• New Year’s Day Foods for Luck

    Dec 31

    People around the globe plan for the coming year, eager to get off to the best possible start! Many people will "eat for luck", those special foods that, by tradition, are supposed to bring them good luck. Throughout history, people have eaten certain foods on New Year's Day, hoping to gain riches, love, or other kinds of good fortune during the ...


  • Holiday Interviewing of Relatives

    Dec 27

    Don't miss the opportunity during the holidays to pull aside one or two relatives at a time to begin asking questions about them or ancestors on the family tree. You might only meet with your aunt once or twice a year, use the time when you are together. Some ideas to help with your interviewing: Have a prepared list of questions. Be very spec...


  • Christmas Day Dinner – Traditional

    Dec 25

    Here are some of the Christmas Day meals prepared at different times in America. This might be that type of special holiday meals you grandparents enjoyed. 1900 Christmas Dinner might have: Clam or Oyster Soup, Celery, Baked Fish, Hollandaise Sauce, Roast Turkey, Oyster Dressing, Celery or Oyster Sauce, Roast Duck, Onion Sauce, Baked Potatoes, S...


  • Resources for Canadian Genealogists

    Dec 15

    Are you searching for information about your Canadian ancestors? Where you begin looking could depend on where you live. Genealogists who are Canadian might have access to resources that Americans would have difficulty accessing. Veterans Affairs Canada The Veterans Affairs Canada website has some resources that could be useful to genealogists....


  • Hotel and Restaurant Menus of the 19th Century

    Dec 11

    The University of Houston has made available in digital format and placed online their collection of hotel, restaurant and steamship menus from across the country dating from the mid-1800s. What an opportunity to view the type of foods prepared and served to any of our ancestors who had the opportunity to eat at a restaurant or while traveling on...


  • Using Linkpendium – Searching Surnames

    Dec 7

    You are not unique with your surname -- family name, there are thousands across the globe with your same surname, no matter how strange or unusual it may be. Many of those same people are also researching their family. You might be related and share the same great great grandparents. If they have done up a web site with details or any other databas...


  • Rootsweb WorldConnect

    Dec 1

    A long-time secondary resource is Rootsweb which is free and online. The database to check is the WorldConnect Project. Here people from around the globe have submitted in GEDCOM format their family trees. There are some 6.26 million surnames and over 787.3 million individual names. Using the search box, add the needed details; names, locations...


  • Sayings for Family History Researchers

    Nov 29

    It is fun to read some unusual or funny sayings as they relate to people who do family history research. Strange ... But So True ! Here are a few and see if they touch a nerve and might be spot on. Time and genealogy wait for no man! The best ancestors want to be found! Genealogists are forebear hunters! Genealogy is like a magic mirror. Look ...


  • Google Tricks

    Oct 7

    On the Internet, a search engine is essential. The most well-known and maybe most used is 'Google'. There is even now the saying; 'Just Google it'. To be more effective in your searching for your family history, here are a few tips or ideas to use the search engine more efficiently. Maybe you need to find a specific phrase or saying, first use q...


  • Could Genetics Shape Your Political Beliefs?

    Sep 28

    Do you come from a family that has always voted for a particular political party? There could be a genetic reason that influences people toward one political party and away from an opposing one. That being said, a person's political beliefs can also be influenced by how their parents presented their own political beliefs. Genealogists might disc...