thanksgiving in particular bring people together under no other motive than to have great food and enjoy each other’s company and spend time with relatives… Read more

Visiting Historic Boston: The Freedom Trail and More

Posted on November 12, 2013 in Our Travels

  It goes without saying that Boston is one of the most historically rich cities in the U.S. Last month, I had the pleasure of visiting Boston for the first time. Naturally, I wanted to sightsee and discover some of the historic treasures that Boston has to offer. Although my family tree doesn’t lead back… Read more

Going Beyond The Shaky Leaf [VIDEO]

Posted on November 6, 2013 in Site, Family History Month, Research

  Just like a detective, genealogists love clues. Clues and hints can help lead you in the right direction to make more discoveries. tries to give you as many clues as it can, in the form of those shaky leaves you see in your tree that we lovingly call ‘hints’. But how do you… Read more

When Should You Publish Your Family History Book?

Posted on November 6, 2013 in MyCanvas

  Many of us spend years researching our family history, and want to share our findings with our family members.  Sometimes it’s hard convincing family members to sit down next to us at the computer to look at our family tree and a bunch of digitized records, especially at a large family gathering. Wouldn’t it… Read more

AARP Life@50+ 2013: Discoveries In Atlanta, Georgia

Posted on November 5, 2013 in Site

Last month the team headed to Atlanta, Georgia where we attended AARP’s Life@50+ event and shared a little bit of our genealogy know-how with attendees. As many of our members know, we attend events nationwide throughout the year – many of them being genealogy-focused conferences. We attend these events to both meet with our… Read more

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