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 […]
I’ve always believed, with a certain perverse pride, that I come from plain folks, neither rich nor famous. I’ve confirmed it. To my knowledge, I am not a direct descendent of anyone famous; however, James Madison, signer of the U.S. Constitution and fourth president of the United States, is my second cousin, six generations removed. I am also second cousin 11 to 13 times removed from several members of the Mayflower Company, but none of them are direct ancestors. Henry VIII of England is my 14th great uncle, and his daughter Mary is my third cousin, 12 times removed. I am related to no famous Europeans and only distantly related to any famous Americans past or present. Full Story
Each month, FamilySearch publishes a list of new changes and updates to the FamilySearch.org website. This list includes changes to Family Tree as well as other parts of FamilySearch.org. In some cases, these changes will also be published as individual articles where the need to do so exists. Full Story
I wondered for years why or how my father was not drafted or involved in World War II until 1944, when he was 24 years old. Father’s Day was coming up, and it inspired me to finally to do the research that might provide the answer. My father had passed away by then, so with the help of my son and daughter; a 94-year-old aunt; the National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records; and long-forgotten family letters, records, news article, and pictures, I now know the story. Full Story
By 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.
I will never forget that day—it was 1999, and I was sitting at a table enjoying a meal with my young children. A newly released song began to play in the background of the restaurant, “When a single mom . . .” and tears and memories began to flow. Full Story
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 Jay Sparks Indexing is a great way to fuel family history discoveries. Hosting an indexing event in your area can create a fun and collaborative atmosphere where lots of indexing can be done in a short time, allowing more individuals to find family names. With the Worldwide Indexing Event coming on July 15–17, you […]