What would summer be without gathering loved ones from near and far and celebrating the family ties that bind us together? A recent, very memorable family reunion for me was a gathering of the descendants of my grandparents, Don and Ada Van Dam. Activities, which took place over the course of a few days, included
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
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
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
While in North Carolina last week I decided to call on my Hobson relatives, or rather, to pay a visit to the area where they once lived, two hundred years ago. My Hobson ancestors, George and Elizabeth, came to this country in the 1690s, and first settled in the Colony of Pennsylvania. They were Quakers.
This past week I had the opportunity to attend the annual National Genealogical Society Conference, held this year in Raleigh, North Carolina. I learned from some genealogy greats, including Tom Jones and Elizabeth Shown Mills. One of the best things about the conference, though, was rubbing shoulders with other genealogy enthusiasts. I met some wonderful
For years I wanted to learn more about my family history but I didn’t know where to begin to research or how to record the information I found. I also felt intimidated because genealogy had been transformed with the advent of the internet and the digital age and technology did not come easily for me.