Most genealogists use federal census records on a regular basis. Few resources are, after all, as packed full of information and as easy to access as a census.
And, while we all know that the details found in a census can often be incorrect, this helpful record collection has become a family history staple for good reason. No other resource recorded details about our ancestor’s lives in such a frequent and predictable way and, often times, the federal census may seem to be [...]
Many family historians are fully aware of the fact that the 1890 census, which contained more than 60 million individuals, was destroyed in the early 20th century and is therefore not available for genealogical research. The lack of this valuable resource, one from such an important time in America’s history, has left a huge gap for many of us.
Despite the common belief that these precious records were simply destroyed by fire in 1921, the actual story of what happened is [...]
The US census is by far one of the most commonly used resources by family historians. Its encompassing, regular nature means that it’s the first place many of us look for crucial details about our ancestors.
But how much do you really know about this treasure? Do you have what it takes to get a passing score? Take the quiz below to find out…then let us know your results in the comments!
So, how did you do?
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When Annie Moore and her two Irish brothers became the first immigrants to pass through Ellis Island in 1892 they quickly made their way into the history books. After that time, millions more made their way through the famed processing center — their details are now available as part of the 50 million free records on the recently revamped Ellis Island website.
But what if you had ancestors that came to New York before January 1, 1892 when this famed processing center first [...]
Genealogy is an exciting adventure into a unique past — that of your very own family. It’s full of twists and turns, validation and insight. What could be better?
But family history research is, unfortunately, also full of pitfalls. Pitfalls that can hinder or derail your research if you don’t avoid them…or at least try to overcome them.
We thought it would be fun and useful to address a few of the most common pitfalls that new (and intermediate) [...]
Ancestry has released the surprising announcement today that they are discontinuing their popular Family Tree Maker software.
…we’ve taken a hard look at the declining desktop software market and the impact this has on being able to continue to provide product enhancements and support that our users need. With that, we’ve made the decision to stop selling Family Tree Maker as of December 31, 2015.
According to the blog post, they will [...]
The Ellis Island records website has long been a great place to find free ancestry information. Providing instant access to more than 50 million immigration records, it’s a vital resource for anyone with immigrant ancestry from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Last year, Ellis Island revealed a brand new website, including a revamped and improved family history records section. In fact, all of the Statue of Liberty webpages — including the Ellis Island records [...]
It’s no secret that we love free genealogy sites here at Family History Daily. But, we have to admit, we also like Ancestry.com. Next to FamilySearch.org, you’re not going to find a larger, more diverse genealogy website — and many of us are willing to pay their subscription fees for that reason alone.
But we also like Ancestry for the convenient free family tree they offer. It’s easy to get started with, maintain and share (or keep private). Plus, [...]
Most of us use Google search to look for our ancestors on a regular basis. After all, once we’re done searching our favorite family history sites directly, Google is our best bet for locating new records online.
But finding valuable data via Google search can be hard since there are so many sites, and so many pages of data. After typing in an ancestor’s name and a few details we often find that we’ve turned up hundreds or thousands of results, and most of them [...]