• Weird Places to Find Family Heirlooms

    Aug 25

    Family heirlooms are precious. Often, the value of the heirloom is apparent only to the family it belongs to. Old photos, junk jewelry, and inexpensive knick-knacks bring back memories and connection to ancestors. Sometimes, people find family heirlooms in some very weird and unexpected places. MyHeritage has a helpful blog that includes a list ...


  • Google Photos Offers Unlimited Storage

    Aug 6

    It is a good idea to make digital copies of your family photos. The digital copy gives you an easy way to post the photo online, and acts as a back-up if the original photo is lost or damaged. Where are you going to store all your digital photos? One solution is Google Photos. They are offering unlimited storage. Google Photos is the replacement...


  • One Piece of Information at a Time

    Aug 4

    Genealogists spend a lot of time doing research about their family members and ancestors. This type of research can feel overwhelming. Getting distracted can make your research less productive. One tip to prevent this problem is to intentionally stick with one piece of research at a time. Pick One Specific Thing to Focus On It is understandable...


  • Not All DNA Tests are the Same

    May 18

    It can be tempting to take a DNA test in order to discover what information might be hidden in your genes. Before you purchase a DNA direct-to-consumer test kit, be aware that not all DNA test are the same. There are several types to choose from and each reveals a certain kind of information. Take the time to familiarize yourself with the different...


  • Humans are Genetically More Similar to Their Fathers

    Apr 16

    When a new baby is born, family members often try to identify traits that come from the baby's father or the baby's mother. It is typical for people to want to see reflections of the parents in their child. These observations are subjective. A study has found that humans are more genetically similar to their fathers than they are to their mothers. ...


  • Why Mitochondrial DNA is Important to Genealogists

    Apr 6

    Genealogists seek out information about their relatives and ancestors. They want to know how everyone is related to each other and to “fill in the blanks” where information is missing. Mitochondrial DNA can help genealogists discover new relatives, find out more about their heritage, and provide matrilineal information. Mitochondria is part ...


  • MyHeritage

    Mar 5

    Since 2003, the online website titled MyHeritage has made the creation of a digital family tree very simple for its users.  By just starting simply with one's immediate family (parents and siblings), their names and birth dates, a person can add additional information, photos, videos, records, documents, etc to build their family tree. The be...


  • Available on

    Mar 1

      This website, can be of real assistance for any level family history researcher. If you are just starting, the basics are explained in clear and easy to follow formats. If you have been working at the research for awhile, there are informational sections to help you move even further. For the long-time and advanced genealogis...


  • How to Combine Genealogy and Social Media

    Feb 16

    Today, many people use social media to keep in touch with friends and family or to post a photo of what they had for dinner. It is entirely possible to do so much more with your social media. Here are a few ideas about how to combine genealogy and social media. Pick the one you use the most and try some of these ideas. Facebook Join a gr...


  • How to Know if you can Use that Photo

    Feb 10

    There are many reasons why a genealogist would want to create their very own genealogy blog. It is a great way to share family stories and research discoveries. One must be careful, however, about the photos and images that you put on your blog. Here are some tips to help you figure out if you can use a certain photo in your blog. You took that...