Category : Family Tree

Family Tree / Family Tree - 2 months 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 months 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 months 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 - 2 months 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 - 2 months 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...

Family Tree / Family Tree - 2 months ago

Relative Madness: We Have Our Winner!

& & & Thank you to everyone who has voted in our Relative Madness contest! The winner of our 2018 Relative Madness is Digging Deeper. Download your free copy of this E-book PDF now! Digging Deeper Ancestors are hard to find before 1...

Family Tree / Family Tree - 3 months ago

3 Tips for Building Your DNA Analysis Toolbox

DNA: Your Genealogy Power Tool Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard about DNA testing and how it can open new doors in your research. Working with those results sounds complicated, especially if biology was never your favorite subject...