Biden’s Ties to The Blewitts of County Mayo

Posted by Kristie Wells on June 22, 2016 in Entertainment, Ireland, Research

Joe Biden recently visited the town of Ballina in County Mayo, Ireland – the former home of his great-great-great grandfather Edward Blewitt and his wife, Mary. Edward had trained as an engineer with the Ordnance Survey, and was employed as an overseer for the Ballina union workhouse. Ciarán Reilly, a historian at Maynooth University, notes Blewitt “gave Read More

How Kilts Were Built

Posted by Betty Shubert on May 24, 2016 in Research

This story began when Janice Moerschel sent a photo of a handsome, fun loving group of people in a wedding party in Scotland. I dated it as approximately 1933-1935 based on the hairstyles, long soft dresses on the women and well-tailored, formal suits on the men. Within the photograph, there is an adorable little boy who was wearing Read More

Eastern European Expert Lisa Alzo Shares Tips on Researching Eastern European Ancestry

Posted by Jessica Latinović on May 18, 2016 in Research

Eastern European expert Lisa Alzo dispels a few common myths surrounding Eastern European family history research and discusses her new projects which include a new book and her website, Immersion Genealogy. Here are some of the online resources Lisa shared: Ancestry Databases Czech Republic Bulgaria Russia Hungary Poland Romania Yugoslavia Czech National Archives Polish National Archives Google Translate Read More

Maps Can Reveal More Than Meets the Eye

Posted by Jessica Latinović on May 9, 2016 in Research

As family historians, maps are among the most visually interesting records we can use in our day-to-day research. Maps can help us discover a pattern in movements across county or state boundaries, and help us better understand the geography of a particular area. Certified Genealogists, Pamela Boyer Sayre and Rick Sayre share why maps can reveal Read More

Why U.S. Military Pension Records May Unlock Clues with Loretta Evans

Posted by Jessica Latinović on April 26, 2016 in Research

Loretta Evans, AG ® specializes in researching the Midwestern United States. We had the pleasure of interviewing her recently about U.S. military pension records. Tune in below to see why pensions are among the richest family history records and learn about some of the often-overlooked details that can be found in military pension files. Search Ancestry’s Read More

Finding Children When There Isn’t a Will

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on April 18, 2016 in Research

The U.S. Wills and Probates collections hold the answer to countless questions about our family trees. As you’re going through, don’t be disappointed if your ancestor didn’t leave a will. His (or sometimes her) death could still have generated records that answer who the children are. Guardianship Records Guardians become involved when the minor heirs have a Read More

Teasing the Truth From a Family Legend

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on April 8, 2016 in Research

“You know we’re related to Brigham Young.” That’s what my Grandma Johnson told me way back when I was first starting to show an interest in our family history. I was fairly impressed. When it came to matters of our ancestry, Grandma was always right. Except when she wasn’t. Working With the Family Legends Family Read More