• StoryCorps

    Oct 1

    This organization, StoryCorps, since 2003 has recorded ordinary individuals to save their story, no matter how big or small a story they wish to preserve. These recorded stories are preserved at the Library of Congress in their American Folklife Center archive. There are over 60,000 such stories now saved. All it takes is a little bit of time to...


  • Adoptee Finds Mother with Use of Social Media

    Sep 9

    Social media connects people from all across the world in ways that simply were not possible before the advent of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and the rest. It makes sense that adoptees are using social media to find their birth parents. Every so often, there is a news story about an adoptee that had success. has a story about 52-...


  • Hartman & Others Database

    Sep 3

    Back in the early 1980s, Don and Jeannie Hartman began making their collection of family genealogy in digital format. From there they placed their collection (vital records, notes, photos, family trees, etc) online to share with others. As it turned out they had a massive collection of many surnames besides 'Hartman'. The family was from Pennsylv...


  • Find the Humor

    Aug 7

    You are busy collection and researching the vital records on your ancestors, did you ever spot some notation or phrase that made you break out into full blown laughter?? So where might you find such humor? Start by really examining what was written in an ancestor's Will. Many times the decease had the last word, by placing some unusual or strange ...


  • Updated Newspapers on Chronicling America

    Jul 31

    Twenty-six new and updated collections from Chronicling America Newspapers from the Library of Congress are now available. Ten states / district included: Connecticut, District of Columbia, Idaho, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina and West Virginia. The updates represent additional newspaper issue dates. Some e...


  • Family Heritage Month

    Jul 28

    The month of August is known as 'Family Heritage Month.' So what is family heritage? By definition: Researching your family tree would help you gain a sense of your personal heritage. It is those cultural traits passed down through the generations from great grandparents to grandparents to parents. It can include personality and skill traits, such ...


  • Tree of Weddings

    Jul 25

      Someone in the family about to be married? Is there a big wedding anniversary coming up soon? Here is a gift idea that will be appreciated by anyone. Create a 'Tree of Weddings'. It is the family tree idea using photos of couples on their wedding day. Now that can prove to be a challenge, gathering all the needed photos. Even if it is not ...


  • Family Reunion ‘Musts’. 8 Creative Ideas.

    Jul 7

      Need ideas for this summertime -- well it is a great opportunity to arrange a family reunion. It doesn't have to super large, it could even be a certain family branch. Whichever family members are invited is up to the host. The most important item is to do certain activities while you or the host has everyone gathered in one spot. First, s...


  • Why Work on Your Family Tree?

    Jun 23

    That can be a big problem until you stop to see the advantages of doing your family tree. First, it helps you to realize where you came from and learn about the fascinating experiences that brought you to where you are now. You are a product of those who came before you. The decisions they made a hundred years ago, have determined where you lived ...


  • Finding Any Mayflower Ancestors

    Jun 17

    The ship that carried passengers from Plymouth, England to the New World (what would be later named Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts was call 'The Mayflower'. There were 102 passengers and a crew of thirty. Of that group of passengers; there were seventy-three males and twenty-nine females. There were included in the company nineteen male servants an...