• Armed Forces Day

    May 17

    The third Saturday in May is marked as 'Armed Forces Day. For 2019 it is on May 18th. This is simply a day to salute all of the men and women in all branches of the military, who protect you and our country. They can be called upon at a moment's notice to perform a risky and perilous mission for freedom and country. They train diligently...


  • Newspapers Across the States

    May 11

    Using vintage or even more current or recent newspapers from home states and counties of your ancestors are very invaluable. Especially decades ago, it was very common in medium-sized and smaller towns and counties to place all types of information in the newspaper about its citizens. Never pass up checking neighboring counties or areas th...


  • Write About Your Hometown

    May 9

    You all have hometown, growing up as a child memories. These memories play an important role in your family history stories. Even if you moved frequently, chances are that the towns and cities of your past still have a special place in your heart. As you look back, write about your hometown memories. The following are some ideas on how to...


  • Did You Know This about Headstones?

    May 5

    It is great to locate the cemeteries and headstones marking the graves of your ancestors. Only you won't find all your ancestors. Here are lesser known facts about grave sites and headstones. In the 1700s and earlier there were no cemeteries. People were buried on their family property or outside of the town limits. Later churchyards were used. It...


  • Motivation

    May 3

    Whether you are just starting or having been doing the family history research for years, you might be asked … “What is the reason you are researching your family?” In other words .. your motivation. Of course, everyone does have their own personal reasons but here are a few of the more common reasons. Many people want to know if there is s...


  • A Newbie to Family History Research

    May 1

    That could be describing you, a 'newbie', a beginner to working on gathering and researching your family lineage and to know about your ancestors. You can always welcome advice on the best approach to this awesome task of your family tree. First, have a plan of organization. You have to keep files on your computer and paper (hard copy) files as ba...


  • Telegrams

    Apr 29

    Due to the loss of his wife in 1825 when he was away and there was no quick method of informing Samuel Morse of his wife's death, he vowed to develop a means of communication that was faster than a letter. He would on the concept and developed the telegraph between 1830s to 1840s. Beside a better means of communication, there was a whole new occupa...


  • Collection of News Articles

    Apr 25

    Always an excellent resource in compiling your family history is the use of local hometown newspaper articles. It can be a short one sentence on a family member visiting friends or an engagement, military service, etc That is it … you never know what might be found. One individual whose service in the military during World War One I was research...


  • Descendant of Pocahontas?

    Apr 23

    You just might be part of some of the 100,000 people who claim to be descendants of Pocahontas through the Thomas Rolfe bloodline. Pocahontas, a Native Indian, was born about 1596 in what would later be the Virginia colony of Jamestown. She is the main character in the story of saving Jamestown citizen John Smith from being killed by her father, Ch...


  • Hair Art

    Apr 21

    Known as 'hair art' it has been a form of art that began in the 16th century or earlier, and flourished in the Victorian era (1800s). It was used by people wanting to keep a memento of a loved one before the invention of photography. Hair art originated in England and France and then made its way to the United States. This form of art can take the ...