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Probate in the United Kingdom: An Overview

Posted by Abbie Lee Black on April 18, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

After finding your ancestors in civil registration, census records, and parish registers, there are many different record types that are widely available for the UK. When I’m doing research, I usually look for probate records, and specifically wills, of my ancestors at this stage in the research process.   UK Wills and Probate Before 1858… Read more

Pennsylvania Death Certificates Now Available

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on April 18, 2014 in Collections, Research

Pennsylvania research just got easier, thanks to the release of Pennsylvania, Death Certificates 1906-1924. This collection contains more than 2.4 million records and has images of the actual death certificates. Statewide registration of births and deaths began on 1 January 1906. This collection of death certificates currently runs through the end of 1924 (later records… Read more

Who Dat? It’s The Bayou State: New Louisiana State Research Guide

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on April 18, 2014 in Research

When you think of Louisiana do you think of New Orleans? Mardi Gras? Hurricane Katrina? Or do you think of your ancestors? Louisiana has a rich and colorful past. The Spanish, French and British fought over it for more than 300 years until the United States obtained most of the state as part of the Louisiana… Read more

Tattoos: Signs of an “Interesting Past”

Jack London is quoted as saying, “Show me a man with a tattoo and I’ll show you a man with an interesting past.” My great-great-grandfather, Thomas Howley, was certainly no exception. In 1864, he joined the U.S. Navy under an assumed name so his wife wouldn’t find out. (She found out. She was not happy.)… Read more

Use England Parish Registers To Research Ancestors Pre-1837

Posted by Abbie Lee Black on April 11, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

Continuing on with my previous post, civil registration and census records are usually the place I turn first when starting my research in the UK. These records can be used together to create an accurate snapshot of a family group in the mid-19th century to late 20th century. Before 1837, parish registers are most commonly… Read more

Googling Your Family History [VIDEO]

Posted by Pam Velazquez on April 9, 2014 in Research

You can search the internet from within your family tree. Join Crista Cowan to learn about crafting internet searches that will help you uncover information about your ancestors around the internet. As a bonus tip, she will share the best practice for saving this information to your family tree.  

Well-To-Do or Poor as Church Mice? Figuring Out Your Ancestor’s Wealth

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on April 8, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

April 5 – 12 is Money Smart Week, designed to help people learn more about their personal finances. Did you know that you can also learn about your ancestors’ financial well-being? You probably don’t have access to their checkbooks (or the jars of cash buried in the back yard), but there are some common records… Read more

Record Collections to Start Your UK Family History Research

Posted by Abbie Lee Black on April 7, 2014 in Research, United Kingdom

Whether your ancestors are immigrants from the UK, or have lived across the pond their entire lives, there are a few collections available that can help you start your research. When I am doing preliminary research on a family originating in the UK in the late 19th and early 20th century, there are two record… Read more

Learning From the Many Names of Mickey Rooney

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on April 7, 2014 in Celebrity, Research

When I heard about the death of actor Mickey Rooney, I did what many genealogists do when a famous person of that era passes away: I looked for him in the 1940 census. It turns out that his entry tells us not only about him, but also an important lesson about the not-so-famous people in… Read more

Genealogy Spring Cleaning [VIDEO]

Posted by Pam Velazquez on April 5, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

Spring is officially here! Join Crista Cowan as she shares tips and tricks for pruning your family tree. You’ll discover ways to clean up, lighten up and freshen up your family history research.

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