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  • Photo Collections at Brigham Young University

    Apr 29

    In BYU photo collection which has been made digital are nine major collections by different photographers and collectors. Images from World War II, to 19th century American West landscape photos to 293 photographs of California, especially of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake images are just three examples. Once you select a collection you can bro...


  • Transcribe for the Smithsonian

    Apr 28

    A great method to give back and assist fellow researchers is on the Smithsonian Digital Volunteers online site. Here volunteers from their own homes, some 11,366 "volunpeers" added more to the total 363,434 pages of field notes, diaries, ledgers, logbooks, currency proof sheets, photo albums, manuscripts, biodiversity specimens labels that have bee...


  • Michigan – Site of the 2018 NGS Family History Conference

    Apr 28

    The annual National Genealogical Society conference will beheld May 2 to 5, 2018 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The theme for this national conference is “Paths to Your Past”. During the four days, individuals will be able to share their own success research stories and learn from others, some 2,000 genealogists. Some 175 lectures will be p...


  • The Weather on a Specific Day

    Apr 26

    Wouldn't it be great to add some basic information about the weather in a certain location related to your ancestors a specific event – such as their birth? Using the chart of weather across the United States done by the Midwestern Region Climate Center, you can get an idea of weather condition the day an ancestor was born. Now it only goes back...


  • Google Photos

    Apr 23

    The Google search engine is not just for text and websites but a section is titled Google Images. Researchers can search for images of all kinds on Google Images. Some of the types of interesting images can be a photograph of old buildings related to the family history, old maps showing the location of the family farm, pictures of present-day rela...


  • Make your Ancestor’s Birth Info Interesting

    Apr 21

    As you gather information, here is how to make the written info on an ancestor's birth more interesting. Basic information: Nan M. Everhart was born Aug. 9, 1915 in Frederick, Maryland to Dr. David G. Everhart and Eva Bixler Everhart. Yes, all the basic data is there but it is dull. Here is an example of how to add to the birth info. On a Mond...


  • County Histories

    Apr 19

    An often overlook resource are the county history books and pamphlets done in the late 19th century and early 20th century. There was a big push for counties to record their history and include the local residents who helped establish the county. The former Confederate states of the south were the only ones to have the fewest county's devote their ...


  • Ordinary Mistakes to Avoid

    Apr 17

    There is so much to be careful of when doing the research and then compiling your findings on your ancestral tree. Here are a a few examples of ordinary errors to avoid. At first, you might think you have found a surname spelling mistake. Instead, it is more likely Alternate Spellings for given and surnames. Over a generation or moving to another ...


  • Ideas to Stimulate Writing Your Life Story

    Apr 15

    Doing your ancestors' family tree and their stories are fascinating. Yet you should also take a bit of time to get your own life story started for future generations. Wouldn't you have loved such a document from your great grandfather – his life, trials, hardships, joys, interests, and achievements? Take that time to write out some of your own l...


  • How Did the Wrong Family Info Get There?

    Apr 13

    You may think you have everything correct as far as names, places, and dates for all the individuals on your family tree, including the extended families … but there could be some wrong information there or every individual who does not belong to your family tree. So how does that happen? First, did you inherited a family tree or information fro...


  • MyHeritage Improved their One-To-Many Chromosome Browser

    Apr 12

    MyHeritage has implemented improvements to their recently released One-to-Many Chromosome Browser. These changes were made because users requested them. Three new additions make it easier to use the Chromosome Browser pages and provide additional information about your DNA Matches. The first improvement allows you to easily reference your compa...


  • Access to New York City Vital Records Could be Restricted

    Apr 11

    The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) wants to bring awareness to an amendment that could restrict your access to New York City vital records. They ask that genealogists sign a petition and register an official comment online about the amendment. The NYG&B describes the situation this way: “In 2017, the New York Ci...


  • Archives for Photos

    Apr 11

    You might not have thought you could find photos of family members in a state's, or county's archives but it is possible. First, see what archives for a state, region or county are available. Whenever visiting any size archive (this includes Museums), always ask about their Photograph Collection. The archivist may first give you an index to look th...


  • Collections of Church Records at

    Apr 10 frequently updates their existing record collections. The best way to find what's new is to check out the Recently Added and Updated Collections on Ancestry page. Ancestry recently updated and added church record collections. Evangelical Records – new collections The records in this collection consist of administrative records f...


  • Ancestor NOT on a Census – Why?

    Apr 9

    We all have at least one ancestor who we believe was alive but we can not find them on a specific census year record. There can be reasons a relative was not counted on a certain census year. Here are a few of the ideas. Many people were out of town and missed the count – especially traveling for work, such as salesmen or workers for a railroa...


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