Names, dates, and places, as difficult as they can sometimes be to find, only tell a small fraction of the story of our German immigrant ancestors. The larger story is written in understanding their daily lives.
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 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.
So, Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night fun challenge was to create a color-coded ancestral birthplace chart. This chart has been popping up all over the genea-blogosphere in recent days and it seemed like a fun idea. I decided to play along, too. The majority of my ancestors were born and lived in Pennsylvania from their arrival in the […]
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.
The birth of race-based slavery in America from an excerpt of Peter Wood’s Strange New Land: Africans in Colonial America.
At this time of year, it’s become a tradition to look back at the highlights from the previous year. You see this a lot with television news programs… and online with blogs. Take a gander at my 2015 and my plans for 2016.
There’s things afoot behind the scenes here. I’ve been working on a new design for sometime and finally got the time to work on coding it. That’s finally done. I’ve been putting the theme through it’s paces, testing it, and I’m happy to say it’s nearly finished. So, keep an eye out. This site is […]
Last week a highway construction worker in a small Pennsylvania town made a grim discovery with links to a deadly pandemic that killed millions around the globe nearly a century ago… According to the Pottsville Republican-Herald, approximately 17,000 residents in the region around Schuylkill Haven fell ill. Close to 1,500 of them died, leaving as many […]