The wealth of records on FamilySearch is constantly growing—sometimes so quickly that even experienced researchers aren’t aware of everything that’s available. There’s no way one article could cover all of FamilySearch’s record collections. Instead, I’ve chosen to highlight a few of the most exciting collections: some are newly released and growing collections, and some are tried and true collections. (If you didn’t know record collections could be exciting, that’s because you haven’t tried these yet!) Full Story
Relationships can be complicated. Everyone knows that. There are many songs, movies, and plays out there detailing the tangles and twists of relationships, each with their own dose of dramatic flair. And despite what anyone might say about life being simpler in the good old days, complicated relationships are nothing new—as demonstrated by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, which was originally published in 1597 and is still the standard for complicated relationships. Full Story
by Kenyatta D. Berry, JD, Genealogy Roadshow (PBS) How did you get started in genealogy? What is the most interesting thing you have discovered about your ancestors? These are the top two questions I receive from fans of Genealogy Roadshow. I got my start in genealogy while in law school. Unlike most professional genealogists who […]
Since February is Black History Month, it’s a great time to look at some of the resources available to trace African-American ancestors—and, if you have African-American ancestors, it’s a great time to get started finding them! Particularly as you work through the Civil War and into earlier periods, locating African-American roots can be challenging. The good news is there are some fabulous resources that are becoming more accessible all the time. Full Story
By Katy Barnes If you’ve entered your family names into a genealogy database like FamilySearch.org or Ancestry.com and didn’t find the answer you were seeking, don’t give up hope! Did you know there are millions of pages of digitized records online at FamilySearch.org that don’t show up when you conduct a general search?
If you’re new to Scandinavian and Germanic family history research, you might be puzzled by the dates used for christenings, confirmations, marriages, and burials in your ancestors’ lives. The challenge isn’t only in reading those dates but also in interpreting them correctly. Full Story
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