Family History

  • American Revolutionary Soldiers & Sailors Database

    Mar 27

      There are nearly 18,000 records for state rosters of American Revolutionary War soldiers and sailors from the states of Alabama, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Vermont, and Virginia available on It covers the years of 1775 to 1783. Each of the six colonies or territories are different in the type of information p...


  • Your Ancestors Were Immigrants

    Mar 21

    You probably won't have to dig too far back into your family history to discover that some of your ancestors were born outside of the United States. You might already know what countries some of them originated from. Your ancestors were immigrants. Around the year 1000, a small number of Vikings came to what would later be called The United Stat...


  • Create a Genealogical Will

    Mar 11

      If you have any type of collection of family photos, history, documents, journals, letters, vital records or written family history, you will want to see that your surviving family knows your wishes as to what happens to those items. If you have a family member who has already requested to take over those records and photos after your death...


  • Biographical Books aka ‘Mug Books’

    Mar 1

    Written stories of family events, yes, many were written by family members on their own family years ago. These can provide such insight to individuals in a family at certain periods of time. Of course, there are not such biographical family books or what were once termed 'mug books' for every family. Many such books were created in the late 1800s,...


  • Things to Expect From FamilySearch in 2016

    Feb 9

    It's always nice when a popular genealogy website gives users hints about what to expect from it in the upcoming year. Genealogists tend to prefer advance notice (rather than having something unexpectedly discontinued or dropped on them). Here are some things to expect from FamilySearch in 2016. FamilySearch is one of the most popular genealogy ...


  • Tool Kit – Tips for Beginners

    Jan 5

    Genealogy is a popular hobby. Jumping into it as a beginner can seem intimidating. How does one get started? Are there helpful templates and charts out there, somewhere? This blog is part of a series of Tool Kits. It is normal to feel overwhelmed, and perhaps a bit confused, when beginning a new hobby. One way to get started is to...


  • Why You Can’t Find Your Ancestor Online

    Jan 4

    One of the reasons that genealogy has become a very popular hobby is due it how easy it has become to access information about one's ancestors. Genealogists use, or FamilySearch, or both. The assumption is that everything you want to find is online. Sometimes, that simply isn't so. Here are some of the reasons why you can't find your a...


  • RootsTech 2016 Why Attend?

    Nov 3

    Roots Tech 2016.  Why attend? RootsTech is the largest family history conference in the world! The upcoming sixth annual global conference “Celebrates Families Across Generations" and has seen tremendous growth and momentum across the globe. This annual event has become the largest of its kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands...


  • 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Frightening

    Nov 2

    The No Story Too Small blog has been offering plenty of fantastic writing prompts for family historians and genealogists to use in their blogs. If you did all the themes they suggested, you would end up writing about 52 ancestors in 52 weeks. One of the themes for November is “Frightening”. The themes are considered to be suggestions. You...


  • Fatty Liver Disease has a Genetic Component

    Oct 27

    When we think about diseases that run in our family, a few may come to mind right away. There are genes that increase a person's risk for developing breast and cervical cancer. Tay-Sachs disease is the result of a genetic mutation in the NEXA gene. Researchers have discovered another disease that has a genetic component, and it isn't one that you m...