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Doing Genealogical Research? What You Should Know About Birth Certificates


If you are involved in genealogical research then you will want to know more about birth certificates. Read on to find some valuable information about obtaining birth records.

Preserve Your Family History by Writing Your Family Stories


Preserve Your Family History by Writing Family Stories "Everyone has a story to tell." It seems like a cliché, but it's true. After working as a newspaper reporter for more than eight years, I know th...

Tracing Family Histories


One of the most fascinating, and most rewarding pastimes you can engage in is tracing family histories. By delving into the past of your family and the families that have joined together to form that family, you can learn about yourself, your parents, your ancestors, and the many people who have been born, wedded, had children, and eventually ended up creating that unique entity known as you.

Forefather: Find The Ancestors Who Founded Your Family!


Use genealogy and heraldry to find the ancestor who founded your family...

The Family Tree


So you want to record your family's genealogy. The first thing to do is always make an audit trail. What is an audit trail? This article addresses "what is an audit trail" and the importance of making one.

Genealogy in Switzerland - A Longenecker Family Search


The Langenegger farm in Langnau, Bern, Switzerland is located in a wonderland of covered bridges, friendly people, church spires with Swiss clocks and chimes, tinkling cow bells - everything you expect Switzerland to be - and more.

Brazilian by Birth, Italian by Ancestry, and Canadian by Choice!


Were you born abroad and are looking for your Italian citizenship? You don't have a clue where to start? What if I told you it took me six years to find my first clue! How bad do you want to find your Italian roots?

Make Your Family Tree Come Alive


"I gotta be more than just two lines in the Oklahoma City Times." While the tune is catchy and the words poke fun of the obituary section of a great newspaper, it carries a serious message to those us interested in genealogy.

Essentials of Genealogy - Getting Started with Your FamilyTree


What are the essentials to doing a family search? Here are some tips that should help you discover your family under the best possible conditions.

Genealogy - Why You Should Get Involved in Your Family History


There are a lot of good reasons for researching your family tree. Here are some compelling reasons to get involved.

Make a Difference - Join a Genealogical or Historical Society Today


With all the attention on the Internet, small genealogical and historical societies have been neglected. Genealogists can make a huge difference in preserving our heratage for future generations.

How to Tap the Power of the World's Most Important Genealogy Libraries Without Leaving Home


Thanks to the Internet and tried and true "snail mail," the information in the world's best libraries is right at your fingertips.

Top 10 Useful Family Tree Research Tips


Whether you?re just starting out on your journey to uncover your ancestry, or you?ve been at it for years, everyone can benefit from these 10 tried and true tips to make the research process more rewarding, more fruitful and, of course, more fun.

Organizing Your Family Tree Photographs


Most family tree software now enables you to link your data to digital photographs. It's much more rewarding to view the family tree data when there are faces linked to the names (even if those people tended not to smile for picture-taking).

8 Common Family Tree Research Challenges and Their Solutions


Every amateur genealogist is bound to hit a dead end every once in a while. Don't lose hope. The information you're looking for IS out there -- it just might take a little more digging to find it. Here are some common problems -- and their solutions -- that trip up many family tree researchers.

Military Records: The Key to Your Family Tree?


Were your ancestors war heroes? Believe it or not, vital clues to your family's history just might be hiding away in military archives - and finding them can be easier than you think. Even if you're not sure whether or not any of your ancestors ever served in the military, it can pay to do some digging. The payoff can be huge.

Is There a Family Tree Goldmine Hiding in Your Attic?


Most armchair genealogists today are so conditioned to look for just about everything online that they often forget some of the very basic "old school" methods that worked so well years before anyone had even heard of the Internet. So, turn off the computer, get up from your desk, and get ready to do some down and dirty family tree research the way it used to be done.

Building Your Family Tree 101: Quick Tips for Finding Your English Ancestors


Did your ancestors come from Europe ? in particular England or Wales? It's quite possible to find their records. You may even be lucky enough to find records online, because as more and more people become intrigued with their origins, more are being made available.

