• Vintage Russian photos 1909-1915 – PT 2

    Jul 9

    The US Library of Congress has online a wonderful collection of vintage Russian photos covering 1909 to 1915 (before it Russian Revolution and it becoming a communist nation). It is the Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii Collection features color photographs. There are about 2,606 images of people, religious architecture, historic si...


  • Oldest Surnames

    Jul 7

    The family surname or also called the 'family name' or 'last name' is very important as you do your family research. It is the keyword or phrase as you begin because it is what ties a family together. Not that you won't have many surnames on that family tree due to female's maiden name and marriages. What can add a twist in doing the resear...


  • Any Acquired Witches in the Family?

    Jun 29

    The famed witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts colony, lasted between February 1692 and May 1693. Nearly 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft, including the homeless, the elderly, and even a four-year-old girl. (Dorothy Good) who was arrested but never on trial or harmed. The majority were jailed, and some were hanged. But none of ...


  • UK Census of the Homeless

    Jun 27

    Not many have known of this unusual census taken by the UK police of the homeless in the United Kingdom in 1911. The 1911 census for England and Wales was taken on the night of Sunday, April 2, 1911. The count included all individual households, plus institutions such as prisons, workhouses, naval vessels and merchant vessels. The UK census also ...


  • Researching Union and Confederate Graves

    Jun 25

    As you have done your family history and tree, you may have located individuals that you for sure served in the US Union Army or Navy or with the US Confederacy Army or Navy. There may be some you are not sure if they with either side during the American Civil War 1861-1865. One method to learn more is to check if on their headstone there is...


  • Include About Yourself

    Jun 23

    Researching about your ancestors can be a challenging and rewarding activity, one that will benefit living relatives today and future descendants. I have an example in my own family lineage, an ancestor who in the early 1880s, sent hand-written letters to all the relatives he could locate to provide him with information for the family tree ...


  • Ancestors’ Signatures

    Jun 21

    Just like famous celebrities' signatures can be worth a good deal of money, to you and your family your ancestor's handwritten signature can be just as valuable. Of course, the famous Babe Ruth's signature depending on condition, date and what it was written on (baseball, card, photo) can have a value of a couple hundred to several thousand...


  • Were Our Ancestors Truthful?

    Jun 19

    We have all come across an official document and from other sources, find a totally different bit of information on an ancestor that does not match. It makes you wonder if an ancestor lied at that time period for some reason. Now many of the differences you might find on a record or document can be explained as the official writing the...


  • Guidepost to Safe Places with the ‘Underground Railroad’

    Jun 17

    Many individuals have seen the 'black lawn jockey holding a lantern' in someone's front yard but did they really know the possible history of this ornament? Its meaning signified that the home with such an ornament in the 1850s and 1860s, was a stop on the Underground Railroad. These were largely a northern thing, and weren't commonly found ...


  • Haint Blue

    Jun 15

    An unusual phrase but one with a lot of meaning and tradition especially in certain US regions. Haint blue is a collection of pale shades of blue-green that are traditionally used to paint porch ceilings in the southern United States. The tradition originated with the Gullah in Georgia and South Carolina, mostly lowlands where many former A...