One of the most powerful tools modern family historians have at their disposal is a Google search. A search for our ancestors through Google is one of the best ways to discover new records that exist outside of the genealogy research sites we use regularly. From turning up entries in old books or newspapers, to revealing the archives of small repositories – Google can be a powerful friend.
However, there is a big difference between turning up a lot of pages in Google, and [...]
Family Tree DNA, a leader in genetic testing for genealogy, has temporarily dropped the price of its Family Finder test to the lowest we’ve ever seen for an autosomal test for this purpose – $59. You can find the deal here.
The new $59 price of Family Finder is offered as a holiday special and, although that means it won’t last very long, this opportunity will likely be very exciting for researchers who have been waiting for DNA testing to become more [...]
If you’re taking the time to gather with family over the holidays, you’ll no doubt be hoping for the opportunity to collect some family history information at the same time. But while we all know how important it is to talk with relatives about our family’s past, may of us feel hesitant to ask others to break out the memories, photos and records when the time comes.
How can we broach the topic of sharing family history gently, and make it an enjoyable experience [...]
Google has announced a new app today that brings the ease of scanning and preserving old family photos and records to a whole new level. And Anil Sabharwal, vice president of Google Photos, was inspired to create the free app by his own family’s past.
According to CNET “His grandparents, who were Hindus living in what had just become the Muslim state of Pakistan, faced soldiers at the door who ordered them to gather what belongings they could carry to cross the Indian [...]
If you have been doing family history research for a while, you are probably fully aware of the fact that there are many free genealogy sites available to you. But for those that are just starting out, it can be very hard to see past the well-promoted paid subscription sites and many people become frustrated when trying to locate records and resources that are actually free.
While paid genealogy websites do offer many excellent resources for family historians, and sometimes [...]
A new player has entered the DNA testing arena….MyHeritage. This is big news for those interested in genetic genealogy since new offerings in this market are rare, even as updates to existing products continue to draw in new users.
Earlier this year, the large family history company began encouraging existing members and new recruits alike to upload their raw data from other testing companies in an effort to create a new database for genetic genealogy research. Given the [...]
Whether you’re looking for an elusive obituary or a family scandal, free newspaper archives are an excellent resource for filling out your family tree. In fact, many online archives make it so easy to search decades of ‘dusty’ old papers, you might find that it’s awfully easy to lose yourself in the past.
We’ve gathered together a list of three of our favorite places to find free access to old newspapers. Each is worth checking out since they all have [...]
As Americans across the U.S. prepare for a slew of political transitions, many family historians can’t help but think back on elections past and how the act of voting, and the outcome of elections, influenced our ancestors’ lives. What issues were important to the men and women in our family trees? What challenges did they face when it came to exercising their right to vote? And in the case of minorities, women, immigrants and the poor, we wonder what it was like to have that [...]
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 [...]