Building Your Family Tree 101: Quick Tips for Finding Your Irish or Scottish Ancestors


Did your ancestors come from Europe ? in particular Ireland or Scotland? It's quite possible to find their records. You may even be lucky enough to find records online, because as more and more people become intrigued with their origins, more are being made available.

5 Quick Tips for Getting Better Results from Genealogy Message Boards


While genealogy forums, discussion groups or mailing lists can be a great resource for essentially putting other people to work on your research, the results can sometimes be less than spectacular. But the problem may not be the board, forum or list you're using. Instead, your lack of results could be a simple case of not understanding the proper way to use these incredibly powerful tools.

Researching Your Genealogy: Start with Living Family Members


If you've been thinking for a while about beginning a serious search into your family's background, your best resource, your older family members, is a finite resource.

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08/23/2017 03:35 PM
Where Do I Start With My Family History?
People who want to begin their Family History research want to know how to start. This article will give them some ideas on how to begin.
08/03/2017 09:55 PM
How Important Is the Family Tree?
This is not something that bothered me before until my son asked me why I don't make one for our family. It caused me to wonder why that would be important but when thinking about it the reality hit home. My children need to know who their ancestors are and what they contributed to their present life.
07/15/2017 09:09 AM
How Children Can Easily Draw a Family Tree
The family tree has a historical and pedagogical function in retracing the history of a family. While children can come up with a very simple tree, it is necessary to adopt a good method to deepen their research.
07/08/2017 09:05 AM
Sometimes You Really Have to Search for That Record
Family research can be very rewarding but at the same time, it can also be very frustrating especially when it comes to not being able to find records. That happened to me not to too long ago and the eventual discovery ended up being an unbelievable find. Eliza Jane Kidd was the sister to my great, great grandfather James Kidd.
07/08/2017 09:05 AM
Are You Having a Hard Time Finding That Illusive Immigrant Ancestor? The 1900 Census Might Help
Many people working on their family history have a difficult time finding their immigrant ancestor. The 1900 U.S. Census might be able to provide you with some clues as to when that ancestor arrived into the U.S.
05/12/2017 09:06 AM
My Stolen Heritage
Not all Indigenous Australians have dark skin. Many Indigenous Australians, like me, are the product of unions between Indigenous Australians and white settlers. Many of these unions were illicit, unwelcomed and often brutal. Some though, were the result of genuine love and affection and were sanctified within the Christian Church. Sadly, the products of these unions were still called "boongs" and "abos" and were treated like animals. My Great-Grandmother did not want this for her children, so she trained them to be European migrants and moved them to a place where dark-skinned "abos" were rarely, if ever seen. My Indigenous heritage was hidden for three generations to avoid the stigma of being a "black fella" in a white society and so, this fear stole my heritage.
01/11/2017 10:14 AM
The David Livingstone Connection
David Livingstone is a famous explorer. Born in 1813, he made it his mission to abolish slavery in Africa. My interest in Livingstone is due to the fact that my great great grand mother was Ann Livingstone and it has been passed down through my family for generations that Ann was in someway related to the explorer though I have been unable to verify this due to a lack of records of the time Ann was born.
08/02/2016 10:57 AM
Relish in Your Ancestry - They Did Everything to Improve Your Lineage
Realize the significant impact that your ancestry added to your lineage, current ideology, faith, cultural habits, and even down to the food that you find the most appealing. Relish or show appreciation and pride in your ancestry. Recognize the value that knowing your ancestors can bring to your skills, desire for knowledge, or to simply understand why you and me look the way that we do. Our ancestors are the reason or part of the reasons for our current life choices; where and how our ancestors lived brought us to our current life and life-style choices that we enjoy today! Make it a point to put paper to pen and write out as many family names as you can and begin, or plan to complete your family tree- Leave a legacy of people, places and events for children and grandchildren or relatives and friends to enjoy, lasting for generations, you'll be glad you did!
