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
We love Christmastime—gathering with family and friends, sharing gifts, good food, and happy celebrations. Do you know when those customs began in your family? Such traditions bind us to our heritage and will be passed on for generations to come. They give us continuity—a sense of identity and belonging. Your traditions may include the ways you celebrate the birth of Christ or a dish that came from the old country. No matter the culture, the Christmas spirit seems to come from traditions that help us celebrate joy, love, and goodwill to mankind. Full Story
When Diane Laytham went to RootsTech earlier this year, she noticed promotional material for myFamily History Youth Camp to be held at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, July 25–29, 2016. Her mother, Roberta Allen Allred, an avid family genealogist, had left Diane the family history trust fund established by Roberta’s father, Elijah Allen. Diane […]
So you’ve hit a brick wall in your genealogy research? Perhaps you feel like you’ve searched every record and uncovered every document, and there’s still a missing link. Maybe that missing 1890 census is throwing a wrench in your research. Whatever the case may be, brick walls can leave each of us with feelings of frustration and confusion. Full Story
It might be exciting to find your great-grandmother in FamilySearch Family Tree. But what about finding her four times—each record with a little different information?
A broadcast to celebrate the completion of the Freedmen’s Bureau project will be held at the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Tuesday, December 6, at 9:00 a.m. eastern standard time. The broadcast will be streamed live at DiscoverFreedmen.org. Elder D. Todd Christofferson will present Lonnie Bunch, founding director of the museum, a memento symbolizing the efforts of more than 25,000 volunteers who indexed nearly 1.8 million records that are now searchable online at FamilySearch.org. Full Story