by Amy Johnson Crow, CG If you’ve seen TV shows such as “Who Do You Think You Are,” you might have wondered about this whole genealogy thing and how you find your own ancestors. One way is to get famous and wait for someone to invite you onto that show. A more practical way is […]
September 16, 1810, is a special day in Mexican history. It was the day that the Mexican War of Independence began. Millions of Mexicans around the world celebrate each year on the night of September 15th. The celebration starts at 11:00 p.m. when the president of Mexico rings the bell at the National Palace in the “Zócalo,” or main square, in Mexico City. This begins the official ceremony of the “Grito de Dolores” (Cry of Independence). The president shouts names of the most important heroes of the Mexican War of Independence and ends by shouting “Viva México!” three times. After that, the president rings the bell again and waves the Mexican flag. A similar celebration occurs in cities and towns all over Mexico and in Mexican embassies and consulates worldwide on the 15th or the 16th of September. Full Story
For many people, tracing immigrant ancestors across the ocean to their old world origins feels a little like finding a needle in a haystack. Often, immigration records provide an important link, but locating those records can be a challenge of its own! Fortunately, a number of online resources can make your task easier. Here are a few to get you started. And best of all, they’re all free. Full Story
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 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 Jennifer Hansen, AG Some of the greatest helps in Scandinavian research are the linkage patterns. Although they may seem somewhat obvious, remembering these keys will simplify your research, especially when common names come into play. In this article, we will focus on patronymics, siblings, geography, property, chronology, and social status/occupation. We will rely on […]
This entry is part of 3 in the seriesCemetery CrowdsourcingBy Miryelle Resek Participating in cemetery crowdsourcing may seem overwhelming; there are millions of graves and only one you. However, with everyone taking part in a small way, a major work can be accomplished.