What We Are Reading: September 19th Edition

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on September 19, 2014 in In The Community

Migrating ancestors, deciphering legalese, and an usual death involving a cow. It’s just some of what we were reading this week. “Ancestors on the Move,” by B. Rogers, on When I Was 69. B. considers the reasons that our ancestors moved. “Extracting Data From a Biographical Sketch – Part 1,” by Wendy Littrell, on All… Read more

What We Are Reading: September 12th Edition

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on September 12, 2014 in In The Community

Sometimes what we read in a week follows a theme. There are those weeks when everyone seems to be writing about the same thing — or maybe subconsciously we’re just noticing the same subjects. That definitely wasn’t the case this week! In the past few days, everything from ancestors who were former slaves to non-paternity… Read more

The Soldiers’ Charity Frontline Walk

Posted by Brian Gallagher on September 9, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, In The Community, Military Records, United Kingdom

The Ancestry.co.uk Frontline Walk Mark the 100th anniversary of World War One Cover 100kms through France and Belgium See the battlefields of the Western Front Here at Ancestry we take great pride in our work. It is our mission to help people discover, preserve, and share their family history. As the world’s largest online family… Read more

What We Are Reading: September 5 Edition

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on September 5, 2014 in In The Community

There were several lessons to be learned at the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference last week. Among them: Write it down! Whether it’s writing about why you think that particular person is your third-great-grandfather or writing a timeline to organize your research, writing is crucial to everything we do in family history. It helps us… Read more

Preserve the Pensions: An Update from FGS 2014

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on September 4, 2014 in In The Community, Military Records

Imagine the paperwork that your ancestor had to submit in order to receive a War of 1812 pension. That paperwork is filled with all sorts of information – things like names, dates, relationships, residences, and military service. Now imagine all of that valuable paperwork deteriorating, without being digitized. That’s what has been happening with the… Read more

What We Are Reading: August 29th Edition

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on August 29, 2014 in In The Community

This week is the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ (FGS) annual conference, being held this year in San Antonio, Texas. But don’t think that this event has kept us from finding and reading some wonderful genealogy articles! If you’re at the FGS conference, you might want to bookmark these and read them between sessions. They also… Read more

Spotlight: Texas State Genealogical Society

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on August 27, 2014 in In The Community

They say things are bigger in Texas. The Texas State Genealogical Society certainly lives up to that. They are one of the local hosts for the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ annual conference, being held this week in San Antonio. Recently, I spoke with TSGS president John Wylie and learned what makes the society so strong.… Read more

Dick Eastman Discusses How Tech Has Changed The Family History Industry

Posted by Jessica Murray on August 26, 2014 in In The Community

Dick Eastman, author of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter, began recording his family history research in the 1970′s on a mainframe computer he built. Needless to say, he knows a lot about technology and the positive impacts it has made on family history research. Dick shares the newest evolutions in family history technology with the availability… Read more

Answering the Big Genealogy Puzzle With Tom Jones

Posted by Jessica Murray on August 25, 2014 in In The Community

Tom Jones, editor of National Genealogical Society Quarterly and author of Mastering Genealogical Proof, encourages family historians to contribute to research by taking a DNA test. “What should be our first priority is to do what future generations cannot do.” Tom notes advancements in indexing will make discovering information from the internet easier for future… Read more

What We Are Reading: August 22 Edition

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on August 22, 2014 in In The Community

As summer winds down, many of us find many things still on our “to do” list. I wanted to redo my flowerbeds and do some landscaping in my backyard. Maybe this fall… But one thing that I’m happy to keep on my “to do” list is “Read more genealogy.” It has a permanent place on… Read more