• You Found a Possible Ancestor in the US Census

    Mar 9

    You are going over a census record – 1860, 1880, 1900 or any other and you spot a name of someone who could be a relative. They might not be living with other known family members with the same name but rather was a 'boarder' or living with other family members with a different surname. To check you have the right person do the following. Revie...


  • Falsehoods in Genealogy

    Mar 7

    Whether you are new to doing your family history research or been at awhile, you do need to be careful and not assume all items, information, records are 100% accurate. There can be falsehoods you should be aware of. Here are just a few. One of the most important records in the US Federal Censuses. For the first time (and what would later turn out...


  • In England – Before Divorce

    Mar 5

    It might appear to be a bit strange for a civilized nation such as England, but it was common practice for a marriage to end, not in divorce but rather the husband selling his wife. In the 18th century England, it became a practice since divorces were only for the wealthy and even a separation could be expensive for the ex-husband, paying for her ...


  • The Outhouse

    Mar 3

    It is hard to imagine but many of our ancestors even just 70 years ago had no idea about having a bathroom and toilet inside their home. Having an 'outhouse', outside the separate small building as your toilet was the norm, accepted practice everywhere. It was a pit latrine or a bucket latrine and non-flushing. It did provide privacy, with waste g...


  • Your Great Grandfather Wore ‘Pink’ as a Baby

    Mar 1

    How babies were dressed over the centuries has changed quite a bit. By the mid-1800s with washing machines available and availability of store-bought fabrics, baby clothes began having a bit of hue or color to them. Earlier there were no colors assigned to either sex of a baby, it was usually white cotton (neutral) fabric for boys and girls but thi...


  • New Collection of Databases

    Feb 27

    A big collection of newspapers from across the state of Georgia are now available from the Digital Library of Georgia. These are search-able articles which can be viewed free online from the Georgia Historic Newspapers database. With nearly 54,000 pages of newspaper articles going from 1780s to more recent times – 1990s. The dates vary on the reg...


  • Peculiar Connects with Our Ancestors

    Feb 25

    There is more to your family tree than the collection of names, dates, and locations. Of course, there are the stories and tales that go with each and every one of your ancestors. What can be really fascinating is when you find some peculiar connects over the decades to the family lineage. For example, you might find that every major military war ...


  • Ordinary Ancestors – Also have Stories

    Feb 23

    You have compiled the family tree (or at least most of it) and you have names, BMD dates, locations, children, occupations and any military service of your ancestors. However, the most important of all to is locate any information which could be part of their life history. You are putting some 'flesh' to your ordinary ancestors because each does ha...


  • Library of Congress – Hometown Maps

    Feb 21

    Using vintage maps of an ancestor's hometown is a gold mine of information. If you know the street a family lived on or the location of their shop or business that is wonderful. Many people do not know the street a house was on. Yet using the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, made digital and available at the online Library of Congress site, searching h...


  • Using Facebook Sites for Surnames

    Feb 19

    There are thousands of social media Facebook Site centered around one or more related family surnames. Many are focused on a specific location or time frame. Here is a listing to help search for any that may be related. For example the Larkin and Hubbard Family of Buffalo, New York. Imagine you had seen the surname Hubbard in some of your research...