Family History

  • Winter Time — Do Those Relative Interviews

    Feb 9

    One of the most valuable resources could be a phone call away. It is relatives that you can interview, ask questions, exam their photo collection, etc to learn more about your family lineage. With this being winter time and many people are home, making a phone call, maybe a visit to a relative to interview them is great timing. If calling, make ...


  • The Panama Canal Zone

    Feb 3

    If you came across a relative, especially a young male, who did not appear on specific census records between the early 1900s and the 1930s and you don't know what happened to him during those years, you might need to exam the records held by the site on the American Panama Canal Zone. With the construction of this massive proj...


  • A ‘Famous’ Ancestor

    Feb 1

      It appears everyone has a secret desire that as they work on their family history that a famous relative will be found. Viewing the recent 'Genealogy Roadshow' on PBS, that is a common theme. Checking a dictionary, the word 'famous' means a renown, notable, illustrious, eminent, distinguished or celebrated person. To include a former U. S....


  • Anyone Ever Spot a UFO?

    Jan 29

    There can be many legends in a family and one just might be a relative seeing a UFO (unidentified flying object). Actually from 1947 to 1969, a total of 12,618 sightings were reported to the U. S. Air Force 'Project BLUE BOOK'. Of these 701 remain "Unidentified." The project was headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and records kept in...


  • Search Social Media

    Jan 27

    You are always looking for new methods to connect and learn more about your relatives and hopefully gather new information on ancestors. Using today's social media such as Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter you just might be able to connect to new resources. Locating distant cousins or those with an interest in specific surnames might have photos, ...


  • 52 Weeks of Ancestors

    Jan 8

    Would you like some motivation that would make your genealogy research a bit more exciting? Sometimes, all it takes is a set of pre-planned goals that several people are doing at the same time to make that happen. You can get a weekly “prompt” from the No Story Too Small website. The project is called “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks”. The 2015...


  • Related to a Celebrity??

    Dec 27

    Everyone loves to knows the life and times of the famous, the notables, celebrities and the stars. What is even better to find they are part of your family tree. You can't go just by a person's surname, since many celebrities have changed their birth surname to a stage name. Some are easy to locate with a surname. I located a second cousin, Glenn ...


  • Hometown Traditions at Christmas Time

    Dec 25

    Just like our ancestors had different traditions and customs within their own family, so would each hometown vary in how their celebrated the holidays. One tradition that is found throughout the decades in the 20th and into the 21st centuries is that of Christmas parades, many of which have carried on this traditions for 60 plus years. There wil...


  • What are your Genealogy Resolutions?

    Dec 24

    The end of the year inspires people to make some New Year's Resolutions. People who love genealogy can make some genealogy resolutions instead. What would you like to accomplish in the upcoming year? Take the time to write down some of your genealogy related goals. Doing so is the first step towards accomplishing them. What should your new genea...


  • The History of Christmas Cards

    Dec 16

    Have you finished sending out all your Christmas cards? Sending Christmas cards out to family and friends is an longstanding tradition. As such, many of us take the time (and spend the money) to send a Christmas card to a long list of people. Some of them may be people we don't even connect with at any other time if the year. Have you ever wondered...