• Tool Kit – Female Ancestors

    Aug 4

    Genealogists often find that it is more difficult to locate information about their female ancestors than it is to learn about their male ancestors. Women who get married take on their husband's surname, and lose their original one. Sometimes, their is a skeleton in the closet that is preventing you from connecting female relatives to your family t...


  • Flickr- Photos & Ephemera

    Jul 25

    The online site of Flickr is a photo sharing site. It has many current images but also many vintage photos, some you may have never seen before. When you know an ancestor's hometown, you can use Flickr to see what images of that ancestral hometown might be available. There could be postcards, photos, advertisements, maps, brochures, letters, etc. ...


  • Information to Look for in Old Newspapers

    Jul 22

    People tend to think that old newspapers should go straight to the recycle bin. Genealogists, however, know that old newspapers could have treasures inside them! The stack of newspapers you found while cleaning a deceased relative's home could have important information. There are many things to look for in old newspapers. Obituaries An old new...


  • 30 Years of Family Reunions in 300 Words

    Jul 21

    Summer is a good time to hold a family reunion. The weather is much nicer than it is during the winter, and this allows the event to be held outside. People tend to use their vacation days in the summer. What fun things will your next family reunion include? Try something new. Ask your family members to write about the reunion (and previous family ...


  • Behind the Scenes at Finding Your Roots

    Jul 20

    Finding Your Roots is a very popular genealogy TV show. The host is Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Every episode features a celebrity who learns more about his or her ancestors while the camera is running. There's a lot of interesting information included in the show. There is also a lot going on behind the scenes at Finding Your Roots. The Finding Your...


  • MyHeritage Released Sun Charts

    Jul 18

    There are some things that all genealogists do. Everyone searches online for information about their ancestors, makes copies of their research, and continues to build their family tree. Are you looking for something different to do with your genealogy research? MyHeritage has released Sun Charts. You probably haven't put one of those together yet! ...


  • Use Google Images Search to Learn About a Photo

    Jul 9

    Genealogists use Google to find more information about their ancestors, to discover genealogy resources that are new to them, or to learn more about a particular genealogy festival or event. Google probably won't reveal information about a photograph – but Google Images might! Google Images is specifically designed for people to use when they ...


  • Giving Up Too Easily??

    Jul 7

    So you thought you could instantly find everything about your ancestors and create a wonderful, complete family tree. Well, anything worth it's while, does take time. Today, everything is instant, but you have to remember that there are so many years, events, dates, tales, names that helped bring you to where you are now in your life, it can not be...


  • Go Beyond What is Official

    Jul 5

    Working for years on research for a family branch, the Groff family of Frederick, Maryland, I had reviewed numerous times all the US Federal Census records for the Groff family. One was a special puzzle for me in the 1880 census. Here listed, besides the children of Joseph and Susan Groff, was what appeared the name 'Nicholas H. Groff' in the house...


  • AncestryDNA is 2 Million People Strong

    Jul 5

    Around 11 months ago, AncestryDNA announced that it had tested over 1 million people. Recently, has hit another major milestone. They are now 2 million people strong. They are the very first consumer genetics testing company to hit that milestone. AncestryDNA is a direct-to-consumer genetic testing service. It uses the latest autosomal testing t...