Probate Genealogy: An Intriguing Field of Research

Professional genealogy is a diverse field that includes a wide variety of unique specialties from adoption to genetics, cartography, photographic analysis, military, migration, religious groups, ethnic groups, and many more. One of the lesser known specialties is probate genealogy.  Probate is the legal process through which an individual’s real estate (property) and personal estate (possessions)Continue reading “Probate Genealogy: An Intriguing Field of Research”

Create a Genealogy Migration Map Using Google My Maps

Have you considered creating a migration map to trace your ancestors? It’s fast and simple to use Google My Maps or other free mapping tools to map your family’s history.  Combining mapping technology with your genealogy research gives you an entirely different visual perspective that goes well beyond simply knowing where your relatives lived basedContinue reading “Create a Genealogy Migration Map Using Google My Maps”

Immersion Genealogy: Walking in Your Ancestor’s Footsteps

Family history is so much more than charts, documents, names, and boxes of old photos. With access to online family research websites, it’s easy to limit your research to census records, yearbook photos and marriage certificates. But what you are missing is the context by which to interpret your research. Historical context is the political,Continue reading “Immersion Genealogy: Walking in Your Ancestor’s Footsteps”

NewsBank: Free Access Always

Most genealogists and family researchers are familiar with Newspapers.com, a newspaper subscription service; but fewer people know about NewsBank.  What is NewsBank?  Established in 1972, NewsBank is a news database resource that provides public libraries, schools, and institutions of higher learning with access to archived newspapers and other digital publications. In turn, these institutions provideContinue reading “NewsBank: Free Access Always”

Cryptic Headstone Puzzles Visitors

Genealogists, family researchers, Find A Grave volunteers, and cemetery visitors will sometimes stumble upon an unusual headstone, one that leaves you scratching your head. Perhaps it displays an unfamiliar symbol or includes an inscription that is written in a language other than English.   But this headstone stands out from the rest — it isContinue reading “Cryptic Headstone Puzzles Visitors”

RootsTech 2022 Free Virtual Event Just Announced

Mark your calendars and hold these dates so you can participate in the FREE virtual RootsTech 2022 genealogy event, hosted by FamilySearch International. Due to continued concerns regarding COVID and its impact on an international event, RootsTech 2022 will be held virtually on March 3-5, 2022. Everyone is welcome to participate. RootsTech is a globalContinue reading “RootsTech 2022 Free Virtual Event Just Announced”

Embrace Your Irish Heritage: Jameson Employee Records

More than one million Jameson whiskey employee records have been released and are free to access through Ancestry.com during July 2021. May the “Luck of the Irish” be with you during your search through this treasure trove of Irish family history. Ancestry.com and Irish Distillers, producer of some of the world’s best-loved Irish whiskeys, teamedContinue reading “Embrace Your Irish Heritage: Jameson Employee Records”

AmaWaterways & Ancestry Announce Genealogy Cruises

AmaWaterways and Ancestry® have formed an exciting new partnership that will provide genealogy enthusiasts and family researchers with a way to learn about their family through Personalized Ancestry Experience travel packages. Heritage immersion trips are extremely popular today because they bring greater meaning to your genealogical journey. These once-in-a-lifetime experiences are something that most ofContinue reading “AmaWaterways & Ancestry Announce Genealogy Cruises”

Finding Immigrants: Port of New York Passengers

Our immigrant ancestor’s journey to America is one of the most important parts of our family history. Some people can trace their immigrant family history back generations to the founding of the original colonies. While others have a relative who came as a crew member, servant, indentured laborer, or enslaved person— and don’t appear onContinue reading “Finding Immigrants: Port of New York Passengers”

Obituaries: Content, Finding Copies & Search Tips

Obituaries and death notices are among the most sought-after documents by genealogists because they are generally rich in details.  An obituary is often the first thing people read in the newspaper (or online) each day, and, for many, it will be the last thing written about their lives. The earliest form of obituaries has beenContinue reading “Obituaries: Content, Finding Copies & Search Tips”

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