My new favorite genealogy accomplishment is figuring out whether the Theresa Seeger Kolbeck whose 1937 death announcement I found by chance in a newspaper index on the Kenton County Public Library website was the sister of my great-great-grandfather, German immigrant Heinrich Arnold ("H.A.") Seeger. All I...Read More
"Genealogy Roadshow" has released a preview of its new season, premiering Tuesday, May 17, 8 p.m. ET on PBS. Shows this season will take place in Boston, Miami, Houston and Los Angeles. If you haven't seen this series, it has professional genealogists D. Joshua Taylor, Kenyatta Berry and Mary...Read More
Newspapers! It's newspapers. They're full of details you don't find anywhere else (although sometimes colored by a reporter's perspective). Because our Find Your Ancestors in Online Newspapers webinar is coming up April 21, I'll let my third-great-grandfather Thomas Frost demonstrate why I love this resource. You first...Read More
How Did “Finding Your Roots” Find the Military Ancestry of John McCain, Julianne Moore and Patricia Arquette?
This week's "Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr." focused on military service in the ancestry of Sen. John McCain and actors Julianne Moore and Patricia Arquette. (And it just so happens that our military records webinar is next week—I'll tell you more about that in a minute...Read More
What's the most annoying last name to research in your family tree? Not the ancestor or relative whose name it is, but the name itself. Mine are: Frost, because searching the web or old newspapers and books brings up weather reports. It's also among the more-common names in my...Read More
Between 1850 and 1914, around 400,000 Czechs and 620,000 Slovaks flocked to America's shores. Finding your immigrant ancestor's place of origin can be hard no matter where he or she is from, but changing Eastern European borders and unfamiliar alphabets add to the challenge of tracing Czech and...Read More
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New York was on my mind today because of our upcoming Best New York Genealogy Research Strategies webinar this Thursday, Oct. 22, with New York genealogy expert Jane Wilcox. I added it to my calendar because my husband's dad's family is from the Lockport, NY, area, and Greg has...Read More
One of the frustrations with technology is that just when you have something figured out, it changes. Such was the case for many Ancestry.com members when the “new” Ancestry.com became the Ancestry.com. In our Fall 2015 Virtual Conference last month, participants and chat moderator Amy Johnson Crow...Read More
Written by Guest Writer and Editorial Intern, Patrick Phillips I don’t have a drop of Scottish in my blood. I’m primarily Irish, German and Italian. However in my fiancé’s house, you can find bagpipes, kilts and plenty of plaid to go around (don’t tell her I said...Read More
Backing up genealogy research is something we all know we need to do, but studying all the options and coming up with a workable system are hurdles that cause lots of us to put off this important task. What you need is a specific backup strategy, which you can learn...Read More
Looking for ancestors in Canada? Whether you're a native Canadian or you're from the United States, these tips will help you get your genealogy search off to a good start.Read More
A genealogy research plan can help you identify the genealogy information and resources you need to answer a family history question. You know, one like "When and why between 1894 and 1900 did my third-great-grandmother drop off the face of the earth?" Not that I would know anything about...Read More