• Library & Archives of Canada

    Sep 14

    With the entire northern length of the United States bordered with the Commonwealth nation of Canada, it is very possible a few ancestors were born, lived or died there. In fact an aspect most people don't realize is that many young men during World War I who were not accepted in the military in their native United States (health or occupational re...


  • Immigrates to England: 1801 – 1871 & 1918 – 1957

    Sep 4

    We always tend to think of people resettling in the United States or Canada, however, many people resettled in the 19th and 20th century in England, coming from other European, African or Asian nations. The National Archives for the United Kingdom has a collection of those individuals seeking to be admitted to England between 1801 and 1871. The ...


  • California Birth Indexes 1905-1995

    Aug 31

    Having online databases has made some aspect of family history research much easier. It is still good to have the actual copy of vital records by requesting from the state or county for a birth, marriage or death records. The California Birth Index has made it easy for a research to even know if a birth record exists for a relative. The Califor...


  • Pennsylvania and the Civil War

    Aug 5

    At the Penn State University Library they have placed online a massive American Civil War (1860-1865) collection of documents, photos, recollections, veteran pensions, diaries, list of deserters, biographies of residents of PA involved with the Civil War, maps, info relating to neighboring states, newspapers of the era, soldier database, letters, ...


  • Any Relationship to a Signer of the Declaration of Independence?

    Aug 2

    It was Friday, August 2, 1776 the famous Declaration of Independence was actually signed, as many historians believe. The delegates actually unanimously approved of declaring independence on July 2nd and the wording and writing of the document was finished on Thursday, July 4th. The signing of the document by 56 delegates at the Second Continental...


  • Local Sources

    Aug 1

    An often overlooked resource when doing your family history was the locations / towns / cities / counties that an ancestor lived, especially an ancestral hometown if they family was in the same town for decades. It is amazing the different resources you can find in a local community that just might some details about your family. Start at the to...


  • Missouri Digital Records

    Jun 14

    The 'Show Me State' is Missouri in the heartlands of the America. This area became one of the major settlements for frontier pioneers in the 1830s to 1850s. You could easily have numerous ancestors who lived in Missouri at one time or another. To assist those researching the State of Missouri has many of their archives in digital form and online...


  • Holocaust Resources

    Jun 10

    Over the last 20 to 30 years resources have greatly improved for providing documents, records and photos of events surrounding the Holocaust. Most important to any researcher would be the families and individuals who were directly affected by the Holocaust during the 1930s and 1940s. Not just those sent to concentration camps, but included are thos...


  • Slaveholders

    May 27

    The online repository known as 'Our Black Ancestry' (OBA) has placed a large collection of records that provides the names of people who held slaves in mid-1800s in America. The site has tabs at the top broken down into categories. There are 'Slaveholders by Surname', 'Slaveholders by County', then 'Shared Legacies'. To assist with further resea...


  • Avoid Becoming Frustrated

    May 13

    Being aware of the positive collection of family history information that can be gathered along with the 'pitfalls' can ease the possibility of becoming frustrated doing research. The following are some ideas to help keep you on the right track and not become annoyed. Step one is to always begin with what is known---mostly yourself. Have yourse...