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

Tracking the Service of a World War I Veteran for our UK Branch Out Winner

Posted by Brian Gallagher on January 24, 2015 in Site, Contest, Guest Bloggers, Military Records, Research, Stories, United Kingdom

  By Neil Holden, AncestryProGenealogists Alan Small recently won our Branch Out Sweepstakes, and received 20 hours of research with AncestryProGenealogists. High on Alan’s list of interests were the experiences and movements of his grandfather, John James Collins, who served in the British military both before and during World War I. Our research provided detailed… Read more

Was Your Grandma A Fashion Maverick?

Posted by Betty Shubert on December 23, 2014 in Guest Bloggers, Research

How much do you know about your grandmother’s fashion sense? Hollywood costume designer Betty Kreisel Shubert, author of Out of Style, is considered the go-to vintage fashion expert. Betty received three unidentified photos of Denise Levenick’s grandmother, Arline Allen Kinsel, and was tasked with trying to determine the time/date of the photographs.     The Bolero… Read more

How Old Family Photos Can Be Dated by Fashions

Posted by Betty Shubert on November 18, 2014 in Guest Bloggers, Research

Shortly after I began writing my now award winning book, Out-of-Style: A Modern Perspective of How, Why and When Vintage Fashions Evolved, I met the late Caroline Rober, past president of the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Caroline sent me a family picture to date for her. It showed two women… Read more

WWI Honour Roll – Guest post by Archivist Karyn Stuckey from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Posted by Brian Gallagher on November 17, 2014 in Site, Guest Bloggers, In The Community, Military Records, Research, United Kingdom

Authored by Karyn Stuckey, Archivist at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers   After the guns had fallen silent, thoughts turned to how to honour the dead. Faced with the dilemma of how to commemorate the dead, many organisations created Honour Rolls or memorials. The Institution of Mechanical Engineers created an ornate board, recording the names… Read more

Your Ancestors Are Waiting, They Have Stories To Tell

Posted by Earl Armstrong on November 8, 2013 in Guest Bloggers, Stories

  Best-selling author, Frank McCourt, at age 66, penned Angela’s Ashes, which he dubbed the “third act” in the ongoing story of his life. It also led to a Pulitzer Prize. In a 2008 Parade Magazine article, after commenting about writing personal histories, he shared this advice, “No matter how long you live, you have… Read more