• Ways to get your Family Interested in Genealogy

    Mar 18

    Genealogy is the study of your family. It is only natural that a genealogist will want to share the fascinating things that he or she learned about relatives and ancestors with their family members. The difficulty is in getting them to see that genealogy can be exciting. Here are some great ways to get their attention and spark an interest in ge...


  • The Treasures of Your Female Ancestors

    Mar 17

    It has been the ladies of society who have been for the most part the keepers of family artifacts, records, Bibles, silverware, crystal, etc. You may have inherited some family heirlooms and not really thought of how precious some of these items might have been to a great aunt, grandmother, or second cousin. Some items might have great value now b...


  • Dick Eastman in Stuart

    Mar 15

    Two outstanding genealogists in the United States and internationally are Megan Smolenyak and Dick Eastman. I have worked with Megan since 1999 and have met her when she came to the Stuart, Fl area several years ago. Both Megan and Dick are fine authors, researchers and speakers. Eastman has been doing genealogy for over 30 years and is always ...


  • Women Postmasters

    Mar 13

    Only until recent decades have women really had opportunities to pursue just about any occupation. For the most part they were expected to be housewives and care for the children. Some jobs such as a teacher were acceptable. We generally don't think of our female ancestors as 'postmistresses' but rather many ladies did hold that position by off...


  • Foods Eaten by Our Ancestors

    Mar 11

    Now that may be a concept you hadn't explored - what type of foods did you grandparents, great grandparents, etc have at specific time periods. It is safe to say they did not have the convenient freezer to microwave packaged foods or the take-out fast foods. So to investigate we need to pick certain decades. Starting with the 1920s in America (...


  • How Many Cousins Do You Really Have?

    Mar 10

    One of the first things that a genealogist begins researching is his or her family tree. Most people can figure out how many first cousins they have. You probably are very familiar with at least a couple of them. Ask your relatives to fill in the blanks about your cousin's names and birthdays. A.J. Jacobs wrote an opinion piece for the New Yor...


  • Two or More Versions

    Mar 9

    One area for sure you could have a problem with when doing your family tree is conflicting dates, names, hometowns, events or occupations. First look at all the sources for that one specific conflict - say an ancestor's birth date. You must have where each listing for a date came from. Was one from the family Bible, one from the county vital recor...


  • A True Account – ’12 Years a Slave’

    Mar 7

    All family researchers love to find an unusual story relating to an ancestor. Traditionally it is just family lore or legends as a source -- a source that could have many errors. One of the best places is if the event was ever documented in a newspaper of the times. From Hollywood movie makers, they recently produced the story of "12 Years a Sla...


  • Could Gaming get Millennials Interested in Genealogy?

    Mar 6

    Not long ago, genealogy was considered to be a hobby for people who were senior citizens. Things changed a bit after some genealogy related TV shows popularized a hobby that involved detailed research and hours of searching. Middle aged people began wondering about their family history. The younger generation, however, isn't so keen on genealogy...


  • Facebook and You

    Mar 5

    Social media is everywhere and it can truly be helpful if used correctly. One good area is to share ideas, sources, databases, photos and questions with others doing similar research. First way -- after you get your own Facebook page -- is to find out what is there on Facebook to help you. Start with states where your ancestors lived. Put in ...