Do you believe that you may have an American Revolutionary War ancestor? Or perhaps you already know you that you do and would like to connect with others who also have Revolutionary Era roots?
If so, you may qualify to become part of one of the most respected membership organizations in the US, The Daughters of the American Revolution.
Started in 1890 as a way for women to showcase their patriotism and serve their country, this lineage-based organization now has nearly [...]
Newspapers are one of the most valuable resources available to family history researchers. Not only can they provide some of the critical basic data we need to grow our trees – such as birth, marriage and death dates – they are one of the few resources that can help us expand our understanding of our ancestors’ personal stories as well.
Whether you are able locate a standard obituary or notice of birth, or are lucky enough to find a newspaper article dedicated [...]
Online research is getting better and better every day. With new free websites, databases and research groups popping up everywhere, family historians have a seemingly endless supply of records and resources to help them uncover family details.
But with all of the amazing information now available at our fingertips it can be difficult to keep track of it all. Whether you’re on a research site perusing possible record matches, taking a family history course or reading [...]
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was an online research site that allowed you to easily search for records about your ancestors from repositories across the USA? One that linked to actual records that you could view online?
Wouldn’t it be even more wonderful if that site was completely free for anyone to use?
If you answered yes to these questions, you’ll be thrilled to know that such a research site does exist. It’s called the Digital Public [...]
If you’re one of the many thousands of genealogists that have tested your DNA in the hopes of better understanding your genetic heritage, you’ll be excited to hear that there is a new way to do just this — and it’s free.
Last October a new project from Columbia University researchers and the NY Genome Center went public, promising free ancestry reports and relative matching in exchange for allowing your raw genetic data to be part of an eager new research [...]
From the New England Historic Genealogical Society:
America’s oldest and largest genealogical society announces a historic event for family historians around the world. From April 6 to April 13, American Ancestors by New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is offering FREE access to all of its online records.
More than one billion records covering 18 countries— including the most important family history research materials for early America created by the experts [...]
As many of you know, last December Ancestry announced that they would no longer support or sell their downloadable family tree software, Family Tree Maker (FTM). This was a great shock to many researchers who had invested in the program. A lot of confusion about Family Tree Maker has ensued since.
Family History Daily uses a variety of software programs for testing and hosting trees. When we attempted to update our outdated version of FTM recently, we found the process of [...]
Do you host your family tree online? Have you backed up your genealogy files to the cloud? If you said yes to either question, you are certainly not alone. Many family historians today choose to store their trees on the web. And there are many benefits to doing so — easy setup, access from anywhere, simple sharing and an assurance that you’ll still have your tree if your computer or tablet were to crash.
But is it really a good idea to place your genealogy data online? [...]
One of the most exciting things about doing family history research is moving beyond names and dates to begin exploring the stories of our ancestors’ lives. There are many ways to do this. Records like pension applications, wills and obituaries can provide details that allow us a special glimpse into the important events and personal relationships of our forebearers.
But there is one type of genealogy resource that often stands above the rest when it comes to providing these [...]