07/08/2016 02:11 PM
Researching Your Scottish Ancestry
Researching your family history while travelling to the United Kingdom is a great way to spend a holiday and to find out about your family before they migrated to New Zealand, Australia, Canada, or wherever they decided to settle. It is important to do your homework prior to getting on a plane. Take photocopies of documents and write down what you are trying to find out.
06/10/2016 03:48 PM
Tracing Your Family's Ancestry
FINDING YOUR ANCESTRY - TRICKS OF THE TRADE - So much has been written about how to best go about tracing your family tree that rather than just repeat what every other book or article has suggested, I think it's best to tell you how I have attempted to find details about my Great-Great-Grand mother. At least this will give you some idea as to what to look for and where to look which is all important. What your elderly relatives know is a starting point for your research as this will give you something to work with.
02/08/2016 11:10 AM
Searching Your Irish Heritage & Ancestry: The Very First Step
Here are some helpful and easy steps to begin your journey of discovery. These tips may seem obvious and quite basic but it always surprises me just how many people overlook these simple first steps.
01/07/2016 08:17 AM
Why Researching Tax Digests Is Important to the Genealogist
The tax digests or records in Georgia counties provide important data for the reasoning process of the genealogist and helps to follow the trail of the past. Although at first glance it appears to contain very little information and is unindexed, the information itself provides vital clues to tracing families. The districts are actual communities of friends and neighbors and should not be ignored.
11/06/2015 03:53 PM
Multigenerational Lies and the Effect They Have on Personal Identity
Family secrets and lies that are kept over many generations can have devastating effects on family descendants. It can dramatically affect how they view themselves as a person as well as their ability to interact in an effective way with family, friends and in their personal relationships.
08/10/2015 10:35 AM
Locate Your Biological Parents
One request I get every now and again is to assist someone in locating his or her biological parents. Some people may be just interest for their own knowledge to see what kind of lifestyle their biological parents lived, and others want to see about pursuing a possible relationship with them. Whatever the case the client typically has conducted an extensive search online and perhaps interviewed family members but is unable to determine whom, or where their parents are. Sometime the best way to start you search is from the bottom-up. This can be time consuming so prepare for the long haul.
07/23/2015 03:56 PM
How Many People Are You Actually Related To?
If you go back in time, how many people make up who you are? Are you actually related to anyone famous?
06/05/2015 07:14 AM
We All Have Royal Ancestry
Everybody wishes they were a king or queen at some point in their lives. Modern science shows us now that everybody has a little bit of royalty in them. Learn why in this article.
06/04/2015 10:49 AM
How Will Our Future Descendants React To Our Family's History?
As we continue to pursue our interest in genealogy and ancestry, we are increasingly reminded of the importance to not only document our OWN journey, but to be cautious of what we share. Because the reactions from our future descendants may not be what you'd expect.
05/13/2015 12:52 PM
America's Diversity Confirmed by DNA Study
A recent study has confirmed America's wide ethnic diversity. America's 'melting pot' status has never been more true than today.
05/01/2015 02:31 PM
English Surname Origins
English surnames that are commonplace today actually have very specific origins. Learn how many of the most common names around first came about.
04/07/2015 03:54 PM
Trapped? What to Do With Aging Parents and Growing Kids
Time is speeding up, but you have the power to slow it down and capture those precious moments. At least three generations of your family are alive, make time to build lasting digital memories.
02/11/2015 01:58 PM
Why Do Professional Birth Parent Searchers Charge a Fee?
Many question why birth searchers charge a fee to help people find their families. We have decided to answer these questions publicly in order to try and clear this matter up once and for all. There are some people who feel it's morally reprehensible to charge someone to find family members. While this is an understandable feeling it quite simply doesn't make a lot of sense logically. You could say it's reprehensible to charge people for food because its necessary for survival but logically we realize that we have to buy it or starve.
02/04/2015 11:13 AM
Developing Your Genealogical Research Question
