The Worst Genealogy Blog of the Year

Many genealogists take time out of their research to work on their very own, personal, genealogy blog. While some of these blogs are entertaining, informative, and inspirational, others are a chore to try and read. Here are some tips to keep your blog from being deemed “the worst genealogy blog of the year”. Anyone can make a blog. There are several websites that will let you sign up and instantly start creating a blog about whatever topic you like for free. This is both good and bad. It allows every genealogist who desires to make a family history blog the … Continue reading

Why Your Ancestors Looked So Serious

Take a close look at the oldest family photos that you have. Or, walk into an antique store and browse through some really old photos. Why aren’t these people smiling? There are some really good reasons why they looked so serious in photos. Today, you can take your family to JC Penney, or Sears, or a number of other places, and have a family portrait taken. The photographer is going to encourage your family members to smile. You will probably be instructed to “Say cheese!” It is difficult to say the word “cheese” without smiling. It takes a second (or … Continue reading

Death Records, Hawkeye Ancestors, and Real Time Research

Don’t have the time to travel to a genealogy workshop? You could attend a genealogy webinar, or watch a video of a genealogy class, instead. Some of them will require you to get online at a specific time, while others will work around your schedule. Ancestry.com LIVE has two genealogy webinars that will be happening this week. The first one is called “Searching for Death Records”. It will take place on October 16, 2012. This webinar starts at 1:00 in the afternoon and ends at 2:00 in the afternoon EDT. You need to RSVP if you want to attend. MyHeritage … Continue reading

What Did Our Ancestors Eat?

We would like to think that we have evolved considerably since our earliest ancestors roamed the earth. However, as different as we are from those ancestors that lived so long ago there is some debate about whether our bodies have adapted to the foods that are available to us in modern society or whether we would fare better if we ate a diet that more closely resembled that of our early ancestors. Proponents of the Paleolithic Diet (commonly referred to as the Paleo Diet) believe that our bodies have not yet adapted to modern foods and can not utilize them … Continue reading

Where Were Your Ancestors In 1940?

There are always interesting things to be found on the Ancestry.com blog. Today’s find is a really neat collection of infographics. An infographic is just what the name implies, a pictorial representation of information. The set of infographics that I found on the Ancestry.com blog includes one for each state in the United States, with pictures that show what was going on there around the time that the 1940 census was taken. The infographic which is pictured with this blog post depicts the state of Massachusetts, where I was born. Apparently, there was a lot going on there in 1940, … Continue reading

FamilySearch Has a Free Guide to London Ancestors

There has been a lot of news about the 2012 Olympic games that are taking place in London, England. Has this inspired you to want to learn more about your ancestors who once lived in London? FamilySearch can help you with your research. They have put together a free guide to London Ancestors. FamilySearch is a very popular, free to use, genealogy website. It is a service provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. FamilySearch uses many volunteers to help with “behind the scenes” aspects of making additions to the records that are available through their website. … Continue reading

Did Your Ancestors Work for the Royal Family?

It has been said that many genealogists decide to work on their family trees because they want to find out if they are related to someone from a royal family. The UK version of the FindMyPast website now has records of the people who were employed by the British royal family. It isn’t the same as discovering that you are related to a King or Queen, but could still provide you with some interesting stories from your family history. There are a lot of fascinating things that can be found if you take the time to look closely at the … Continue reading

Your Ancestors Tweeted Before Twitter Was Cool

Although your ancestors did not post status updates on Facebook or tweet about their adventures on Twitter, snippets of their social lives may nonetheless have been preserved for posterity. I thought about this the other day as I was reading the local newspaper. You see, I live in Randolph, Vermont. Our local newspaper, the Randolph Herald, has retained the charm of a local small town newspaper. In the paper, there are sections that talk about the events and people that were the “talk of the town” in each of the several towns in our area. Events that happened are listed … Continue reading

Not All Blonds Share a Common Ancestor

Up until now, it was believed that blond hair developed in people who were of European ancestry, and was brought to the Solomon Islands after Europeans traveled over and had offspring with the people who lived there. A new study, however, finds that blond hair developed independently in two different parts of the world. Not all blonds share a common ancestor after all. It is rather amazing how much genealogy related information can be learned from taking a close look at at a person’s DNA. Genealogists use it to learn about relatives and ancestors that they did not know about. … Continue reading

Focus on Female Ancestors

Mother’s Day is next week. What does that mean for your genealogy research? It means that now is a great time to focus on learning more about your female ancestors. Two fun projects include researching maiden names and interviewing your mother or grandmother. Maiden names can lead you to new branches on your family tree. After all, every woman comes from a family of her own. When a woman marries, her family tree connects to that of her husband and adds a new dimension to the ancestry of both families. Where can you find the maiden name of a female … Continue reading