Family Traditions and Memories from the Kitchen

Posted by Jocelyn Delk Adams on September 12, 2015 in Guest Bloggers

This is a guest post by Jocelyn Delk-Adams, author of “Grandbaby Cakes: Modern Recipes, Vintage Charm, Soulful Memories” published by Agate Surrey. Each recipe in my family is like a piece of fabric. When sewn together, they become a quilt of sorts, woven with a myriad of memories. The beginning thread of this quilt is my maternal… Read more

How the sinking of The Lusitania & the battlefields of WWI took an immeasurable toll on one Irish family.

Posted by Brian Gallagher on May 7, 2015 in Guest Bloggers, Military Records, Research, Stories, United Kingdom

Authored by Richard Coplen and originally published in the Westmeath Examiner May 5th 2015. The Doyles: A Mullingar family fractured by the First World War The First World War was more destructive than any other war had ever been. It was the first genuinely global conflict, fought not just on the fields of France and Flanders,… Read more

AncestryDNA Gives Me a Sense of Self

Posted by Jerome de Groot on April 24, 2015 in AncestryDNA, Guest Bloggers, United Kingdom

  I’m just about to undertake a DNA test. I’m both terrified and exhilarated about what it might find. DNA testing for genealogy is a powerful tool, and is gaining attention at the moment. DNA sequencing makes the subject of your investigation – your own cells, the stuff inside you. It is inescapable and accurate.… Read more

AncestryDNA is a Team Sport

Posted by Mike Mulligan on April 23, 2015 in AncestryDNA, Guest Bloggers, United Kingdom

When I first took the AncestryDNA test, my friend Anna asked me if I had tested any other members of my family. At the time I remember thinking very clearly that I already had hundreds of matches, the last thing I needed was more matches. Fast forward a few months and my Dad mentioned he… Read more

Exploring our DNA – Europe West

Posted by Mike Mulligan on April 10, 2015 in AncestryDNA, Guest Bloggers, Research, United Kingdom

Our Western European DNA When I was a child my grandmother used to tell me how her family descended from Black Forest Quakers who fled to Ireland to escape religious persecution in Germany in the 1700s. Like all the best family stories there was a kernel of truth, as I would later learn about my… Read more

Are You Looking For a Convict in Your Australian Family Tree?

Posted by Jeremy Palmer on February 21, 2015 in Australia, Collections, Guest Bloggers, Research

The founding of Australia as a penal colony for the transportation of convicts from Britain is of course well known. The First Fleet arrived in New South Wales on 26th January 1788 and over the following 80 years approximately 160,000 convicts were transported to various locations in the country to serve their sentence. In the… Read more

William Thomas Swift – Gloucestershire’s Answer to Samuel Pepys

Posted by Vicky Thorpe on February 18, 2015 in Collections, Guest Bloggers, Research, United Kingdom

Village schoolmaster, William Thomas Swift, wrote an entry in his diary every single day from 31 December 1859 when he was 18 years old until 5 February 1915, just a few days before his death.  His zest for life and interest in his fellow men shine through every entry and offer us a unique insight… Read more

What Historical Fashion Choices Say About Your Ancestors

Posted by Betty Shubert on January 29, 2015 in Guest Bloggers, Research

Earlier this month, we put the call out to our Facebook community to submit photos for which they needed assistance dating with the help of historical fashion expert and author Betty Shubert. We received hundreds of submissions and Betty selected a few of her favorites. John Hobart Judson   At first glance, we see the… Read more

The Great Migration: How to Find Your African-American Ancestors

Posted by Karin Berry on January 28, 2015 in Guest Bloggers, Research

This is a guest post by Karin Berry. During the Great Migration, 6 million African-Americans migrated to the North between 1910 to 1930. How can you trace their movement? It’s simple: Think like an immigrant. When the Great Migration, which occurred decades after slaves were freed, is approached as internal migration within the United States, it’s easy… Read more

Resolutions: Organizing Your Genealogy Research in 2015

Posted by Denise May Levenick on January 26, 2015 in Site, Guest Bloggers

This is a guest post by Denise May Levenick. Did you turn your calendar to a new year and vow to get your genealogy papers and files organized in 2015? January is National Organizing Month, and a great time to review, revamp, and reorganize so you can spend your time looking for ancestors instead of… Read more