Family History

  • Use Throwback Thursday for Family History

    May 6

    Genealogists and family historians should pay close attention to social media on Thursdays. That's the day when people post old photos of themselves from when they were much younger. Some people will post photos that include some of their relatives, too. The “event” (for lack of a better word) is called “Throwback Thursday”. People ...

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  • DeadFred

    Apr 25

    Being on the outlook for other sources of family photos is an important aspect of your research. One interesting outside of family source is an online site named 'DeadFred', a genealogy photo archive. It is an unusual name but just might have a family image you were not aware of. This site has over 18,700 surnames with photos plus some 117,000 docu...

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  • Saving Photos, One Story at a Time

    Apr 23

    Your family photos are precious. Each one captures a moment in time that you can look back on, and remember, every time you see the photo. Have you ever wanted an easy way to share the story that connects to some of your family photos? There's an Instagram account that will help you do it! Family historians gather up photos of relatives and ance...

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  • Genetics and PTSD

    Apr 8

    PTSD is generally considered to be a mental, or emotional, disorder that appears after a person has experienced trauma. Recently, researchers found that there appears to be some genetic influences that play a role in PTSD. This knowledge could lead to new ways to treat the disorder. PTSD stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The Mayo Clinic...

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  • Things to Ask Your Older Relatives. Four Interview Prompts.

    Apr 2

    There are a lot of families that have a collection of stories that are handed down from one generation to another. In addition, there are stories that haven't been as wildly shared, but are also important to record. It can be difficult for family historians to figure out where to begin or how to learn more. Start with these four questions that...

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  • 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Favorite Photo

    Apr 1

    Looking for an interesting way to add some photos to your family history blog? The No Story Too Small blog has an creative way to do it. It is part of their “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks” project. The “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks” project gives genealogists and family historians some wonderful ideas that will help them write about 52 different ...

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  • Genealogical Gophers

    Mar 19

    An online site, Genealogical Gophers, searches 40,000 genealogy books that have been digitized by FamilySearch. Most are books that were published prior to 1923, so no longer covered by copyright laws. They range from county histories to city directories to family histories. There’s a little bit of everything. In doing a search, it is easy to...

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  • Common Genealogy Regrets

    Mar 19

    Take a moment and think back about the years you have spent working on genealogy research. Chances are, what came to mind are a mixture of genealogy successes and failures. Even mistakes can be valuable when a person is learning a new skill. Did you come up with any genealogy regrets? What is a genealogy regret? It is similar to a regular regret...

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  • MyHeritage

    Mar 5

    Since 2003, the online website titled MyHeritage has made the creation of a digital family tree very simple for its users.  By just starting simply with one's immediate family (parents and siblings), their names and birth dates, a person can add additional information, photos, videos, records, documents, etc to build their family tree. The be...

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  • Make Copies of What You Post on Ancestry.com

    Mar 2

    Ancestry.com is one of the most popular genealogy websites, and with good reason. It offers a plethora of records, is easy to use, and gives genealogists an easy way to create and add to their family trees. Even so, it is advisable that genealogists make copies of everything they post at Ancestry.com (or other online genealogy websites). Many pe...

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