by Gonzalo Alexis Luengo Orellana (with Sarah Chambers) My name is Gonzalo Luengo, and I would like to share my journey through the past 10 years of my family history work and how this work has transformed me. I would also like to share the role FamilySearch has played in the process. I do not […]
by Falande Swain On August 2, 2016, an amazing family history discovery happened just by chance. On that day, 72 educators were in attendance at the New Jersey Amistad Commission Summer Institute at Kean University. FamilySearch representative Thom Reed provided an overview of the Freedmen’s Bureau Project to these educators. As part of his presentation, […]
by Baerbel Johnson In our family history callings, we often have special spiritual experiences as we strive to identify our own ancestors and as we work with fellow Church members. These experiences help us and them feel the joy family history and temple work can bring into our lives. We find our efforts are guided […]
by Miryelle Resek For many of us, the thrill of researching our ancestors comes from learning about their stories. Glimpses of what their everyday life looked like, the challenges they overcame, and the hopes and dreams they worked toward add color to otherwise black and white memories.
by Legacy Tree Genealogists (@legacytree) From its beginnings in the early 2000s, genetic genealogy has come a long way. And the innovation in this burgeoning field is expanding at an ever-faster rate. Formerly, DNA testing was mostly used to answer targeted research questions, and the number of individuals participating was relatively small. However, this week, […]
by Amy Johnson Crow No two genealogy websites are exactly alike. FamilySearch.org doesn’t look like Ancestry.com, which doesn’t look like findmypast.com or MyHeritage.com. None of them look like the website of your favorite library or genealogy society. It can feel a little overwhelming to learn the ins and outs of each website. However, we can […]
By Cheri Peacock Hendricks The Brammer family of North Salt Lake City, Utah, are well acquainted with the joy that comes through sharing stories and family history. As part of his family’s focus, 15-year-old Mitch seized an opportunity recently to support the 2016 FamilySearch Worldwide Indexing Event held on July 15–17. He helped organize a […]
by Duncan Kuehn, professional genealogist Along with the census, newspaper obituaries are a key resource for genealogists. If you’re researching more recent members of your family tree, then GenealogyBank’s online Recent Obituaries collection (from 1977 to the present) may provide important facts and clues to fill in the details of your family tree.
This entry is part 3 of 3 in the seriesCemetery Crowdsourcing By Miryelle Resek In the past, cemeteries have been indexed a variety of ways: card catalogues, old books, and— if lucky—computer databases. Today, you can find your ancestors at a much faster pace.
by Thomas Jay Kemp, Director of Genealogy Products at GenealogyBank Over 40 years ago, I found multiple passport applications filed by my cousin George Kemp (1826–1893). In them he stated that he “emigrated to the United States on or about . . . 1834: sailing on board the Hector from Liverpool.”