• 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...


  • 19th Century Slang Forgotten

    Sep 5

    Every era has its own way of expressing emotions or events. Some of those regional or national expressions or slang words remain in present-day vocabulary, but most are dropped over the decades. The following are from newspapers during the 1800s (19th century). A few are a bit strange, but were considered accepted at the time. Here are some for...


  • Schizophrenia Can Run in Families

    Jul 28

    Every so often, a story in the news causes people to question what they know about a specific type of mental illness. Such is the situation with the “Slender Man” case that is making its way through the courts. Could the defendants have schizophrenia? The "Slender Man" case is a strange one. It starts with two 12 year old girls, who lived ...


  • Family Heritage Month

    Jul 28

    The month of August is known as 'Family Heritage Month.' So what is family heritage? By definition: Researching your family tree would help you gain a sense of your personal heritage. It is those cultural traits passed down through the generations from great grandparents to grandparents to parents. It can include personality and skill traits, such ...