Thank You For Your Service

Ninety-nine years ago on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month the major hostilities of The First World War came to an end when the Armistice went into effect. Every year on 11 November we honor the service of all United States Military veterans with a federal holiday. To show appreciation

Taking the DNA Plunge

DNA testing is fast becoming a standard practice in genealogy. Although it will never replace good solid research, DNA evidence can be useful in establishing family connections. According to Blaine T. Bettinger and Debbie Parker Wayne, authors of Genetic Genealogy in Practice, there are many advantages to DNA testing. For one thing, primary source documents

October is Family History Month

You probably didn’t know it but October is Family History Month. It seems fitting that as the days grow shorter and cooler and thoughts turn to cozy evenings at home with family we take time to reflect on the lives of those who have gone before. Perhaps in honor of Family History Month you can make

Genealogy Is Good For Your Health

This week I had the opportunity of participating in a Wellness Fair at the State Department in Washington, DC. I had a great time talking with so many interesting people and listening to their stories! It seems that nearly everyone wants to learn about their roots. In recent years genealogy has gone from being something

Historical Context Matters

The summer of 2017 was an eventful one on many levels. Personally, after being an empty nester for several years I enjoyed being surrounded at home by family all summer long. Beginning with Memorial Day weekend visits from a niece with her husband and two of my sons (one with his wife and five children

In the News!

Map of the United States highlighting search results. As a genealogist I am always on the lookout for anything new that can aid my research. So hearing about a new technology that makes researching easier is quite exciting! Finding out that I can use the site for free is a bonus! Today I learned about

Last Call for Microfilm

For decades the mainstay of genealogical research has been genealogical records available on microfilm. Records were filmed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with permission from the various repositories. The microfilmed records were made available for the use of the general public, free of charge, at the Family History Library(FHL) in Salt

The Stories of Our Lives

  When I logged in to FamilySearch the other day I was greeted with a photo of my great grandfather’s, sisters: Abigail, Josephine, Mary, and Sarah. Something about this photo resonated with me, perhaps because I had the feeling that I would love to get to know them. I want to know their stories! Have

Compiled Genealogies: Demystifying the Numbers

We all carry inside us people who came before us.                                                                                     ~ Liam Callanan   As you begin digging around your family tree you may be fortunate enough to come across a compiled genealogy of your ancestors. In previous posts I mentioned two compiled genealogies of my ancestors: The History of the Descendants of Elder