There is big news today from Software MacKiev concerning Ancestry’s TreeSync® feature, a tool many researchers count on to sync their Ancestry family tree with their offline software.
MacKiev has announced that as of March 29th at midnight (mountain time) Ancestry’s TreeSync feature will go offline forever. According to MacKiev it will be replaced by March 31st with their new sync solution FamilySync. But there is a big catch – the new FamilySync will only work [...]
Thank you to family history writer Tony Bandy for his hard work making this article possible.
Digital documents form the backbone of modern genealogy research. Whether it’s shared family trees, scanned photos, or official documents, there is always new data to be explored.
The hardest part remains, however, in finding free resources. Luckily, many U.S. states have put a good deal of effort into making their records freely accessible online, and some of the best no-cost [...]
By Melissa Johnson, CG, Dual Citizenship Specialist
In recent years, many Americans and citizens of other nations have gone through the process of applying for Irish dual citizenship. As a European Union member state, Ireland offers many benefits to its citizens, including the right to vote, as well as educational, financial, tax, and business advantages. Additionally, many people become Irish dual citizens for ease of travel and property ownership, for ethnic and cultural [...]
Family Tree DNA, the longest running DNA testing company for family history, has made an exciting change. They will now allow no-cost uploads of DNA to their system from AncestryDNA and 23andMe and provide all matches for free.
Why is this exciting? Because every testing company offers a unique database of individuals who they have tested – and running your DNA against these people means new matches, and new discoveries, for you. Plus, FTDNA provides some very advanced tools [...]
In need of some inspiration and new ideas to kickstart your genealogy research this week?
Perhaps you’ve hit a bit of slump in your genealogy research? Or maybe you’d just like to try a new strategy or two? Either way, we’ve pulled together 10 quick suggestions to help you step outside of your research comfort zone, explore new records and help you grow your tree. Give these ideas a try and see what you discover.
1. Try a New Family History Research [...]
By Alice Plouchard Stelzer
The dictionary tells us that being invisible is being inconspicuous, unobtrusive, and unnoticeable. From a researcher’s point of view, tracing the life movements of invisible women creates many challenges. In the Preface to Notable American Women, editors Janet and Edward James said, “Biographies of women, especially little-known ones, pose special problems of research and interpretation. For women’s lives generally, documentation tends to be [...]
Ready to take an ancestry DNA test to better understand your family’s past, but aren’t sure which one to choose? You’re not alone. Several excellent DNA tests for genealogy purposes are now available for a reasonable cost, but picking the right one for you can be very confusing.
What are the differences between each DNA test and testing company? Which one will tell me where my family comes from? How accurate are the results? How can I use the information to grow [...]
Anyone who has researched their African American ancestors knows what a challenge it can be, but as interest in family history research continues to grow more and more free resources are available to help you on your quest.
If you are new to African American genealogy research, or have a hit a roadblock, we suggest that you take some time to read this very helpful guide from FamilySearch before going any further. It will walk you though research from 1870 forward. FamilySearch [...]