• Doing a Timeline

    Sep 3

    Family History is not just names and dates but the stories that go with those individuals. A straight basic timeline can provide the dates and names but there also several other types of timelines. There is the individual ancestor timeline – where you plot out the history on just ONE ancestor – select the one you do have a good deal of info s...


  • Digital Library of Georgia

    Jun 23

    Several states have done a fabulous job making many of their collections (photos, letters, documents, etc.) in a digital format. One outstanding example is the Digital Library of Georgia. Gathering collections from libraries, museum, donations, etc their digital collections represent resources on Georgia history, culture, and life. However, there ...


  • How Did They Meet??

    May 3

    Think about it !  Do you know how your parents met? Were they introduced by mutual friends, did they accidentally run into each other, classmates, were they co-workers – there are a million different stories of how a couple first met. This becomes you chore now, to learn how your parents met. If both or one is alive, no problem, just asked and ...


  • County Histories

    Apr 19

    An often overlook resource are the county history books and pamphlets done in the late 19th century and early 20th century. There was a big push for counties to record their history and include the local residents who helped establish the county. The former Confederate states of the south were the only ones to have the fewest county's devote their ...


  • The Rabbit Test

    Jan 11

    If you talked with your mother or grandmother, the subject of how and when she realized she was pregnant may have been discussed. The phrase 'rabbit test' or 'the rabbit died' may have been used. This is what was used during most of the 20th century. In 1927, Bernhard Aschheim and Selmar Zondek developed the rabbit test, also known as the 'A-Z tes...


  • Images of America

    Sep 5

    Knowing more about your specific family and its heritage also means learning more about the family hometown. Using postcards, local libraries, museums can prove to be excellent resources in discovering about the place your ancestors call home. There is also a long-standing published series of books by Arcadia Publishing which might just have that ...


  • Passports of Family Information

    Aug 15

    If you have not attempted searching for an ancestor using the U.S. Passport Applications, you have missed an opportunity. No guarantee any of your ancestors ever filled out and submitted a passport application, but you never know until you check. Even if you think an ancestor never left the country, they still might have completed a passport applic...


  • Who Was Left-Handed in the Family?

    Aug 13

    It was once thought of as a disgrace to be left-handed. Your parents would have forced you instead to do everything with the right hand. Things have changed. Those left-handed are also known as 'southpaws', about 10% of the population. Instead, everything is for those who are right-handed, it can be hard for the others. Look at scissors, made for ...


  • Middle Child Day – Aug. 12th

    Aug 11

    So how many of you are a 'middle child' in the family? How about your mother or father, were they a middle child. There is scientific research on one's birth order having an effect on that person. August 12th has been recognized as a special day of the year for the middle child. Middle children are often overlooked in a family. They are not the fi...


  • Old Reel-to-Reel or VCR Tapes

    Jun 19

    There could be a collection of family 16 mm or 8 mm or Super 8 reel films or VCR tapes that were made years ago that everyone has forgotten about. Well, this is your reminder -- SAVE them NOW. Generally, the vintage 8 mm and 16 mm films on reels that your grandparents made in the 1940s and 1950s may have held up against the march of time, but only ...