Past Articles

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

Cemetery Etiquette: What you Need to Know for that Cemetery Trip

Posted on November 4, 2013 in Research

Gravestones can have useful information that could help you break through a brick wall, and grow your family tree. Although not all cemeteries are local to your area, with sites like, distant gravestones are made available to you online. If you’re lucky and find that a gravestone you are looking for is near you, there… Read more

AncestryDNA: Ethnicity Update

Posted on October 31, 2013 in AncestryDNA

If you’ve taken an AncestryDNA test then I’m sure you have noticed a few changes we’ve made recently. In this episode of “The Barefoot Genealogist”, AncestryDNA team members, Anna Swayne, joins expert genealogist Crista Cowan to talk about the latest updates with your DNA results.   First, let’s explain a little bit about what happens… Read more

Today’s Death Record Challenge: Who cracked Gracsok’s skull?

Posted on October 30, 2013 in Site, Contest

Who was John Gracsok, and how did he end up dead from a blow to the head? Was it as revenge? A family feud? Was he just clumsy? Death records can hold the answers to lots of your family history questions. So after you’ve solved the Gracsok mystery, make sure to come back to the… Read more

Today’s Death Record Challenge: A train crash couldn’t kill him. What could?

Posted on October 28, 2013 in Site, Contest

  When legendary railroad engineer John Luther “Casey” Jones selflessly stayed at the helm of his doomed train in 1900, he saved countless lives. But this mystery is only about one of them — the fireman Casey told to jump as the train careened out of control, surely sparing him from a grisly death. Today’s… Read more

Just in time for Halloween, the Death Record Challenge is back!

Posted on October 26, 2013 in Site, Contest

  Test your sleuthing skills and win prizes by solving mysteries and legends using the power of, the world’s largest online family history resource. From October 26 until Halloween at midnight you’ll get three chances to play detective and dive into Death Record collections. Each challenge takes you to a new time and… Read more