Once again it’s the last day of the year. Time to look back and reflect on the past year before looking ahead the the next. Disappointed in my 2015 writing performance here on this blog, I made a goal to increase the number of posts I’d write for 2016. I did not set a specific […]
In my previous article, I focused on the home of the German immigrant. In this post, I’m going to focus on the German farm and farm life.
The Lancaster County (Pennsylvania) Archives has a great list of indices to their records. Have you checked it out lately?
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.