Category : Family Tree

Family Tree / Family Tree - 1 day ago

German Genealogy Book List

German genealogists can be hard to shop for during the holiday season. After all, you can’t wrap an archive or cemetery (yet!). But never fear! We’ve put together this German genealogy book list for the Deutsche researchers in your family. Research...

Family Tree / Family Tree - 5 days ago

A Mystery in a Framed Wedding Certificate

Peggy Mabb knows who’s in this framed wedding certificate. They are her paternal grandparents – Charles and Laura (Farley) Brooks from Atchison County, Missouri. The date on this one appeared to have been changed, so she recently went to the c...

Family Tree / Family Tree - 1 week ago

13 Ways to Get Lucky on FamilySearch.org

Congrats! You’ve survived another treacherous Friday the 13th. While you’re dodging black cats and walking around ladders this weekend, curl up with one of the 13 amazing genealogy books on sale this weekend. One of them, the Unofficial Guide...

Family Tree / Family Tree - 1 week ago

10 Weird Taxes Our Ancestors Paid

Hats From 1784 to 1811, Britain levied a tax on men’s hats. It was intended to tax the wealthy more than poorer folk. The former presumably owned more, fancier hats. Hat retailers had to buy a license, and each hat had to have a revenue stamp glued...

Family Tree / Family Tree - 1 week ago

The Mystery of a Grand Master Mason

Sharon Kilpatrick has a big mystery. She was told that this photo was her 2x great grandfather, Ze’ev Voolf, born in 1841 in Central Europe. She knows he immigrates to England circa 1864, marries there, and the couple arrives in the U.S. in 18...

Family Tree / Family Tree - 2 weeks ago

A History of Charcoal Portraits

This week I’ll feature a question from a reader: “Show Your Roots” in Tree Talk (Jan./Feb. 2018) featured a family heirloom collection which showed a large charcoal portrait of Peter B. Olson. When was it popular to have charcoal portrai...

Family Tree / Family Tree - 2 weeks ago

6 April Fool’s Day Pranks From History

Tales of April Fool’s Day origins vary. Some say the tradition of playing pranks began about 1562 in France. Pope Gregory introduced the Gregorian Calendar, with the year starting on Jan 1 instead of April 1, but some hadn’t heard of or...

Family Tree / Family Tree - 3 weeks ago

My 3 Spring Virtual Conference Goals

Over here at Family Tree, we’re all pretty excited for next month’s Spring Virtual Conference. And while I’m looking forward to meeting other researchers and talking genealogy, I’m also counting down the days for selfish reasons—I’ve got research qu...

Family Tree / Family Tree - 3 weeks ago

A Locomotive Mystery: Part III

O.k. I can’t avoid it any longer. That big locomotive in the photo is the reason for the picture. On the side of the engine is a letter number combination. NEW-11-18-25. If that last number is a year then we have a likely date for the image. Everyon...