Lisa Parry Arnold has a rich Quaker heritage. A tenth generation descendant of Quakers, Arnold was a birthright Friend of the same Westfield Friends Meeting in Cinnaminson, New Jersey, that her family had attended since 1816. She attended a Quaker boarding school and married at a Quaker meeting. Full Story
On the morning of February 11, 1861, the president-elect and future commander-in-chief, Abraham Lincoln, left Springfield for his journey to Washington DC. States in the South had already begun to secede from the Union, and the possibility of war loomed large on the horizon. Lincoln had captained a company of local militia during the Black Hawk Indian War, and now he would lead a nation. Full Story
Presented by Paul Milner Genealogy Vital records can be difficult to find, but the parish registers of England are excellent resources providing information on baptisms, marriages, and burials. They have remarkably good coverage because by law, everyone except Quakers and Jews was required to be married in the Church of England regardless of religious affiliation.
If your family tree extends back for several generations in the US, chances are good that you have at least one ancestor who fought in the military. With the growing collection of online databases, learning about your military ancestors has never been easier. Military records can do much more than shed light on the details of your ancestor’s military service. They might provide insights into their lives or help you fill in family relationships. Full Story
Learning about your family can help you understand your past and form more meaningful connections with family members now. But did you know that gathering information about your family can also provide important medical information? Unlike conversations about birth dates and family memories, this type of research requires conversations about health issues and medical conditions. With this type of information, the finished product is a family health history instead of a family group sheet or written family history. Full Story
by Dorothy Horan Most children, ages 4–5, in the United States attend free public schools beginning with preschool or kindergarten. While newer school records are not available to the public, some older public records created by schools are beginning to become available to researchers. Records kept by teachers may be found at historical societies or […]
Do you have a Revolutionary War veteran in your family tree? If so, a great way to discover his story is by finding his obituary in a collection of old newspapers. I recently found this obituary of Revolutionary War veteran Nathaniel Hayford, who died in 1851 at the age of 96. Full Story
I have talked to many researchers tracing their families who are plodding right along, finding their ancestors in United States records with reasonable success, extending their family trees back generation by generation. Then something happens that brings them to a screeching halt—they reach a German immigrant ancestor. Many people seem to believe that once you come across a German in your family, it’s time to throw in the towel and switch to a different family line. German research is just too hard. Right? Full Story
So your ancestors are from Britain? What do you do now? While having British ancestors is fairly common, finding them and adding them to your family tree can be a bit more difficult.
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, […]