Mother’s Day is coming – Celebrate like a Genealogist

Posted by Jasmine Rockow on May 4, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

Gifts inspired by family history are guaranteed to make the moms in your life feel special. That’s why one researcher at AncestryProGenealogists has turned family history-themed gifts into a tradition. “My parents can buy anything they want, but when I take the time to do something that’s personal to them, that’s what means the most,” Read More

Finding Roots Close to Home

Posted by Kelly Kautz on April 19, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

Lancaster, Pennsylvania has a long and storied past. It served as the United States capitol for a single day during the American Revolutionary War. Thaddeus Stevens and former United States president James Buchanan both called it home. I call Lancaster home, too. But for years, I considered myself a transplant. My mom hailed from the Read More

How to Save Grandma’s Love Letters

Posted by Denise May Levenick on March 1, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

“Dearest Anne,” the letter began. “Hi honey! I’ll start this one off with ‘I miss you more than I could ever imagine.’” A small bundle of handwritten letters exchanged between a homesick young soldier and his sweetheart are a family treasure to be cherished. Letters give a personal glimpse into the everyday lives of our Read More

Strike it Rich with Freedman’s Bank Records

Posted by Linda Barnickel on February 24, 2017 in Collections, Guest Bloggers

By now, many researchers may be familiar with the massive collection of federal records produced by the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (BRFAL), more commonly known as the “Freedmen’s Bureau.” But a frequently overlooked source, with a very similar name, holds a wealth of detail as well. Records from the Freedman’s Savings and Read More

The Family Tree: Author Karen Branan’s Search for Truth

Posted by Kelly Kautz on February 23, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

Investigative reporter Karen Branan has spent her entire career solving mysteries. She never expected to find the mystery of a lifetime in her own family tree. But while recording her ninety-year-old grandmother’s oral history, Branan learned about a lynching that her great-grandfather sanctioned in 1912. Further research showed that one of the victims, a black Read More

The Big Game: A Bonding Experience to Remember

Posted by Adam Young on February 1, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

It’s almost time for The Big Game, and if ever there was an event that could pull families together in the middle of the winter, this is it. Whether you’re making a once-in-a-lifetime trip to see your team play for the trophy or just gathering everyone around the flat screen to watch the drama, it’s Read More

The Hundred-Year Walk

Posted by Dawn Anahid MacKeen on January 24, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

When my mother found my grandfather’s notebooks, tucked away at the back of a bookcase, it changed my family’s life. My mother sat stunned at the dining room table, momentarily muted by the discovery. As she tried to translate it for me, sounding out her father’s writing, pressed inside the black and white speckled covers, Read More

Researching the Battle of the Bulge

Posted by Jennifer Holik on January 19, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

This month marks the 72nd anniversary of the end of the Battle of the Bulge, which was fought during World War II from 16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945, in the Ardennes in Europe. It was in this battle, that my cousin James Privoznik of the 90th Infantry Division, lost his life on 11 Read More