You are getting serious about doing your own family research. Or you have decided to hire a genealogist to help you. Either way, fine tuning your research question will help guide your efforts.
01/20/2015 12:27 PM
Choosing a Genealogist: Evaluating a Professional Report
You have found a professional genealogist with credentials that make you comfortable at a price you can afford. But how do you know if the sample report she shows you represents quality work?
01/16/2015 11:40 AM
Choosing a Genealogist: Understanding Credentials
You're ready to find a professional genealogist to assist with your family history research. But how do you know which one is right for you? This article will help you understand some of the credentials used in genealogy.
12/13/2014 09:58 AM
DNA Contains Tremendous Cool Amounts of Information
DNA provides a way to identify and trace ancestry, to store massive amounts of uniquely personal data and to achieve a healthy lifestyle. The science that developed DNA testing is extraordinarily complex, but the practical uses of it are simple and accessible.
11/20/2014 06:44 AM
Doing Hard Time: Prison Records and Genealogical Research
Prison records and genealogy: it's probably not what you imagined when you first set out to find the story of your ancestors. But many of today's researchers find out that they have ancestors that served time in jails or prisons.
10/28/2014 02:13 PM
Can Timelines Improve My Genealogy Research?
Timelines are an essential genealogy tool that enable researchers to track information, anchor your research to historical events, and even track migration patterns. They are a useful way to organize records and information when you're taking a deep dive into the life of a specific ancestor. Here's a closer look at some creative techniques for using timelines that can bring new perspective to your genealogical research.
10/10/2014 06:02 AM
How Genealogy and Environment Can Impact Your Longevity
There are several aspects of your genealogy that can affect your lifespan, such as the strength of the immune systems of your ancestors and whether or not you naturally have long telomeres. A person's environment will also have a substantial impact on longevity, and ingesting a large amount of antioxidants and exercising intensely could tremendously extend your life.
10/07/2014 03:07 AM
How Will Genetic Research Affect The Future?
Recent advances in genetics have opened new avenues of opportunity for medical researchers and health care practitioners in discovering new treatments and in identifying dangerous conditions before they become life-threatening issues. In the more than 10 years since the official completion of the Human Genome Project, scientists have made amazing strides in the fields of biotechnology, medicine and pharmaceuticals. Continuing research in the field of DNA testing and genetic disorders will likely have a significant impact on everyday life in the future.
10/07/2014 03:06 AM
Why Do Genetic Test Results Differ Within Families?
People who seek genetic testing are usually looking for something specific. The most common goals are to establish familial relationships or to look for the genetic markers of an illness. In these situations, whole families often have the testing performed and compare results, and it can be puzzling when the results differ from one family member to another.
09/19/2014 09:56 AM
Genetics, Identical Twins and Their Differences
On rare occasions, one egg that has already been fertilized will split into two. When this occurs, identical twins are born and share the same genetic makeup. There is also the occurrence of "fraternal twins.
08/28/2014 10:28 AM
Family Tree: Your History - Your Future - Your Life
We all have a similar story of triumph; I hope you will discover yours so that you can share it and enjoy it for generations to come. It is your history to remember... your future to discover... your life to live.
08/04/2014 08:23 AM
I'm Heading to England
When you read this article I will be on the first day of my big trip to the United Kingdom. In 1886 my paternal grandfather was born in Hammersmith to a single mother. England was troubled economically and socially at the time.
07/21/2014 04:03 PM
The Ship Angel Gabriel
The book Angel Gabriel by Warren C. Riess contains information of interest to the descendants of the three Burnham boys, John, Thomas, and Robert, who traveled from England to the New World on the ship Angel Gabriel. On August 15, 1635 the Bristol Merchantman Angel Gabriel, conveying settlers and supplies to the New World, wrecked near the Pemaquid settlement in present-day Bristol, Maine.
07/17/2014 08:46 AM
Why Are We All So Different, When We Share 99% of Our Genes?
It often comes as a surprise to learn that all people share over 99% of their genes. The variations, both visible and otherwise, are the result of differences in the remaining 0.1% of genes.
