• Collections of U.S. Historic Photos

    Nov 7

    There is a saying: "A photo is a window into the lives of your ancestors." Never were there truer words. Many of us would given anything to have some image of a grandmother, great uncle, etc., but don't give up -- many people have located images of ancestors they never knew existed. Yes, there will be some that were never taken, so of course don't ...


  • Why You Can’t Find Your Relative’s Records. Four Helpful Tips:

    Oct 22

    You've spent hours searching through your favorite online genealogy resources. You dug through old copies of family photos and asked relatives to email you with their memories of family stories. Despite this, you still can find records for Aunt Agnes! Why not? The answer to that frustrating question might be found in these four helpful hints: ...


  • The FBI is Digitizing Records

    Oct 14

    You may have heard that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been making an effort in converting their paper files into digital ones. At first glance, this may sound like excellent news for genealogists. Unfortunately, these records will not be made available to genealogists. Even so, the story about the records is quite fascinating. The Fede...


  • Great Genealogy Podcasts to Listen To

    Sep 16

    Today, you can find a podcast about any topic you can think of. That includes podcasts that focus on genealogy and family history. Listening to podcasts about topics that you are interested in is a great way to learn more about your favorite hobby, keep up with genealogy related news, and maybe even connect with other genealogists. Here are some gr...


  • Viewing Voter Registration Forms

    Aug 19

    A most interesting resource that you might want to consider is checking in the hometown or county of your ancestors and see if you can locate their original voter registration. Many of these vintage records have been made digital or microfilmed and could be in the city and / county government voter offices or in their archives. They could be in the...


  • Ways to Inspire Others to Learn their Family History

    Aug 12

    People who are not genealogists aren't always very interested in learning about their family history. Many see the research required as a tedious, time consuming, task. It looks a lot more like “homework” than like something that would be fun. Fortunately, there are ways to inspire people to learn their family history. The trick is to spark the...


  • What else can you Learn? Genealogy Ongoing

    Jul 26

    As is said many times ... you never 'finish' your family tree. There is always another branch or an ancestor with more details needed to help add greater substance to your family history. So that means to continually educate yourself on the newest and most efficient methods of research. Also don't overlook improving your writing skills as you put ...


  • Vital Records – What they are and Where to Find them

    Jul 4

    Those who are new to genealogy may wonder where they should begin. What are the most important things to look for? Where can you find what you are seeking? The research aspect of genealogy can seem a bit overwhelming, at first. This blog will make it easier for new genealogists to understand what vital records are and where to locate them. What ...


  • Donate War Letters

    Jul 3

    The Center for American War Letters (CAWL) at Chapman University has a massive collection of every American conflict / war, beginning with handwritten messages composed during the American Revolutionary War in the 18th century and continuing up to emails sent from Iraq and Afghanistan in the 21st century. The majority are personal letters to friend...


  • Free Printable Charts and Forms for Genealogists

    Apr 16

    Genealogists tend to come up with a whole lot of research. Not all of it easily fits together at first glance. It can also be difficult to figure out which batch of notes the information you are looking for can be found in. Keeping organized is key! Printable forms that are designed for genealogy, such as pedigree charts, research forms, and mor...