• TRY TO DO List for Family Researchers

    Mar 30

    We all have so many projects and activities to complete each month. When we set aside time to work on our family tree, we can make a lasting contribution to knowing our ancestral lineage and more about those relatives who helped get us where we are today. It can help to set up a list of things (most beyond the time spent in researching) to try...


  • Avoid the Following

    Mar 26

    It is easy to make mistakes while doing your family history research, the best researchers can get a name or date wrong. The main thing is to review what you have collected, gather evidence to support your findings and make the corrections. Too often one forgets some of the common errors in genealogical research and they do need to be reminded ...


  • Canada Gazette

    Mar 20

    This Canadian newspaper covers many decades of information about Canada, most often referred to as the Canadian’s government's official paper. The Library and Archives of Canada has now made searching online this historical newspaper very simple. The database covers from 1841 to 1997, quite a length of time. It can be searched using a key wor...


  • Check-Off List – Ten Ideas to check of your genealogy Check List!

    Mar 16

    Whether you are just beginning or have worked on your family tree for years, there can be many different aspects relating to your family and genealogy you have forgotten to investigate, do, search for, collect, or try. The following are just some ten ideas that you might want to consider completing so you can check it off this important list. Firs...


  • Databases on ‘Don’s List’

    Mar 6

    In trying to locate collections and databases, especially for harder to locate information, it is beneficial when people make the effort to put together large collections on the Internet to share with others. This is the case with 'Don's List' who has gathered several databases of information, especially relating to the Pittsburgh, Allegheny County...


  • Privateers During the War of 1812

    Mar 2

    You may think a privateer and a pirate are one in the same. True, they both raided and plundered ships on the high seas. The big difference was that a privateer was private and operated under a letter of marque issued by a national government. Over the centuries there have been hundreds of privateers for different nations. For the United States ...


  • Capture that Precious Memory

    Feb 28

    Today marks my 63rd birthday, but much more important it is the first time in those 63 years that my 'second mother', my godmother, my name sake, the family cousin was not here to mark the occasion since her passing this January at age 90. She was Alice Louise Walters Leffler Wallace, my mother's cousin - who were like sisters -- both take charge t...


  • Americana ETC.

    Feb 24

    If you have ever had the opportunity to explore through your grandparents' attic, old photo albums, family steamer trunks, a box filled with vintage letters, etc., then you had the chance to see the documents and personal possessions that were important enough to your relatives to be saved. For those with ancestors who have lived in the United Stat...


  • Divorce Records in the States

    Feb 18

    Like any of the vital records a family historian needs, such as birth-marriage and death records, one that can also be important are any divorce records. Now none of your ancestors may have ever been divorced, but unfortunately many individuals in a family did 'hide the fact' they were divorced at one time. Since it is a civil matter to be official...


  • Italian Surnames

    Feb 14

    If there is: Fabris, Panetta, Gardella, Zavaglia, Campioni, Matteri, Tarullo, or a thousand other various Italian surnames somewhere on your family tree, you will want to review the Italian Surnames Database. Here in alphabetical order are thousands of Italian family names from various provinces and regions across Italy. What is even better are t...