• A Few Hints for Using a Search Engine

    Jan 18

    Remember the saying; “type your own given and surname and see what comes up on Google search engine”. That would be true of any search engine: Bing, DuckDuckGo, Yahoo, Ask!, Dogpile, Creative Commons and others. The following are a few hints when using any search engine for your ancestors or family hometowns. Many times a search ...


  • Postcards

    Jan 13

    We all have a collections of postcards saved by our ancestors. It might only be one special one or hundreds of cards. So what is a postcard? Postcards are used to write to a friend or family member from a vacation. Postcards can be a means to simply say "Hi." People often send postcards local postcards as greeting cards. They are a simple ...


  • Genealogical Societies – Preserving Your Family Tree

    Jan 12

    You have worked for some time to gather and document your ancestors in the family tree. You might have stories about individuals, added to the family history. This is quite a collection and needs to be preserved for future generations. Of course, you have many copies made and send to relatives for them to keep. That should be digital a...


  • Database of Freed Slaves

    Jan 4

    With the and the Freedmen's Bureau there is available online a database of records for the freed slaves after the Emancipation in the 1860s. The Freedmen’s Bureau was established in 1865 to help transition former slaves from slavery to citizenship, providing food, housing, education, and medical care. This was the first tim...


  • Top Two DNA Kits

    Dec 23

    With the wide variety of available DNA kits you might wonder which are considered the top two DNA kits out of the top five selling kits offered. There were two services which consistently led all assessments by other surveyors, while also offering strong privacy options and a large sample size. These top two had their services examined for not o...


  • Post Civil War Newspapers of Georgia

    Dec 15

    For ancestors who lived in the state of Georgia during the American Civil War (1861-1865) or especially following the war – the period of Reconstruction (1865-1877) the Digital Library of Georgia has online an interesting collection of newspapers from across the state during the War and Reconstruction (1861-1877). There are the free se...


  • Parcel Post Children

    Dec 5

    The short-lived event may not have affected your ancestors personally, but then again maybe it did. A major innovation came to the US Post Office system by the 20th century. They were now going to carry and deliver large parcels and packages through the US mail. Any package prior to the 20th century was handled and delivered by private ...


  • Start with Vital Records

    Dec 1

    In genealogy, vital records are referred to as primary and secondary sources. These written documents help provide proof of an event in a person s life. There are birth certificates, birth registrations, baptismal records, marriage licenses, wedding certificates, divorce records, death registrations, church records, funeral home records, cemeter...


  • Shared Surnames of Celebrities

    Nov 29

    A fun activity to get family members interested in doing family history research is looking up about famous, present-day celebrities and see if there is any link to a branch on your family tree. Pick any surname on your family tree and do a Google search for any famous individuals with that name. Using my family maiden name, I did 'Kersh...


  • FamilySearch Digital Library

    Nov 23 has a great collection of material with its 'Digital Library'. It is actual collections from a number of major libraries across the nation. These are world-renowned genealogical research partner libraries: Allen County Genealogical Center, Arizona State Library, Birmingham Public Library, BYU Family History Library, Houston Publ...