• Maps-Atlases of New York City

    Jan 31

    The use of maps, long before GPS, has been a very helpful tool, not just to find places, but for someone doing genealogy to better understand the areas their ancestors lived. True, you can visit an old family neighborhood today, but that general store or the three neighbor houses across from that of your grandparents might not be there anymore. H...


  • Your Ancestor’s Profile

    Jan 25

    As you gather information on your ancestors, building the family tree, it is a great adventure ever so often to focus on just one ancestor or a married couple. Here you really go in depth to learn everything possible about a specific ancestor. You would be creating a detailed profile. So how do you begin? If you have the basic known information ...


  • New Year – New Goals for your Family Tree

    Jan 5

      With the beginning of 2016, it is great to look over what you have and what you still need to do about collecting and putting together information. Look over the following 5 Goals to see what you may not be doing: 1. Locate a 'Surname' genealogical research group online - usually Facebook is a good place to start. You would immediately ha...


  • Postcards – Seeing in the Past

    Oct 13

    At the Lake County, Illinois Discovery Museum are the Curt Teich Collection of postcards from 1897 to 1978. Teich Archives have over 400,000 postcards of more than 10,000 towns and cities in Canada and United States along with many foreign countries. It includes the largest collection of numerous locations along the famous United States Route 66, t...


  • Finding the Right Stuff at the Courthouse

    Aug 19

      The hometown city or county courthouses are wonderful sources of official documents to use in your family history research. However, you do need to be prepared. First, learn by visiting, emailing, phoning or sending a regular letter to the hometown courthouse to see what records they do have available and in what format (microfilm, paper, ...


  • Mixing in History

    Aug 3

    You are gathering the names, dates and hometowns of members on your family tree. You might also want to step your research up to learn more on each individual or family, their occupations, skills, religious beliefs, etc. However, to really better understand the life in whatever time frame you are examining you have to view your ancestors in a hi...


  • Got a Spare Moment?

    Jul 18

      So you think you don't have enough time to spend on doing your family history --- yes you do ! It is all how you approach and use your time. Here are a few ideas of making some headway in your research in just a few moments. Review just one branch at a time and write the name of the ancestor you have the least information about. Now that ...


  • Other Methods to Find Someone in the Census

    Jul 9

    Oh, it happens so many times, you can't find an ancestor in a specific federal census. They were still living, so why can't you find them? You do have to think outside the 'box' to find some relatives. First check census records for that ancestor before and after a specific census date. Find them in 1860, then in 1880 if you are looking for them...


  • Using Facebook to Learn More

    Jun 27

    Working and sharing information with others can be very beneficial. One of the great online locations is the numerous Facebook group pages. The FamilySearch.org has established several such site of different regional locations so people looking for information of places, people and events will share a common thread - the place. In the U.S., ther...


  • Ancestral Weather

    Jun 15

    As you gather information on where and how your ancestors lived, a most important element often overlooked is the 'weather'. Yes, the climate and weather conditions your ancestors experienced can make a big difference in how they lived. The NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration just might have some answers on their site. Place i...