• Donate War Letters

    Jul 3

    The Center for American War Letters (CAWL) at Chapman University has a massive collection of every American conflict / war, beginning with handwritten messages composed during the American Revolutionary War in the 18th century and continuing up to emails sent from Iraq and Afghanistan in the 21st century. The majority are personal letters to friend...


  • Check-Off List — Part 2

    Jul 2

    Keeping a list of specific research techniques and resources is important. Back in March 2013 for (Check-off List -Ten ideas to check off your Genealogy Check List!) on the first ten suggestions for your list were offered. The following are ten new additional ideas that you might want to consider completing so you can check them of...


  • Order Military Pension Records at National Archives

    Jul 1

    Once you have figured out one of your ancestors served in the United States military, you do need to see if there are any pension records housed at the US National Archives. The online site 'Genealogy Research in Military' just might prove to be invaluable in gathering more information on that ancestor. It is not just those who served in times of ...


  • PA Soldiers in the Civil War

    Jun 29

    During the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War there is so much data online to assist the family history researcher. If you had ancestors who lived or served with any of the Pennsylvania units, the online site "Pennsylvania Volunteers of the Civil War" might be able to provide some answers in your search. It contains the state's infantry...


  • New York State Newspapers

    Jun 25

    The state of New York has a long history, being one of the original 13 colonies of the 1770s. So it is very possible you have ancestors who may have lived in some part of New York. Newspapers are one of the best sources for information on our ancestors, especially the local hometown papers. Available at the Fulton History web site are some 639 d...


  • Free Scanning Photos – FamilySearch

    Jun 23

    You have been putting off scanning those treasured family photos and documents. Now has made it very easy for everyone to achieve this very needed preservation.   At the over 2,800 Family History Centers across North America, FamilySearch has placed the new Lexmark MFPS scanners. They are very simple to operate and now make it ve...


  • Oral Family History

    Jun 21

    The authorities at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D. C. had stated that “it only takes three generations to lose a piece of oral family history.” Our ancestors, especially because they many times did not read or write, had only oral history as a method to hand down family events, names and stories. So it was co...


  • Family Reunion Ideas

    Jun 1

    Summer Time ! This is when many families attend family reunions. It is not too late to organize and plan one for this summer. Beyond the actual contacting the relatives and setting a location, you will want to do something memorable. Providing some type of keepsake for each family is the best method. Some ideas can be done ahead of time and will ...


  • Slang Words Used during the American Civil War

    May 29

    Words and phrases have changed over the decades. The way someone expressed themselves could have been acceptable and understood a hundred years ago and not understood today. People change and so does the language. Online is a listing "Civil War Slang" with meanings of some words and phrases, compiled by G. M. Atwater, that date back to the mid-180...


  • State Resources at Allen County Library

    May 27

    The Allen County Public Library is in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It has a wonderful genealogical department, one of the best in the country. The collection of databases of information covers just about every state and region of the country. Some of the databases can only be viewed at the Allen County Public Library. However, many are available online (t...