Family Heritage

  • Read between the Census Lines

    Jun 20

    The use of US Federal and state census records are invaluable for anyone doing family history research. Unfortunately, you might not be looking at all the details and information each census record offers. Starting with the left side look at and record any information and number relating to where the family house is located. Not every year had th...


  • Utah Newspapers

    Jun 9

    Having newspapers that cover hometown news, events, families and individuals is a treasure chest for information. The University of Utah has placed online a long list of local newspapers; titled the 'Utah Digital Newspapers' from across Utah covering many different time frames. They have them from all the state's counties with some dating back to ...


  • Make a Short Video from Photos

    Jun 5

    It is great to create a story of an ancestor or of a specific family branch. Using the '' online software, you can do it easily. Use family photos to make a short video on any person, event or subject can be quite creative and fun. The 'Spark.Abode' site can assist you all the way, helping to add special graphics, creating a web sit...


  • Dublin, Ireland Prisoner Records – 1905-1918

    Jun 3

    You might not want to find an ancestor in these sets of records, but if a relative lived in Dublin in the early 20th century and had a few 'social' run in with the law, you will find this source invaluable. There were many social conflicts in Dublin during those years and many arrests made by the police. The records on this Dublin police database...


  • The ‘Other’ Search Engines

    May 27

    In any type of research and especially when working on your family history, you are very dependent on the use of search engines on the Internet to attempt to locate a document, database, photos, a record, a journal, letters, or book that could provide that little key bit of information missing about your ancestors. Google is always number one when...


  • Regions of America

    Mar 15

      From Colin Woodard in his book "American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America" he sees that America is “our continent’s famed mobility has been reinforcing, not dissolving, regional differences, as people increasingly sort themselves into like-minded communities.” Woodard breaks the nation into 11...


  • 19th Century Names on Ships’ List

    Mar 13

      If you have managed to get a rough idea of when you ancestors arrived in America, you just might be able to view the passenger list, handwritten by ship officials, with that ancestor listed. It can reveal some interesting information, especially the spelling of the ancestor's name. True, there can still be errors in the spelling but seeing ...


  • 250 Hometown Newspapers

    Mar 9

      The site 'SmallTownPapers' you have free access to more than 250 current small town newspapers in the United States. Look down the list of states and names of newspapers in that state available. From the newspaper's main page on the SmallTownPapers site, click the Scanned Archives tab and then the Browse icon to view the available years. Ne...


  • Women’s History Month

    Mar 7

      There are several federal governmental agencies and museums honoring America's women during March. From the Library of Congress, the National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Besid...


  • Leap Year–Leap Day

    Feb 29

      Every four years there is an extra day added to the calendar, always at the end of February and it is February 29. With the seasons and astronomical events (because the Earth does not orbit around the sun in precisely 365 days) changing over the years and only in whole numbers, it has become necessary to add the extra day every four years. ...