With Memorial Day on May 25th, many of us will be taking the time to honor our ancestors who served by learning more about their lives.
To help you in your journey we’ve pulled together a helpful list of websites where you can find free military record access. Some are only free of charge for the weekend, others are excellent no-cost resources to search all year long.Free for the weekend:
Ancestry.com: Ancestry is offering free access to more than 200 million [...]
By Susan Wallin Mosey
Excerpts from the childhood of my mother-in-law, Donna Garver Mosey, in her own words.
This is part 2 of a 3 part series, read part 1 here.
At school we had a recess at 10:30 and 2:30, and a one-hour lunch break at noon. Reading was my favorite subject. I remember what an awful time I had with long division, though! I could do short division, but not long… We played anti-over, where we threw a ball over the school [...]
When most of us think of Ancestry.com, we think of paid resources. And, of course, the vast majority of Ancestry’s billions of records are behind a paywall. However, you might be surprised to hear that the site does off a relatively large assortment of completely free collections–and they are 100% searchable.
When you attempt to locate a record on Ancestry via their main search function the free collections do get mixed into the results. If you don’t have a paid [...]
By Susan Wallin Mosey
Excerpts from the childhood of my mother-in-law, Donna Garver Mosey, in her own words:
I was the seventh born of fifteen children. (The fifteenth one, William, had a bad heart and lived only a few days.) I was born at home, as we all were. When a new baby was about to be born, we would go outside to play, if we could, in the old corn crib if it was empty. There was no telephone, so Dad would go and bring the midwife. I [...]
The listing for “occupation” is one of the major gems of the US census. It gives us a glimpse into the daily lives of our ancestors in a way that few other raw details can.
But if you’ve spent some time digging through these old records you’ve probably come across jobs that you have never heard of, most likely because their necessity has faded away with time. You’ve probably even found yourself frantically googling some of these positions to gain a [...]
Thank you to the free family history research site Crestleaf for sharing this guest post by genealogist Lisa Lisson.
“No one is interested in my story.” — “Me? I was just a housewife.” — “Our family did not do anything special.” — “Our family never had much.”
These are some of the responses I received when I began asking my grandmother (at the time in her late 80s) about her life and family history.
So, I got a little sneaky. I pulled out the [...]
Do you have an old family photo you can’t identify? Are you unsure of the time period or place a photo was taken in? Perhaps you want to connect with others who are researching a specific ancestor you have an image of? If so, Google Image Search offers a unique way to explore your family history.Google image searches for genealogy can be used to: Find websites that have information about a specific ancestor you are researching by uncovering pages that contain the same image [...]
Unless you’re a professional genealogist you’ve probably learned most of what you know about family history research from…well…doing research. Most of us dove into our family trees when we began our genealogy journey and never looked back–learning the ropes as we went.
And the truth is, if you’re a hobby genealogist, you probably don’t need an online class or webinar to build a strong family tree. You will discover most of what you really [...]
Here are 15 of our favorite quotes about family history. We hope you enjoy them!
Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you are lucky enough to be a genealogist, you are lucky enough. – Ruth Padilla
Friends come and go, but relatives tend to accumulate. – Unknown
The past is not dead. It isn’t even past. – William Faulkner
Genealogy: Where you confuse the dead and irritate the living. [...]