• Did You Do That?

    Jan 15

    It can happen to the best family history researcher, that there appears some major errors in the branches of the tree and in the information about individuals. So how does that happen? The following are a few ideas which tend to lead to mistakes and should be avoided: 1. Typos, typing or writing out a date, name or place incorrectly. This is espe...


  • The Rabbit Test

    Jan 11

    If you talked with your mother or grandmother, the subject of how and when she realized she was pregnant may have been discussed. The phrase 'rabbit test' or 'the rabbit died' may have been used. This is what was used during most of the 20th century. In 1927, Bernhard Aschheim and Selmar Zondek developed the rabbit test, also known as the 'A-Z tes...


  • ‘Boston Marriage’

    Jan 9

    This phrase does not refer to a male-female couple married in the city of Boston, but rather a phrase that was popularly know at the end of the 19th century; the Victorian Era. 'Boston Marriage' was a term used in the 19th century and into the early 20th century to refer to two single women living together, independent of men. The term was origina...


  • Obituaries for Michigan 1820-2006

    Jan 3

    Locating ancestors' obituaries is very important to your family research. When it was acceptable to write and have published long obituaries, the information provided can be wonderful. However, note, you could have an ancestor listed in someone else' obituary as a relative. There could be a tie-in you did not know about. Using the FamilySearch.org...


  • Family Artifacts to Keep

    Jan 1

    Lucky are the descendants of people who thought enough ahead to make sure certain family treasures were saved and passed on to the next generation. There are some major categories of artifacts you, as the present generation,  can save from your ancestors or present family. Save These: Household, Jewelry and Hobby Items - your grandfather favori...


  • Music and Songs during the Civil War

    Dec 31

    Music in the mid-1800s was an importation aspect of our ancestors' lives, no matter their occupation or where they lived. This was especially true during the American Civil War (1861-1865). It entertained, brought pleasure and comfort and was integral in all parts of life. In fact music was so important during the Civil War that most regiments, bot...


  • Maine’s B-M-D Records 1670-1921

    Dec 29

    Vital records are an very important part to any family research. If you has any ancestors living and near Maine, even when it was part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony beginning beginning in 1652. It was fought over by the French, English and allied natives during the 17th and early 18th centuries, who conducted raids against each other. The state o...


  • Local Genealogical Society

    Dec 27

    If you had not considered becoming a member of your local genealogical society, make a point to do so in the new year 2018. There are so many advantages and things to learn. First, you will be sharing and talking with people who share you common interest in family history. They may not share you family lineage but they have been there in searching...


  • Family Stories

    Dec 25

    Christmas Day or even a couple days after Christmas when many of the out-of-town relatives are present, spend some evening time retelling family stories. Start with any grandparents or grand aunts/uncles present, the older relatives and have them tell of their Christmas childhoods, the gifts they got or any unusual events. Someone needs to be wri...


  • Add ‘Bits and Pieces’

    Dec 17

    Working on your family and history can take many hours of research and work. Yet, doing just a few 'bits and pieces' of shorter research and collection can quickly expand your family tree. Here are a few ideas -- short activities, try to do at least one and see how much your can gather. Check the Federal and State Censuses for each ancestors and e...