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”

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”

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”

Amazon Prime Day, Save on Genealogy Products!

Amazon Prime Day 2021 is one of the largest shopping events of the year. It kicks off tomorrow, June 21 at midnight, and runs through June 22. This year’s shopping event promises millions of deals and the year’s best offers on Ancestry Bird Dog’s growing list of genealogy products. For those who are unfamiliar, AmazonContinue reading “Amazon Prime Day, Save on Genealogy Products!”

Assumptions: Genealogy Kryptonite

My Aunt Betty, who was a life-long genealogist, shared some of the best research advice— never make assumptions. Not only did she follow the genealogy golden rule of being precise and verifying her sources, she taught me that making an assumption can wreak havoc with your genealogy research.  That single piece of advice has heldContinue reading “Assumptions: Genealogy Kryptonite”

Quakers: Their History, Beliefs and Meticulous Records

Quakers, the Religious Society of Friends Quakers are members of a group with Christian roots that began in England in the 1650s. The formal title of the movement is the Society of Friends or the Religious Society of Friends.  Their founder was George Fox (1624-1691) of Leicestershire, England. Fox never intended to form a denomination,Continue reading “Quakers: Their History, Beliefs and Meticulous Records”

Are You a Mayflower Descendant? You can find out.

According to The General Society of Mayflower Descendants, there may be as many as 35 million living descendants of the Mayflower worldwide. That includes 10 million living descendants in the United States or roughly 3 percent of the U.S. population.  About the Voyage 2020 marked the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower. TheContinue reading “Are You a Mayflower Descendant? You can find out.”

It’s Not Too Late: Watch May’s National Archives’ Presentations

If you didn’t get a chance to watch the National Archives’ Genealogy Series live in May, you don’t have to miss out! The YouTube video recordings and presentation materials are still available. Watch them at your convenience. May 4: Preserving and Digitizing Personal Photo Albums and Scrapbooks. Presenters were Sara Holmes, Conservator in Preservation ProgramsContinue reading “It’s Not Too Late: Watch May’s National Archives’ Presentations”

How to Access FamilySearch’s FREE Genealogy Libraries

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization, sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, that operates the flagship Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, as well as the Family History Centers and Affiliate Libraries across the globe.  FamilySearch and its predecessors haveContinue reading “How to Access FamilySearch’s FREE Genealogy Libraries”

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