Articles About Family History Month

Going Beyond The Shaky Leaf [VIDEO]

  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

Haunting the Dead: Death and Burial Records in Family History

  Searching for Death Historically, death was a constant companion. The grim reaper lurked in the shadows waiting to claim his next victim. Our ancestors dealt with the prospect of an early death from many conditions, which are now easily mended. Many women died in childbirth. Accidents, disease, and plague claimed millions. Death and burial… Read more

Advanced Research Tip: Five Things You Should Do With Every Record

So you find a record.  It could be through a hint or a search or something is sent to you in the mail.  You attach it to your tree.  Are you done?  No, of course not!  (This would be a very short post if you were done.) So what do you do before you move… Read more

Great and Grand Aunts

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on October 25, 2013 in Site, Family History Month

There are certain relationships that have specific names. The father of one of your parents is your grandfather. The mother of one of your parents is your grandmother. The sister of one of your parents is your aunt. And, you guessed it, the brother of one your parents is your uncle. But what about the… Read more

What’s Your Family History Story?

Posted by Pam Velazquez on October 25, 2013 in Site, Family History Month, Stories

Everyone has a unique family history story to tell, and we want to hear it. Whether you’re just getting started or already a seasoned genealogist, we’ve all had an “Aha!” moment or made a discovery that made us stop and think. This might be finding out that your great grandparents were abolitionists, or that you… Read more

Advanced Research Tip: Always Cite Your Sources and What does that Mean Anyway?

A source citation tells you where you found the information.  You remember those papers you wrote in college and high school and all the footnotes you wrote?  Yep.  Those things. I know what you are thinking…Really? Seriously?  You expect me to do that for my family tree? Yes. Two reasons: So you can find the… Read more

The Ripple Effect of People’s Lives

Posted by Earl Armstrong on October 23, 2013 in Family History Month, Guest Bloggers

  Nadine Gordimer, a 1991 Nobel Prize recipient for Literature once wrote, “Writing is making sense of life. You work your whole life and perhaps you’ve made sense of one small area.” I love this quote because it clarifies what every life story is about; “making sense of life.” We go about life with a… Read more

Making More Family Connections With AncestryDNA

Posted by Crista Cowan on October 22, 2013 in AncestryDNA, Family History Month

Did you take the AncestryDNA test? Do you have a lot of cousin matches? Are you not quite sure how you connect with each of those matches? Here is a plan to ensure that you get the most out of your AncestryDNA experience.   1. Remember how cousins are connected to you. First cousins mean… Read more

Top Tips for Italian Family History Research [VIDEO]

In case you missed last week’s episode of “The Barefoot Genealogist with Crista Cowan” discussing Top Tips for Italian Family History Research, here is the video and a run down of what was covered.   Roughly four million Italians immigrated to the United States between 1860 and 1920.  With economic problems in Italy, many Italians… Read more

Getting Started With Italian Genealogy

The process of finding your Italian roots can be one of the most rewarding endeavors of your life.  You will learn something about yourself each time you connect with your native birthright. You will see how each Italian-American embodies a piece of the Italian past that is particularly their own. That is why the journey… Read more

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