• Memorial Day Research

    May 26

    The Memorial Day weekend would be an excellent opportunity to either jump start your family history research or spend a little extra time on those family lines or individuals that need some of the gaps of information filled in. It is amazing what can be accomplished with just a couple hours of time. A few suggestions would include to sort and labe...


  • Maryland and South PA Shared Sources

    May 7

    The region of central and western Maryland along with southern Pennsylvania has a long history of early settlement, many sections dating back before the American Revolutionary War.  When gathering ancestral  names and locations, if you have come across any, from any time period, in the Maryland and southern Pennsylvania areas, you will want to ch...


  • Use of a Wildcard to Search

    Apr 19

    Using the right search techniques can save you a good deal of time. Once you have done any amount of research you will see there are various spellings for given names and surnames.  Then there can even be differences in spelling of certain hometowns. Of course trying to figure dates for births-marriages and death can be quite challenging. So by...


  • Go Back and Use IGI and Pedigree Resources

    Apr 17

    Two sources many times overlooked by researchers are the IGI (International Genealogical Index) and the Pedigree Resource File (PRF).  Both of these are and have been for decades available free through  They can also be accessed at any of the Family History Centers across the country or overseas. So using either one is simple...


  • Crossing the Canadian Border at Detroit

    Apr 15

    With such a long border between the United States and Canada, some 3,987 miles just with the lower 48 states, there are several official locations that people can cross to visit or immigrate into the country. One of the major places to cross is at the Port of Detroit in Michigan coming from Ontario province into the United States. Other nearby entr...


  • US Military Forces Database – World War Two

    Apr 13

    As you have gone through your pedigree chart listing relatives and ancestors, if any males were born between about 1890 and 1922, they may have served in one of the branches of the United States Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Corps, Marines and Coast Guard) during World War Two. However, make note not just males, but many women, especially born betw...


  • A Moment in Time – 1850

    Apr 11

    Look at the year 1850 in the United States, a young nation; no American Civil War yet, the Gold Rush just began, many of our ancestors were starting to move further west to the Great Plains in the covered wagons, the Industrial Revolution was just getting started, travel on the rivers was by steamboats and there was approximately 23.2 million peopl...


  • Key Ideas When Researching Your Ancestors

    Apr 9

    You are just beginning or you have worked for awhile on putting together your family history. No matter what the situation, everyone comes across some stumbling blocks, those ancestors you don’t know where to research or you just not sure which direction to proceed with. Here are some key ideas to try when you’re stumped.  First, remember y...


  • World War I and II Assistance

    Apr 5

    Two of the greatest military conflicts during the 20th century were the ‘Great War’ - later known as World War I and then less than 20 years later the second great war, this one being World War II.  No one can say they did not have a relative or ancestor involved somehow in either of those conflicts and in some cases served in both. Now it ...


  • 1940 Census Day Has Arrived

    Apr 2

    The time has arrived, what every family history researcher has been waiting for -- the April 1940 U. S. Federal Census, available today at 9 a.m.  Of course that does not mean you can click on any database now to find your ancestors in 1940. View this short 3 minute video supplied by the National Census Archives, holders of the census, to bette...