Family history research is a fascinating and rewarding hobby, and it’s getting more exciting all of the time. With new records and tools and research methods appearing every day, there are seemingly endless opportunities to explore and collaborate.
But, as most of us already recognize, there are also endless opportunities to make mistakes. And, in the connected world of online research, those mistakes can spread like wildfire.
Genealogy is collaborative by nature and [...]
There’s big news in the world of Irish genealogy research this week! For the first time in history, more than 2.5 million birth, marriage and death record images for Ireland are now available online to anyone. And the best part of all? They’re free.
These important civil documents are the official state vital records of Ireland and are maintained by the General Register Office. Records date as far back as 1864. Find out how to access these free Irish records [...]
Is it time that you put your family history research on a blog of your own? Here’s how to do it easily.
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 [...]
Do you suspect that some of your ancestors may have royal roots? If you can find one of the surnames from your family tree on the list below, you just might be right!
Many families have stories of royalty in the family tree — and while many of these turn out to be just that, stories — it sure can be fun to investigate. Even if you don’t have tales of Kings and Queens in your past, you might be surprised to discover that having noble connections is actually [...]
If you’re completely stuck trying to find the maiden name of one, or many, of your female ancestors you’re not alone. Because women often left their maiden names long behind when they got married they can be incredibly hard to uncover in some cases — and not being able to find one can often mean a complete dead end.
If we’re lucky, we can find a maiden name in one of the usual resources — on a marriage certificate or death record, in the census, or [...]
Whether family history research is your newest hobby or a lifelong passion — pitfalls are everywhere and sometimes they’re hard to spot. From forgetting to back up your data to limiting your research options, these important dos and don’ts will help you avoid some of the most common issues facing family historians today.
1. DO interview family members while you still have a chance. Many family historians are nervous about asking family members for important [...]
The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is offering all of its Irish records free of charge from Aug 2 – 9th. Read their release below for information about how to access this great collection.
Many believe that researching Irish ancestors is impossible because of the destruction of the Public Record Office (PRO) in Dublin in 1922. While many records were destroyed in that devastating fire, other sources, such as deeds [...]
Locating the names of parents is one of the most important jobs of any family historian and we all spend a great deal of time looking for records to do just that. But, as we all know, it’s not always an easy task.
Parents can be surprisingly elusive — mysteriously missing from key documents. In addition, verifying that we have actually found the correct parents for an ancestor can be an even bigger challenge, especially if our ancestor had a common name.
There are few things more frustrating or discouraging than spending days, weeks or even years looking for a specific detail about an ancestor and coming up with nothing. And while it is certainly possible that what you are looking for simply does not exist, it’s also possible that a few changes to the way you search may turn up surprising results.
Whether you’re using a huge family history resource like FamilySearch or Ancestry, or digging around on smaller [...]