• 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...


  • The 1930s Writers’ Project

    Mar 18

    One of the many New Deal projects to help get people back to work during he 1930s Great Depression was the WPA (Works Project Administration) for writers. One was named 'Folklore Project' and the other 'Federal Writers' Project'. This paid writing assignment put over 6,500 men and women around the country to work, paying them a subsistence wage ...


  • Check-Off List – Ten Ideas to check of your genealogy Check List!

    Mar 16

    Whether you are just beginning or have worked on your family tree for years, there can be many different aspects relating to your family and genealogy you have forgotten to investigate, do, search for, collect, or try. The following are just some ten ideas that you might want to consider completing so you can check it off this important list. Firs...


  • A Boy’s Message to His Grandmother

    Mar 14

    One of the research techniques I use in gathering information about an ancestral hometown is to review the items up for auction with the online site of eBay. There can anything suddenly up for sale or bids that you would not have imagined ever existing. Featured could be personal letters, diaries, labeled photos, business letterheads, etc., just ab...


  • Additional Michigan Census Records

    Mar 10

    Just like many other states, Michigan conducted its own state censuses at various times throughout its history. They were done every 10 years between 1854 and 1904. Up to 1884, census takers recorded names and occupations only for men over the age of 21. They collected only numerical any information about the women and children in the household. ...


  • Denver, Colorado – Digital

    Mar 8

    As the Denver Public Library puts it: “It isn't just history anymore – it is America's quintessential region and culture right at your fingertips.” Having access to documents, records and photos, all in digital format has really assisted the family researcher. The material in this Denver Library Digital Collection covers more than just Co...