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Family Tree / Family Tree - 6 days ago

Remembering Genealogy Research Before the Internet

“When you have finished your work in the Registry of Wills, go to the office of the Recorder of Deeds, and follow the same mode of work as to making your indexes and copying the records.… Besides work at County offices … one should visit the State Capital, and consult general records of the S...

Family Tree / Family Tree - 1 week ago

Identifying a Fur-Clad Family Member

Two weeks ago I deciphered the clues in a mystery wedding. Sandy Eichelberger submitted it. She thought it depicted members of her mother’s family. It’s a three-part challenge. This week, it’s a photo that is a relief from the sweltering summer heat. It’s a woman in a winter coat standing in a winte...

Family Tree / Family Tree - 1 week ago

Three Myths About Your Immigrant Ancestors

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, ggbain 09120 America’s great era of immigration ended less than 100 years ago. For the vast majority of US residents, our ancestors came from other countries to find work, freely practice their religion, join family and friends already here, and e...

Family Tree / Family Tree - 1 week ago

5 Tips for Tracing Your Early American Ancestors

What better way to celebrate July 4th than by tracing your early American ancestors? We have plenty of tips and resources to ease your way, below. There’s plenty more to learn in our Trace Your Early American Ancestors workshop, starting July 9th! Overcome Two Big Hurdles Researching your earl...

Family Tree / Family Tree - 1 week ago

Our Ancestors’ Fourth of July Celebrations

& How did your ancestral town celebrate the Fourth of July? In this image by John Lewis Krimmel, the citizens of Philadelphia honor the day in 1819. Researching Fourth of July celebrations in historical newspapers published in your ancestral hometowns can tell you how your family marked the oc...

Family Tree / Family Tree - 1 week ago

How to Search Military Records on FamilySearch.org

Military records—such as service records, pensions, and draft registration cards (see above)—can provide valuable information about your ancestors and their military service. Fold3 is the undisputed US military records champion, but what’s the key to finding military records on the free Famil...

Family Tree / Family Tree - 2 weeks ago

Photos of the Revolutionary War Generation

Did you know that’s it’s possible to own a picture of a member of the Revolutionary War generation?  That’s right.  Not the Civil War, but the War of Independence.   It’s true.  I know. For 18 years I’ve worked on a personal project to locate images of folks who lived during the American Revolution...

Family Tree / Family Tree - 2 weeks ago

Maximizing Your Historical Newspapers Searches

Ulysses S. Grant Reading Newspaper on Porch (Photo by Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images) & There’s a mantra when it comes historical newspapers: If you haven’t found your ancestors in them, it probably means you haven’t looked at enough of them. Between dailies in metropolitan are...

Family Tree / Family Tree - 2 weeks ago

Ancestry.com News: Family Group Sheets Have Returned

If you’ve missed having access to Family Group Sheets on Ancestry.com, rejoice! This beloved view of parents and children in a family tree has returned. We’ve got the details. What are Family Group Sheets? A Family Group Sheet is a view of parents and children in a family. The easy-to-r...

Family Tree / Family Tree - 2 weeks ago

Counting the Clues in a Wedding Photo

Sandy Eichelberger answered our call for unidentified images by sending in three photos. One of them is a group wedding portrait. You may be thinking, an unidentified wedding portrait is unusual. Unfortunately it’s not. I often see abandoned wedding images in antique stores and yard sales. One time...

Family Tree / Family Tree - 3 weeks ago

Follow the Leader: My Welsh Ancestors’ Immigration

One of my favorite all-time quotes is by John Donne: “No man is an island.” Nowhere is that more true than when researching my Welsh ancestors. (John Donne was of Welsh descent himself on his father’s side, so perhaps he spoke from experience.) However overused the saying is, it’s a fact that cluste...