• Did You Ask That??

    Aug 15

    Yes, you have interviewed family members, asked the questions about their birth, marriage, schooling, military service, hometown, but there may be a few special questions you didn't think to ask, especially those that only that relative could answer. Here is a sampling of many lesser asked questions but ones that can have some interestin...


  • 50th Anniversary – Walk on the Moon

    Jul 20

    With this date, July 20, 2019, it marks the 50th anniversary of man walking on the moon, back on July 20, 1969. With the first American being Neil Armstrong who after 6 hours of landing with Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin in the separate lunar module 'Eagle' on the moon's surface took the first steps on the moon at 10:56 pm. He was known for saying; "That...


  • Related to a Criminal?

    Jun 19

    A study done in 2018 stated that about 113 million American adults (total US population in 2018 is 327 million) have an immediate family member who is formerly or currently incarcerated. This is in recent, modern times, not counting a possible ancestor from the 1800s. It was investigated by the (a criminal justice and immigration reform a...


  • Common Error on a Census

    May 29

    It may not have occurred to you, but you really need to examine each person listed in a household on a US Federal Census. You just might be overlooking a relative. Many census takers placed next to the name of an individual 'boarder' or 'lodger' or 'roomer' when in fact that person was a relative of someone in the household. They might ...


  • Telling the Family Story

    May 27

    It does not have to be a massive job to put together an interesting collection of family stories. The key is to start! First, start the work on your storytelling in smaller chunks will make your project seem more manageable. If you can, set aside a few minutes a day or once a week to write, but don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day ...


  • Origins of Sayings

    May 7

    Many sayings or expressions used today had a reason for the saying in its beginning. Our ancestors did just say the phrase, it really meant something. See if any of the following you are familiar with and especially if you recall a relative or ancestor using the phrase. Include it and its origin in the family history. There is 'rub you...


  • Help to Identify Family Photos

    Apr 11

    Everyone has a collection of vintage family photos with no name, date or location on them. Some of the people pictured may have lived decades before anyone living today was even born. However, to help with some identification here are a couple of ideas. Number one is to check with some of your older living relatives. That includes all branches of ...


  • School Yearbooks

    Mar 19

    Locating by whatever method a school yearbook on an ancestor can be such a treasure. No matter which it was middle grade, high school or college, it could reveal little known facts about your relative. Using the collection of 324,000 yearbooks and more than 52 million pages you have a good shot of locating one or more ancestors. To he...


  • Recent ‘Black Sheep’

    Jan 21

    Some people are afraid when they do their family history they will come across a 3rd great grandfather who was a horse thief or a deserter from the Army. Yes, you never know what may have happened during your ancestors' lives on the family tree. But is nothing to be scared of, it was that relative for whatever reason had the problem ... not you. Wh...


  • Knowledge of Grandparents’ Names

    Jan 15

    Even if a person were not a family history researcher, you might guess that everyone could provide the first and last name for their grandparents. From a recent survey conducted by, it appears approximately 1/3 of Americans can not name their grandparents. In America's total 2018 population of 326,766,748 that is approximately 100,000 ...