• Middle Names

    Mar 5

    You might not be able to find your ancestor's middle name because they never had one. Recall the first US President, George Washington - he had no middle name. It was not common practice in the 1700s and into the 1800s for the use of middle names. Then there was President Harry S. Truman. He had only a middle initial which did not stand for a mid...


  • Your Ancestor’s Profile

    Jan 25

    As you gather information on your ancestors, building the family tree, it is a great adventure ever so often to focus on just one ancestor or a married couple. Here you really go in depth to learn everything possible about a specific ancestor. You would be creating a detailed profile. So how do you begin? If you have the basic known information ...


  • What Our Ancestors Had

    Sep 19

      You have reviewed many time periods and there will many things in our ancestors' daily life, quite different from the 21st century! One of the most interesting due to all the changes that our ancestor's witnessed are any of your relatives born between 1895 and 1905 - right at the beginning of the 20th century. By combining some history yo...


  • Social Security Application with Details

    Sep 1

    Having an official document directly filled out by a specific ancestor can provide so much information. One of the best examples is the original application a person filled out for the Social Security Administration. For the date they completed the application will be about names, addresses, occupation, birth date, exact place of birth, the mothe...


  • Info in World War One Draft Cards

    Aug 29

    With Europe at war during what was called 'The Great War' beginning in 1914, America felt it needed to be prepared to expand their army if called on. So a special draft registration form was created for males born from September 11, 1872 to September 12, 1900. It didn't matter if they were born in a different country, if they were living in Ameri...


  • Find the Humor

    Aug 7

    You are busy collection and researching the vital records on your ancestors, did you ever spot some notation or phrase that made you break out into full blown laughter?? So where might you find such humor? Start by really examining what was written in an ancestor's Will. Many times the decease had the last word, by placing some unusual or strange ...


  • Texan Marriages 1837 – 1977

    Jul 17

    The big 'Lone Star' state of Texas has had many people come through, visit and live over the decades ... perhaps even some of your relatives. If they lived in any of the bordering states / territories such as Oklahoma, Louisiana, Kansas, Arkansas or New Mexico, they may have gone to Texas to be married. Available on is a free d...


  • Unlikely Occupations in the 21st Century

    Jun 25

    It can be fascinating to look back and attempt to see what occupations our ancestors performed. In the various census records you do see 'laborer' quite frequently -- which could be a variety of jobs. Another common listing is a farm worker since most people in the 18th and 19th centuries and earlier lived on a farm. However, even into the early 2...


  • Four Appalachian States

    Jun 22

    The four southern Appalachian states are Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina, due to the fact the Appalachian Mountains encompass part of the state. If you have any ancestors from these states and specifically from the Appalachian region, you will find the online site titled 'Appalachian Mountain Families' a most informative data...


  • Directories – Time Stands Still

    May 29

    The use of city directories is invaluable for all family history researchers. They offer a moment in time of the businesses, careers, shops, professionals in any given community. Besides a person's name and address will be their occupation. If they paid for an advertisement in the city directory, even better, since it offers even more details. E...