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  • Passport Images

    May 23

    If you have a passport photo, it is no doubt on the same level as your driver’s license photo -- poor and unflattering at best!  Of course if that was the only image of you at a certain period of time or the only image at all, it would be priceless to a relative who did not have any photo of you.  This is the case with thousands of passport ima...


  • 108-Year-Old Family Treasure in a Museum

    May 21

    It happens, family collections, heirlooms, treasures are passed from generation to generation for decades until it may reach a time, there are no more descendants to receive the family items. This was the case for the Louis C. McFarlan family of Chester Co., Pennsylvania. Working as a genealogist and historian, I assist the local Stuart, Florida h...


  • Surprises Going Through Old Newspapers

    May 19

    They may have been originally meant to be discarded once they were read, but having the availability of old newspapers, either in print or digital format, has proved to be a super resource in doing one’s family history.  The newspaper, from small town to the cities, has continued to serve as a window into the community, the state, nation and lif...


  • Jewish Refugees and Others Databases

    May 17

    Using the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Archives site that is online can be superb resource for providing copies of documents, records, information and photos of the overseas rescue, relief and rehabilitation  of the thousands of displaced Jewish families and individuals. The entire archive has thousands of documents, books, audio r...


  • Why My Ancestors Still Immigrated Even After 1912

    May 15

    I have long thought about how very brave and determined our ancestors were to continue crossing the Atlantic in the months and years immediately after the sinking of the RMS Titanic in April 1912.  When I had acquired the ship manifests on several of my father’s family and when they came to resettle from Lancashire County, England to Essex Count...


  • What Have We Learned about 1940?

    May 14

    For most of us, it was over 72 year ago, a whole different world.  With the release of the U. S. Federal Census for April 1940, there have been many discoveries about our relatives.  As more states have been fully indexed, more will be known. Some interesting and fun items about life in 1940 can be learned now. Some of this data came from the ce...


  • Mother’s Day Tribute

    May 13

    Sunday, May 10th is celebrated in the United States as Mother’s Day.  It has gotten a bit too commercialized here since it was started as an official national holiday back in 1914 under the direction of President Woodward Wilson. The concept for this special day was begun by Anna Jarvis to honor her mother and other mothers across the countr...


  • Proof with Fraktur Family Records

    May 11

    For those ancestors of ours who settled in the 18th and 19th centuries in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia and Delaware, many were of a German and Swiss heritage, referred to as “Pennsylvania Dutch” or “Pennsylvania German”.  The term Dutch did not mean they were from Holland.  The ‘dutch’ term came from ‘deutsh’ which meant...


  • Oldest Child or Youngest?

    May 9

    Behavioral science has long been studying the birth order of individuals to learn how different one’s personality and chances of success can be based on whether they were an only child, the first born, middle child or the youngest. Many scientists believe parents treat their children different over a period of years, so resultin...


  • Newsletter May 2012 – Heritage Scrapbooking for Mother’s Day

    May 7

    Find Ancestors. Build Your Tree. Find Ancestors.  Build Your Tree. Create a Mother's Day gift she will cherish. Mother's Day is just around the corner. Have you thought about what you can give your Mother this year? Make it something perso...


  • Maryland and South PA Shared Sources

    May 7

    The region of central and western Maryland along with southern Pennsylvania has a long history of early settlement, many sections dating back before the American Revolutionary War.  When gathering ancestral  names and locations, if you have come across any, from any time period, in the Maryland and southern Pennsylvania areas, you will want to ch...


  • A Blend of Facebook & FamilySearch Sites

    May 5

    Social networking using a computer, tablet, iphone, etc. is the fastest method to connect with people from around the globe.  If you want to link up with people in an ancestral home country, the FamilySearch has made it very easy for you to do so. When doing family history research, you look for surnames, but you also check in depth where a relat...


  • Helpful Forms and Sheets

    May 3

    Organization is so important when doing your family history.  Remember you are recording and looking up about two major family branches -- your mother’s and your father’s side.  Each of those branches had two more branches, your grandparents, so now you have four major branches. If you don’t use some helpful forms and organizational sheets ...


  • May Day

    May 1

    The first day of May, the date traditionally recognized by many cultures as the beginning of the Spring season. However, there are many other events noted for the first of May, most which comes from other ethnic groups. See if you recognize any of these May 1st celebrations? The traveling circuses around the globe traditionally started their seaso...


  • Lost and Found Family Treasures

    Apr 29

    It is amazing how many of a family’s heirlooms; such as photos, journals, silverware, letters, samplers, Bibles, etc. can eventually belong to a collector, be in an antique shop, sold in an auction or in a yard sale. Fortunately, there are many individuals who have made it their mission to attempt to get such family artifacts - their ‘treasures...


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