family tree research

  • Finding Births-Marriages-Deaths in West Virginia

    Apr 10

    The state of West Virginia was once part of the state of Virginia. It broke away from the Confederate State of Virginia and was admitted as a new federal state in June 1863. The West Virginia Division of Culture and History has placed online some of their vital records. The Archives of West Virginia have made accessible information concerning birth...


  • Pay Tribute to a Long Life

    Apr 9

    I was fortunate enough to know my great-grandmother. Perhaps these days, more and more people are able to experience that. However, not too long ago, the life expectancy did not enable people that privilege. My great-grandmother lived to be 105 years old. Amazing isn't it? It gets even more amazing. She also learned to email in the last few year...


  • Colonial American and 19th Century Terms

    Apr 8

    The very best sources for a family historian are the primary vital documents; such things as Wills, deeds, journals, letters, certificates and ledgers. Where a problem could arise is in transcribing and interpreting such writings that date back to the 19th century or even into the period of Colonial America. The English language written and spok...


  • Looking for Canadian Ancestors

    Apr 6

    For those researchers doing family history it is very possible there are some relatives who lived in Canada at some time. This is especially true of ancestors with an English, Irish, Welsh or Scottish background. Many Americans have crossed the northern U. S. border to settle for a few years or permanently in Canada. During the two World Wars th...


  • What was the Money Valued for Your Ancestors?

    Apr 4

    One of the interesting aspects of searching one's family history are learning those small details, those things that made relatives from a hundred years ago more real to life. Nothing speaks to the reality of living than money. It has been a very necessary element in our ancestors' lives just as it is today. So as you gather information on ...


  • Military Aviation Accidents

    Apr 2

    Since the invention and then the utilization of airplanes by the military, there have been fatal plane crashes involving service personnel. The military does complete a report of each crash to see if there was a problem with the plane or pilot which contributed to the crash. From such knowledge it is hoped future occurrences will be minimized. ...


  • The Elusive Ancestor on the Census

    Mar 31

    The use of the U. S. Federal Census or any of the state censuses conducted in-between the each decade of the federal population count are a wonderful source of data about our ancestors. It is a way to gauge who was living with their parents, ages, occupations, property values and birth places. Following each decade that an ancestor lived is a min...


  • African-American Research Site

    Mar 25

    There all types of ethnic and racial groups and many different web sites to assist individuals interested in a specific group. The site AfriGeneas made it their mission to provide as many resources to people searching their African-American ancestry. The assistance they offer features a searchable database of surnames. This easy engine search a...


  • Someone Else found Your Family Photo

    Mar 23

    A family historian is always on the outlook for treasured family photos. There are long lost cousins who just might have photos of your great grandmother you had never seen. However, there are other people, not related in any form who also looking for old photos. They think of themselves as collections of antique family photos. They also look fo...


  • Post-Mortem Photos

    Mar 22

    If you have some old photos lying around, there is a chance that you could have some post-mortem photos lying around as well. Today, taking photos of the deceased seems like a strange and very weird thing to do. However, how often have you seen people pull out cameras at a funeral? I would say it happens fairly often. Our society seems to have made...