One of the most important things a family historian can do is get organized. It makes research easier in the short term, and you’ll thank yourself repeatedly for it in the future.
Many genealogists, including myself, use Evernote — which has both an excellent online and downloadable system for capturing data and organizing information. There is also a great deal of help out there on how to use Evernote for genealogy (like these templates from Cyndi’s [...]
Recently, I discovered proof of a thrilling family story in a very unexpected place. I had looked for this proof on birth, death and marriage records, in the federal and state census, and just about everywhere else I could possibly think of.
But, just when I thought I had exhausted all reasonable possibilities, it turned up suddenly in a location I had only stumbled on by accident. A city directory.
I’ll admit, I’ve known about city directories (as well as town [...]
By Susan Wallin Mosey
Is it weird that I have a graveyard kit? How else can you go grave hunting in an organized and well-equipped manner? Mine is stored in a pink bucket with a decal on it. (I’m a very girly grave hunter.)
The bucket contains all the stuff I need for proper gravestone hunting (except a goodly supply of water—never leave home without a goodly supply of water). The bucket contains:
1. A notebook and a pen, along with any information that I had the [...]
One of the most enjoyable things about doing family history research is discovering what your ancestor did to earn a living. But, very often, we find ourselves scratching our heads trying to figure out exactly what an old occupation actually consisted of.
or a mudlark…
or an ealdorman.
In last week’s list of 25 free genealogy sites we mentioned a site we had only recently been introduced to — Random Acts of Genealogical [...]
The National Library of Ireland has officially launched a new web-repository for its Catholic parish records — making this truly vital record collection available online for free for the first time in history.
The parish register records are considered to be the single most important source of information on Irish family history prior to the 1901 Census.
The new dedicated website hosts over 390,000 digital images of the microfilm reels on which the parish registers [...]
Our Featured Genealogy Expert series continues this week with help and inspiration from Cyndi Ingle, creator of the much loved genealogy resource site Cyndi’s List!
In this series we’re asking family history experts from many backgrounds to answer 5 questions so that we can learn from their many years of experience.
Thank you Cyndi for taking the time to share your know-how with us, and for spending so many years dedicating your time and energy to helping family [...]
A few months ago we published our popular guide, 50 Free Genealogy Sites to Search Today, which has helped tens of thousands of family historians discover new family history resources.
Since that time we have learned of many more free genealogy databases – including quite a few that our wonderful readers were nice enough to share with us. We have pulled these diverse suggestions together, along with even more no-cost offerings, and are excited to share them with you [...]
Thank you to Wesley Eames of AncestorCloud for this great information.
What’s your favorite part of genealogical research? Is it simply working on a branch of your family tree, or is it making progress, finding relatives, and interesting stories?
Now what’s your least favorite part of genealogy work? If you’re anything like me it’s exciting to make progress, find connections, stories, and build up your tree. However, without fail, you run into a brick wall, one that you [...]
Thank you to family history writer Tony Bandy for this helpful article.
What if I could show you a free online family history resource with over 13 million digitized books, magazines and other types of materials? Would you be interested? What about a continually growing service with free access and downloads to high-resolution scans, PDF documents and plain text? How much would this benefit your family research?
Interested? Then let me share with you a bit more information [...]