I have a love/hate relationship with social media. I’m grateful to see what’s going on with family and friends, but I could do without public posts, personal rants, and self-serving selfies. This is why I am excited that Family.me, a new app that has partnered with FamilySearch, has created a private social network specifically for families. While it is not a messaging center, you can connect with your family’s photos and get to know living relatives and your ancestors at the same time. Full Story
What other genealogical resources are available beyond what FamilySearch has to offer? Find more resources here that may help you in your search.
By Kathryn Grant When you start a new indexing batch, the project instructions immediately open on the screen. And there’s a good reason for this! These instructions just might be one of the most helpful resources for new indexers—and all other indexers, for that matter.
by Katy Barnes Immigration, always a hot topic in the United States, has been a common part of the historical and political discourse since the founding of the nation, largely because immigrants make up such an enormous part of our history and heritage as Americans.
by Diahan Southard Lately, it seems to be very difficult to have any discussion on family history without mentioning three little letters: D-N-A. While family history enthusiasts and serious genealogists are flocking to testing companies like AncestryDNA to help them further their family history efforts, there are plenty of other individuals being tested who have […]
Photos and videos are an important part of family histories. More than just preserving names and dates like documents do, they offer more complete views of our ancestors’ lives and personalities. But making photos and videos a meaningful part of our family stories takes effort. If left in dusty boxes in the basement, photos are sure to be forgotten, thrown out, or destroyed. In order to really be part of our family’s stories, photos must be preserved, organized, and labeled. Full Story
You can do almost anything on your phone now: schedule appointments, pay bills, map driving routes, take photos and videos—and yes, even do genealogy! The giants of online genealogy have had mobile apps to go along with their websites for a few years, and now others are joining the fun. These great apps make doing genealogy quicker than ever, and they are geared toward people of all levels. So even if you’re just sticking your toe in the genealogy pool for the first time, there’s something for you. In fact, here are three apps you can try right now—no matter what your family history experience is (or isn’t): Full Story
by Diahan Southard DNA gave you the gift of your mother’s eyes or your father’s hair, your grandmother’s freckles or your grandfather’s nose. It’s fun and sometimes easy to see strong family traits connect the generations. While these family attributes help you identify with the relatives you know personally or through photographs, the results of […]
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