07/01/2014 10:45 AM
DNA: Why You Look the Way You Do
The human body is a construction of different molecules, but it is proteins that determine many of the fundamental aspects of how each person physically looks. Proteins rely on another important element of development known as DNA, which acts as the hereditary material for almost all living things. DNA DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, is found in nearly every cell in the human body.
06/30/2014 09:03 AM
Serendipity: Creating a Gift and Leaving and Legacy
I wasn't sure what to give my only nephew for a wedding gift. You see, he and his fianc? were well established and their house had everything they needed. Then I got an idea.
06/17/2014 12:21 PM
A Primer on Cemetery Research to Find Ancestors
When you're working on researching distant generations of ancestors, cemetery research is one of the most satisfying, hands on forms of genealogical exploration you can do. It's one way to connect with a tangible reminder of particular ancestors, which is often an elusive feeling. Finding a tombstone or other sign of the resting place of an ancestor can give you insights into who they were.
06/06/2014 09:10 AM
How Deep Do the Roots of Your Family Tree Run?
For the last several decades, genealogy has become the "in" thing. Everyone wants to know their family history and from where they originated, and document this information in a family tree book.
05/22/2014 10:02 AM
The Alaska Gold Rush and Its Impact Upon the USA Genealogical Diversity
Much has been talked about the gold rush in general and its probable impact upon the genealogy and census of a certain area. It is nothing new. On several occasions, the discovery of gold and other invaluable metals like high grade titanium, iron and the likes at certain region prompted an exodus from neighboring lands.
04/15/2014 10:20 AM
The Day I Became A Monuments Man
A personal experience shows that restitution of Nazis' stolen treasure is about much more than money. Surviving family members want to hold the items their lost relatives once held to link the past to the present.
01/28/2014 10:35 AM
Solve Those Confusing Name Problems and Build Your Family Tree
If you've ever tried to build your family tree, I'm sure you've run into situations where you can't find a relatives name in documents that it should be in. You look, and the name should be there, but it isn't. This can be very frustrating to say the least. This article goes over several easy ways to rapidly resolve this problem and get moving with your research again.
01/22/2014 10:03 AM
Find Your Ancestry: Solving the Given Date Dilemma
When you start out trying to find your ancestry, you're going to run into dates that just don't make sense. There are ways to solve this dilemma so that your research does not bog down. I give you a few of those solutions in this article.
01/14/2014 03:55 PM
Most Surprising Celebrity Genealogy Discoveries
There's one common human thread that everyone shares, whether you're Cindy Crawford, an office worker in Munich or you have the most important job of all (Mom, of course) in Salt Lake City-everyone wants to know where, and who, they came from. Genealogy is the study and tracing of your lines of descent, and everyone's story line is unique.
01/13/2014 08:36 AM
Genealogy Basics - Cemetery Research Advice for Beginners
Genealogy research can take you outside to do do research at cemeteries. This hands on form of research is not only a way to feel closer to an ancestor but to discover new sources of information. For the beginner you will need some basic information about doing cemetery research. Expect the unexpected and be prepared for the adventure. This article will give you tips on beginning this type of family history research.
01/07/2014 08:38 AM
Family Background and Lineage - Why Is Knowing Your Ancestry Important?
Why does genealogy matter? What is the benefit of knowing your family history?
01/07/2014 08:38 AM
How to Find Elusive Ancestors
Some ancestors are hard to find. There are numerous ways they can disappear and numerous ways to find them again.
12/31/2013 01:13 PM
Reviewing Your Family History
Reviewing your family history is something that should be done on a regular basis. Regardless of how long you or someone else has been working on your history, there are always new things that might need to be added and modified.
12/27/2013 12:02 PM
Facts About Your Family History
Facts are not always palatable. When you are researching your family history you need to have an open mind.
12/26/2013 01:24 PM
How Much Does a Genealogy Expert Cost?
While you can start your family tree for free, to really dig into your ancestry can start to cost money. Is it worth it to hire someone to do your research for you? How much will that cost.


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