MyHeritage, a family history research site with more than 80 million members, has announced that it will now allow uploading of raw DNA data from top testing companies to its website. They are encouraging current members with active family trees to upload their DNA for free to connect with potential genetic matches.
This service will enable people who have already tested their DNA through DNA testing services (such as 23andMe, Family Tree DNA, and AncestryDNA) to enjoy [...]
Searching for and locating records about our ancestors is seldom a simple process. Of course, we all have those easy-to-find individuals that seem to appear in every single record at just the right time — but many of us spend most of our time searching for those elusive members of our tree that appear to have avoided being recorded on purpose.
If you’ve hit a brick wall in your research, check our list of 13 common reasons why people fail to find the genealogy data [...]
A new interactive map from Metrocosm has visualized immigration to the US in a whole new way. This fascinating tool is a great way to gather a quick view of where US immigrants where coming from between the years 1830 and 2013.
The helpful map will automatically play through each year on its own — highlighting top countries of immigration with bright colors and animated dots — or you may use the scroll bar to select a year of interest yourself. Each animated dot on the [...]
Can you download your family tree from Ancestry.com? The answer is yes.
We see this question quite a bit so we thought we’d quickly show you how you can easily download a GEDCOM from Ancestry that you can use as a backup, or to import in to virtually any family tree program or family history tree website.
It is important to note that because an Ancestry tree export produces a standard GEDCOM file, it will only contain textual data and not attached photos or records. [...]
Many family historians are not aware of the fact that millions of passport applications were collected by the US Department of State between the years of 1795 and 1925.
These applications are kept by the National Archives and Record Administration (NARA) and are packed full of personal information that can help you in your research – such as birth date and location, name of father or husband, names of children, occupation and much more. In some case, there are even [...]
By Jodi Bash
Small piles of photos, letters, and other yellowed documents lined the living room walls. As I walked further into the house, I saw they also lined all available space in the kitchen and bedroom. “I want to throw it all away!”
My client was overwhelmed with her extensive genealogy collection. She had been the willing recipient of family documents for as long as she could remember. “Give it to Shelly, she’s the family history buff!” But now, Shelly was drowning. [...]
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 [...]
Perhaps you’ve been doing research for months or years and you have a lot of wonderful information you’d like to share? Or maybe you just want a place to record your research progress and keep better track of what you’re working on? Why not start a blog to get organized, share your research with family, or bring it to fellow researchers across the world?
Don’t think you have the computer skills to do this? Well you do! If you can do online genealogy [...]