• Russian Photos 1907-1915

    May 17

    The Library of Congress acquired in the late 1940s a large collection of glass plates / negatives of photos done in the early 1900s of Russian scenes. They were done by Prokudin-Gorskii during the time the Russian Empire still existed. He had even been known as the photographer to Russian Tsar Nicholas II. With the downfall of the royal empire...


  • Study An Ancestral Hometown

    May 3

    A really unusual online database of information on ancestral homelands is titled "One Place Studies". Its purpose is to gather and share information about as many villages, towns, cities, so that those researching their own family ancestral places and not living there can have a much better idea what that place is like and especially how it was wh...


  • Images of African-Americans in the 19th – 20th Centuries

    May 1

    The photo collections from the Library of Congress, Emory University, Library of Congress and others have made them possible to view online through a couple different locations. For those who have the subscription, the collection of photos of African-Americans covering 1850 to 2000 is now available. The site is easy to search, with key...


  • Columbus, Ohio Postcards & Images

    Apr 25

    Nothing better to knowing what a time and place were like decades ago than through photographs and especially postcards. The Columbus, Ohio Metropolitan Library has gathered a large collection of images and made them accessible online. There are three major divisions. First is the postcards section with over 9,000 postcards during the late 19t...


  • North Carolina Family Names

    Apr 23

    For anyone with ancestors from the State of North Carolina, there is online a nice database of surnames found in a variety of documents and records. It is part of the North Carolina Family Records Online site, with material from the state archives and state library of North Carolina. Here you will see a massive list of surnames, in alphabetical ...


  • What Was Your Ancestor’s Occupation?

    Apr 5

    Many times that question is very easily answered – they were a farmer. In 1790 with the first US census there was a total population of approximately 3.9 million, of which 90% were in agriculture – farming. Going fifty years later, 1840 census, the population was 17 million of which 69% were in agriculture. The very beginnings of the industrial...


  • Wand Scanning Family Photos and Documents

    Apr 1

    With today's technology there is no reason why many or most of our ancestor's one of a kind collection of photos, causal candid or formal portraits, along with some non-replaceable documents, journals and records can not be 'saved' in a digital format. True, if something happens to the original wedding portrait of your great grandmother, it can be ...


  • 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 ...


  • Creative Ways to Display Your Ancestors

    Mar 24

    Doing the research to gather information on one's ancestors can be difficult and does take time. However, when you are ready to display some of your findings, you can become very creative. Of course always have the tree on paper in its basic outline form. Having it on a software program for genealogy with you computers is also a great idea. Y...


  • Bombs Dropped on London

    Mar 22

    It may be hard to imagine such an event happening, but the city of London did face the German Blitz (also called London Blitz) for over a year, with bombs dropped from German planes all across the city. There is now a map developed for viewing online of the sights of where bombs were dropped on the city. Known as 'Bomb Sight', it maps out and pinp...