April 25th is National DNA Day, which celebrates the date in 1953 that the journal Nature first published papers from Rosalind Franklin, James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins and their colleagues on the structure of DNA.
Top testing companies like Family Tree DNA and Ancestry are celebrating this day with big discounts on their tests from now until mid next week. If you’ve been waiting for a deal to come along before you get tested (or to request that your family [...]
Census and population records have long been a vital component of genealogy research. Those of us researching the U.S. have come to count on the decennial federal census to provide a generous amount of information about our ancestors, even if it is not always as accurate as we’d like.
And (aside from the 1890 census that was destroyed in an unfortunate and somewhat mysterious series of events) these records are easily accessible online and widely used. But there is federal [...]
The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is offering free access to thirty-two probate-related databases on its website right now. Access to these wonderful collections starts today, April 18th, and lasts one week.
The databases being offered by the NEHGS contain some of the earliest probate records of colonial Massachusetts and other New England colonies and states, as well as New York and New Brunswick, Canada. The collections provide a wide variety of information [...]
By Tony Bandy
For many of us who’ve seen the images and read the diaries of our ancestors, immigration to the United States is more than just faded bits of history, it’s our family – our aunts and uncles, mothers and fathers, nieces and nephews. It’s an essential part of the genealogy and family history process, of learning about where we’ve been and how we made it to this present year of 2017.
Yet finding the immigration path chosen by our ancestors is still in [...]
Have you ever taken a really long road trip? The kind that takes days to get where you’re going? It’s not as common anymore with cheap, safe air travel.
I love the road trip personally – no time constraints, no restrictions on shampoo bottle size, no turbulence! After each trip I understand so much more about terrain, road quality, how long it takes to get somewhere. We take all this for granted when flying, or even when someone else is driving.
One such trip was a [...]
The long-awaited myOrigins update from Family Tree DNA is finally here – and it’s a big improvement. FTDNA has clearly been working hard since their announcement of an upcoming update last year to bring a much improved product to users.
Ethnicity reports are one of the most popular features of DNA testing for genealogy because they provide users with a quick look at where their ancestors may have come from (in some cases within a relatively recent genealogical time [...]
By Kate Jackson
Are you in search of a date or place of death for a certain member of your family tree, but keep coming up empty-handed? If the individual passed away in the mid to late 1800s, U.S. Mortality Schedules – conducted in connection with the federal census – may be the key to finding the missing piece of your puzzle.
Never heard of a mortality schedule? Simply put, they are a collection of names of those who died in the year prior to the census being [...]
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 [...]