By Rob Morgan The death certificate for one of my great-great-grandfathers says he died at age 85 from diabetes. The 1880 newspaper account of another great-great-grandfather reveals that he also died from diabetes at age 70. In five generations of my family, diabetes, stroke, and heart disease are strongly pronounced.
By Jill R. Decker Estonia! Really? After much encouragement, my husband, an extremely visual learner, recently used the Grandma’s Pie app and learned that he has ancestry from Estonia. Grandma’s Pie was developed in BYU’s Family History Technology Lab and is free with a FamilySearch account. Users can access the app through a FamilySearch account […]
This entry is part 1 of 3 in the seriesCemetery CrowdsourcingBy Miryelle Resek Finding an excuse to stroll quietly through cemeteries, observing the final resting place of people once vibrant with life, and enjoying the silence of dew drops drying off of memorial stones just got easier.
It’s likely that we’ve all turned to Google at some point in our genealogical research. After all, simply typing in our search topic, hitting “Enter,” and hoping for the best is one of easiest ways to be led to heaps of helpful (and sometimes not-so-helpful) sources. But there’s a better way to use Google for family history research says Lisa Louise Cooke, host of The Genealogy Gems Podcast. Full Story
“But Mom, when are you going to write your life story?” On several occasions, my youngest son has goaded me to record my own stories. “We really don’t know them—you really don’t talk about yourself much.” It is true. I have relished recording lifetime memories of older family members and hospice patients I have worked with, but I have never taken a serious stab at writing my own stories. For one thing, condensing all the years of my life into something meaningful as well as interesting is quite overwhelming (and therefore too easy to procrastinate)! Full Story
Italian Americans have a wonderful legacy. I should know; I am one! There is so much to connect with—the food, the history, the culture, the food— But, many Italian Americans know little about their heritage beyond the little they have heard from a relative about the “Old Country.” Full Story
Today, farming is not the staple in most of our local cultures as in times past. And most of us may not have any family memories or personal experience with farm life. Yet, farmers have impacted all of us. I’m not talking about the consumable products we buy from the local marketplace, although that is an obvious given. I’m talking about education, politics, and even our currency system. Full Story
Introducing the New and Noteworthy section of the App Gallery. Each week, you’ll find a review of a new application that we are excited to share with you. This week, I want to give a little perspective on how applications are useful in addition to the resources already available on FamilySearch.org. All 134 (and counting) family history applications in the App Gallery are intended as a complement to the FamilySearch experience. Full Story