• Library of Congress – Hometown Maps

    Feb 21

    Using vintage maps of an ancestor's hometown is a gold mine of information. If you know the street a family lived on or the location of their shop or business that is wonderful. Many people do not know the street a house was on. Yet using the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, made digital and available at the online Library of Congress site, searching h...


  • Using Facebook Sites for Surnames

    Feb 19

    There are thousands of social media Facebook Site centered around one or more related family surnames. Many are focused on a specific location or time frame. Here is a listing to help search for any that may be related. For example the Larkin and Hubbard Family of Buffalo, New York. Imagine you had seen the surname Hubbard in some of your research...


  • Finding Forgotten Photos

    Feb 17

    You can get frustrated when trying to locate any images of some of your ancestors. You have checked with other relatives, to see what they have, but you may need to go beyond. Unfortunately, people cleaning out estates sold off vintage family photo albums. Using the online site 'Lost Faces' may be of some assistance. They have collected many vinta...


  • Keeping Up with the Latest in

    Feb 15

    Many family researchers use the numerous databases supplied by They can be accessed through public libraries or genealogical societies with a subscription or by personal individual subscriptions for home use. does continue to add new and expanded databases on many different topics. For the new year 2019, some databases a...


  • Order Your Ancestor’s Social Security Application

    Feb 13

                          Often forgotten to acquire for your vital records' files on members of your ancestral family are those who did fill out an application for Social Security Card in the United States. In the mid-1930s when Social Security was first instituted, many adult men and women signed up for this innovative retirement income a...


  • World War One Draft Registrations – the Notable Names

    Feb 11

    Of course, if you had male ancestors born between 1872 and 1899, you have checked if they had completed a US Draft Registration form during World War One (US – 1917-1919). Remember all males in that age range, whether native born, naturalized, or alien had to complete the card. It is an excellent source of information on that person – birth dat...


  • Females and Their US Citizenship

    Feb 9

    It can be a struggle to research any information about your female ancestors and one of the hardest is their citizenship. Immigrant women who married American citizen men became American citizens from 1855 to 1922. The new U. S. Expatriation Act of 1907 stated that such citizenship via marriage would not only affect the immigrant woman, but also t...


  • Never Use a Baggie

    Feb 3

    You are organizing your family documents, diaries, photos, journals and other records. You think they should be in a sealed plastic bag to protect from moisture and dirt. Well, think again. More damage can actually be caused by sealing family heirlooms in a cheap plastic bag. As it turns out paper items, photographs, film, and tape are all made f...


  • First Africans in an American English Colony – PT 2

    Jan 29

    The first captured Africans brought and sold as indentured servants in Jamestown Colony was 1619. Here is the documentation. The number of Africans is documented with colonial Virginia's census, compiled in March 1620, at which time the population included 892 Europeans and, among "Others not Christians in the Service of the English," were four In...


  • First Africans in an American English Colony – PT 1

    Jan 27

    As you research your family in America, the major events in American history can be very important to know. One event may not often be thought of was when the first captive Africans came to the English American colonies. Not only you may have had an ancestor among those early African slaves or maybe an ancestor who owned the slaves. This year – ...