• Things to Know About RootsTech 2014

    Feb 4

    Will you be attending RootsTech 2014? It is the biggest family history and technology conference and one that many genealogists look forward to. It is an annual event, which means you can plan for next year's RootsTech if you miss this one. Here are some things to know about RootsTech 2014. RootsTech takes place February 6-8, 2014, in the Salt ...


  • U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC)

    Dec 26

    The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC)  makes historical materials available for use to support the U.S. Army, educate an international audience, and honor Soldiers (men and women)- past and present. They have several categories which are covered from military history to a fine archive made in digital format and assess-able onlin...


  • Historical Photos

    Jul 14

    A web site named Historic Map Works is not just maps but rather a large collection of numerous items to assist someone with their family history. One section is 'historical photos' and can be useful to the researcher. There are approximately 556,900 drawings, photographs and historical notes covering some 38,600 different American buildings, indust...


  • Privateers During the War of 1812

    Mar 2

    You may think a privateer and a pirate are one in the same. True, they both raided and plundered ships on the high seas. The big difference was that a privateer was private and operated under a letter of marque issued by a national government. Over the centuries there have been hundreds of privateers for different nations. For the United States ...


  • Marking a Major Ancestral Anniversary

    Sep 29

    I'm remembering and marking the 100th anniversary of when by paternal great grandparents came to the shores of America. In spite of being married they actually came at two different dates. My gr grandfather, George William Kershaw, arrived to the Port of Boston on August 14, 1912. He had lived his whole life, born in Hulme, Chorlton, Manchester, L...


  • Writing Family Memoirs

    Sep 15

    Well you are now at the point after researching information about your ancestors that you want to create a written family memoir. That is a good idea. Remember you can always be finding additional information on a relative and it can be added later. Getting started and not putting off the opportunity is key. So here are some ideas and approaches...


  • Using Google Efficiently to Find Ancestors

    Mar 30

    Yes, Google is not the only search engine on the Internet, but it is one highly used and recommended by everyone. As with any search engine, the top items high up on a search will be those people or events related to celebrities, sports events, scandals or even where the closest place to order a pizza is found. Regrettably, archival records on our ...


  • Recording Those Family Tall Tales

    Feb 17

    Everyone at some time in their lives has heard stories told by family members of ancestors who either met a famous person, accomplished some great feat, was a war hero, invented a time saving device or somehow brought honor and glory to the family name. There may also have been a few tales of the “black sheep” of the family who even had a shady...


  • Heritage Advent Calendars

    Dec 5

    The Christmas tree is the focal point of most Christian holiday decorations in the home. It is usually decorated with a lot of love, and care, and varies in shape and size. Maybe you have a huge one, or maybe you have a little one, but this Christmas tradition is definitely one to cherish.   When my husband and I first got married, w...


  • A Simple Heritage Layout

    Oct 10

    So many times, we don't know where to start when scrapbooking our family history. But it doesn't have to be complicated. If you are one of those lucky people that have a lot of photos of your relatives, start by making a page for each relative that simply pays tribute to their life. Start by choosing a main photo. Make this photo larger than the...