Past Articles

Quick Tips for Breaking Through Your Genealogy Bricks Walls

Posted by Crista Cowan on July 28, 2016 in Research

We all have them.  Those ancestors who just refuse to be found.  In genealogy, we call them “brick walls.”  Whether you are brand new to the family history game or you have been doing this for decades, the strategies for climbing over, going around, or breaking through those brick walls are the same.  In this Read More

Second Cousins Are Magic

Posted by Dan Bodenheimer on July 22, 2016 in In The Community

“How in the world did you find those great old photos?” “I wish my family had photos like that.” “I’m so jealous, all our family photos were lost in the flood.” We all hear comments like this from time to time, and there really isn’t a good answer to them besides that well-practiced air of Read More

Fitzgerald Family Reunion Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Posted by Patricia Fitzgerald Adriance on July 21, 2016 in Website

This is a guest post by Patricia (Patty) Fitzgerald Adriance. Fifty consecutive years of the Fitzgerald family reunion! We knew what an incredible achievement this was so we asked Patty to share some lessons learned about hosting the reunions, plus, tips on how she gets the younger generations of her family excited about their family history. My father, Read More

Family history and the search for identity

Posted by Bryony Partridge on July 19, 2016 in Website

Jerome de Groot teaches and researches at the University of Manchester. He writes about genealogy, popular history and public history. He has published several books including Consuming History (Routledge, 2016). You can follow him on Twitter at @deggy21. How does the past affect you in the present? Questions about our identity, our personalities, and our Read More

If Girls Are Sugar and Spice, Why Do We Keep Looking for Boys?

Posted by janabroglin on July 14, 2016 in Website

This post originally appeared in Ancestry Magazine, March-April 2007. By Jana Sloan Broglin, CG One day, when she was eight years old, my grandmother Louie (Kennedy) Beard and her sisters Meredith, Theone, and Nettie decided to make pancakes for breakfast. Each girl made their own, not sharing with anyone; Meredith was particularly adamant about this. Read More

Somerset to be bowled over by digitisation of millions of historical records

Posted by Bryony Partridge on July 14, 2016 in Collections, United Kingdom, Website

A cricket legend, foreign secretary and Christmas card pioneer are among those you can find in our new Somerset collection which includes over seven million historical records containing centuries of details of Somerset residents. Digitised from original records held by the South West Heritage Trust, the collections hold details of births, deaths, marriages and school Read More

Generation Next

Posted by Paul Rawlins on July 12, 2016 in Website

This article originally appeared in Ancestry Magazine, March-April 2007. When I ask members of the local scout troop if anybody has his Genealogy Merit Badge, I get groans and complaints. “Dude, that took so long” seems to be the general consensus. But when I ask what they found out, the tone changes. Riley learned how Read More