The Sweet (and Not So Sweet) Origins of the Honeymoon

There’s one wedding tradition that doesn’t seem like it should need much explanation: the honeymoon.  Unlike some of our other wedding traditions, which seem to happen because it feels like that’s the way it’s always been, the purpose of the honeymoon appears to make sense.  It gives the new couple some time alone together, away from the world.  That, more so than a wedding ceremony itself, seems like the perfect celebration of the start of a marriage. But just like the wedding dress, despite the fact that there seems to be an obvious explanation for the honeymoon, its origins are … Continue reading

New Traditions

One thing that really seemed to change when I got divorced were our family traditions. Suddenly, they seemed a little empty when it was just the two of us. It became almost easier just to forget about all of our old traditions rather than remind my daughter that her father wasn’t there to share them. For us, the first holidays that came up after the divorce were the summer ones, July 4th, and because we live in Utah, July 24th. Parades, barbeques and fireworks were something we did as a family. That first year we ate sandwiches and watched the … Continue reading

Maintain Family Traditions

Family traditions are important but many times when children hit their teenage years, they are sometimes stopped. I think there are two main reasons for this. One being that parents assume the teens are “too old” for those activities. Another reason being that our teens don’t act interested or they even come right out and say they aren’t interested, so we just go with it. First of all you can never be too old for family traditions. These are special activities that are unique to your family. They give teens a sense of security and our children need that no … Continue reading

Cindy’s List Has A Wealth of Resources

Genealogy requires a lot of research. It is possible to fill in part of your family tree by asking your relatives for information that they know about the births, deaths, and marriage dates of other family members. If you are lucky, and someone in your family has been working on genealogy, you can get a good amount of information from that person. However, in most cases, if you are going to continue doing research about your family tree, it is going to require access to other resources. Cindy’s List can offer a plethora of resources for you, all in one … Continue reading

Time Magazine Writes About Facebook and Adoption

Facebook can be a great way to keep in touch with living family members. But, what if your family isn’t ready to connect with you yet? Time Magazine recently did an article discussing the potential of using facebook to find one’s birth parents, or to find children who had been adopted by another family. If you have ever used facebook, you are already aware of how easy it is to find people you want to connect with. You can use their friend finder tool to locate people you went to high school with, former and current co-workers, and family members … Continue reading

Genealogy Resources on YouTube

YouTube is a great place to find videos that explain how to use a particular kind of genealogy software, or how to find genealogy resources, or that teach about genealogy in general. All the videos on YouTube are viewable right from your computer, and you do not need to join YouTube in order to watch these videos. YouTube is more than just a place to watch funny videos, or to check out the videos for popular songs. It is also a place where people share informative videos about how to do something, how to learn something, or information that is … Continue reading

Twitter Genealogy Resources for Outside the US

Twitter has more than genealogy resources that are relevant to the United States. You can also find genealogy related links to help extend your research into other countries. If working on your family tree has led you from somewhere in the United States to somewhere else in the world, these links might be useful in helping you learn about your ancestors. Here are some Twitter genealogy resources for outside the United States: @sandngenealogy is the Twitter name for S & N Genealogy. They are located in Chilmark, Wiltshire, in the UK. They tweet links to parish transcripts that have been … Continue reading

More Genealogy Resources on Twitter

Type the word “genealogy” into the “find people” search engine on Twitter, and you get around six pages of results to search through. Not all of them are actually relevant to genealogy, because there are no requirements that state that your Twitter name must match exactly what kind of information you tweet about. This means that you have to sort out the ones that are helpful from the ones that are not useful for you. Here are some more genealogy resources that you can find on Twitter: @geneateach is the Twitter name for a Genealogy Teacher from Chicago, Illinois. While … Continue reading

Genealogy Resources On Twitter

Twitter is a social networking tool that is used by people all across the world. Headlines were made when people in Iran tweeted about the protests that were going on in response to an election. Twitter has become more than just the website people visit to tell the world what they ate for lunch. It is a resource. Businesses use Twitter to get their name out there. Twitter has links to websites that would be helpful for people who are working on the genealogy of their family. Here are just a few of the genealogy websites that you can follow … Continue reading

Glossary of Genealogy Abbreviations

I sometimes look back at my previous posts for inspiration for new posts, or sometimes to see which topics may need a bit more elaboration. Today I want to create an extension from my genealogy glossary post from a few weeks ago. However, rather than providing you, my readers, with more genealogy terms, I want to help you understand the many genealogy abbreviations that are often used. General Genealogy Abbreviations abt. – about (sometimes also abbreviated as a. or ab.) ad. – adopted (sometimes adCL for adopted child, adD for adopted daughter, or adS for adopted son are also used) … Continue reading