I recently decided to have my DNA tested at Ancestry. Since you really can’t get anything worthwhile out of it without being able to match family trees with your match, I decided to go ahead build a tree at Ancestry. Here’s my experience.
I’ve been using the Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985 to locate records for my ancestors. I keep running into the same error in the index for some of these records—specifically the early baptismal records for Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, also known as the Warwick Congregation in the 18th century. Here’s an […]
I went looking to rent some films from FamilySearch for some research I’m doing. I discovered that images from the very films I need are available online! Each of those camera icons indicate that that particular microfilm is available for online viewing. Although the images aren’t indexed, they’re no more difficult to use than the microfilm […]
I’ve written before about the importance of citing your sources. But when you’re writing a blog post creating footnotes can be a bit of a problem. If you’re posting to a self-hosted WordPress blog, however, there is a simple solution.
Have you ever wondered what is included in an intestate probate record? Part Five of Vita Brevis’ probate record series starts their coverage of intestate records.
I’ve been reading communion lists and calculating dates recently. Here are some of the days I saw that I had to look up. Easter (calendar) Quasimodo Sunday (aka “St. Thomas Sunday”): 1st Sunday after Easter Misericordia Sunday: 4th Sunday of Easter Cantate Sunday: 4th Sunday after Easter Rogate Sunday: 5th Sunday after Easter Pentecost (aka […]
Looking for some of the sources used in Our Daily Bread, German Village Life, 1500-1850, I found the Reviews in History website. While books reviews may not be an ideal source, I was able to pick up several nuggets of information from those I found.
Timelines are a great way to gain perspective and understanding of the historical period in which your ancestor lived. GenealogyBank has posted a wonderful graphic showing early American colonial events on an infographic entitled “Settling America.” Their blog post also lists newspapers in their Early American Newspaper collection, including newspapers from the late 17th and […]
A recent post on Vita Brevis explains the benefits of adding city directories to your go-to research sources.
Was your ancestor too poor to trace them in historical records? Quick Tips over at Evidence Explained offers some insight and suggestions for searching for that elusive, not-too-wealthy ancestor.