FamilySearch Has a Video Contest

Were you able to use the information in the 1940 United States Census to find your ancestors? Now is your chance to express your gratitude to the indexers who helped make that possible. FamilySearch is having a video contest. Five people will win a $25.00 Visa gift card. FamilySearch is the popular genealogy website that is run by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Thousands of volunteers helped index the names that were in the 1940 United States Census data so that those names would be searchable online. This huge task is now complete, thanks to the … Continue reading

Preserving Depression Era Memories

It is interesting how everything old becomes new again and things that were done years ago often become popular again because of something in the present moment that causes us to pause and think, “Wait a minute, this has happened before. What did people do last time?” With the economy still at a low point, I have noticed that there is a lot of interest in what people did during the Great Depression to make ends meet. Many families have at least one family member who lived during the Great Depression and these people have valuable stories to tell. The … Continue reading

Who are the Lost Birds?

If you have Native American ancestors, there is a chance that you may have a hard time locating information about one or more of your relatives. People in your family may refer to these mysterious folks as “Lost Birds” and they may be unable to provide you with any information about them because they have had as difficult of a time locating that information as you have. The story of the Lost Birds is a tragic one. During the 1940’s and 1950’s, the Child Welfare Association and the Bureau of Indian Affairs got together and began a program of removing … Continue reading

More Funny Epitaphs

While it is still cold and snowy here in the Northeastern United States, spring is just around the corner. For many genealogists, nice weather expands the possibilities for genealogical research because you can take your research outside as you search cemeteries for the graves of your ancestors. While I have visited the graves of some of my ancestors, I have not seen any headstones that are out of the ordinary. Although death itself is not funny, sometimes the inscription on a person’s headstone is. A humorous epitaph is a good way to let the memory of the deceased’s wit live … Continue reading

What Does Genetic Consultation Cost?

Genetic genealogy might be the crossroads where family history and medical biology meet. Your genealogy research may have led you to discover several ancestors who all had the same disorder or condition. To learn if you carry those same genes, you might consider getting a genetic consultation. Before you can do that, however, it would be a good idea to find out what it would cost to have that done. There are several different kinds of genetic disorders that can be potentially be passed down from one family member to that person’s offspring. It is entirely possible for a person … Continue reading

Would You Like to “Meet” Your Ancestors?

Genealogy research isn’t always easy, or straightforward. Sometimes, you hit a dead end, and cannot find any information at all about a particular ancestor, which can be frustrating. Or, if you have found out a lot about a particular ancestor, you might have questions for her about some of the choices she made in her life. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could somehow meet that elusive ancestor, and ask your questions directly to her? Well, the Intellitar company is working on making that situation possible for your descendants. You might think of your genealogy research as a way of … Continue reading

Author Interview — Julie Coulter Bellon, Part Two

Thank you for joining us for part two of our exclusive interview with LDS author Julie Coulter Bellon. For those of you who may have missed yesterday’s installment, click here. Julie, what is your favorite thing about being an author? I get to write down all the stories I have going on in my head and share them with others. I love that. I love writing stories that are set in places overseas, places that I’ve visited and have fond memories of. I also love writing about my native country because there’s such a complex relationship between Canada and the … Continue reading