Military Records – Find Your Veterans

Our Veterans – Never Forget In the United States we will celebrate Veterans Day (formerly known as Armistice Day) this week. It is only fitting, therefore, that we talk about military records. I love military records because they help paint a mental portrait of the person. For example, draft registration cards often list the build,

Newspapers in Family History Research

Newspapers in Family History Research

Extra! Extra! Newspapers in Family History Research Contain Hidden Gems! Referencing newspapers in family history research can be very rewarding. Unfortunately, we don’t often think of newspapers as a source when doing family history. You probably know that obituaries can contain a treasure trove of family information, but did you know newspaper articles can also

We’re Related Mobile App

Are You Related to Someone Famous? Last week, the genealogy giant, Ancestry.com, released a new mobile app called “We’re Related.” The We’re Related mobile app is categorized as “Entertainment,” and is more of a novelty than a serious research tool. The We’re Related mobile app product description reads: Find fame and friendships in your family. We’re

Locating Burial Sites of Your Ancestors

Headstones and Burial Sites Locating burial sites of your ancestors can be very rewarding. Many people feel a personal connection when standing in front of an ancestor’s headstone. Headstones can reveal information about your ancestor. The headstone itself, or its proximity to other headstones, can also contain clues to other family relationships. In the past,

The Family Nexus Mobile App

The Family Nexus Mobile App

It’s Coming! I am pleased to formally announce that The Family Nexus Mobile App is under development! A beta version should be available sometime in December. Following our beta testing period it will be available for free download from the Apple store! And don’t worry – an Android version will be developed as well! If

Mapping Ancestral Residences

Family History Discoveries: Mapping Ancestral Residences

Columbus Day Today we celebrate Columbus Day. We honor this explorer who had a dream and set out to find a faster, shorter route to India. We honor him as the Discoverer of this “New World” for Europeans. Never mind that the Welsh claim that Maddoc was here almost 300 years earlier. Never mind that the

Ancestral Travel Planning

7 Tips For Planning an Unforgettable Trip to Ancestral Homelands

I asked Carole from Encore Journeys to share some tips about planning an unforgettable trip to ancestral homelands with your family. Encore Journeys specializes in European travel and has helped many people “go back to their roots” using their ancestral travel planning services. She provides 7 really great ideas! Create an Unforgettable Family Reunion with Your Past You’ve

Putting Your Ancestors in Their Place

Putting Your Ancestors in Their Place

The following article was written by Guest Blogger, Diana Elder, from the wonderful blog, Family Locket. It was originally published on March 9, 2016. I asked Diana for permission to republish it here. This article provides some great advice for researching ancestral locations. Pinpointing the places where your ancestors lived can help enrich your understanding

Understanding the Past Through LDS Church History Tours

LDS Church History Tours

Heritage Tourism and LDS Church History Tours In addition to genealogy tourism, a similar travel niche is becoming increasingly popular. It is known as heritage tourism. LDS Church history tours  are part of this specialty tourism segment. According to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, heritage tourism involves “traveling to experience the places, artifacts and activities that

Traveling to Ancestral Homelands: Destination Belgium

Traveling to Ancestral Homelands Nothing compares to the experience of visiting ancestral homelands. Whether to a small town in Pennsylvania or a village in the British Isles, the trip will change you forever. Standing in the places in which your ancestors lived, breathing the same air, seeing the views they awoke to every day, connects

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