RootsFinder – a New Online Family Tree

RootsFinder.com One of the semi-finalists at the RootsTech Innovator Showdown this year was RootsFinder, a new online family tree site. As I was busy with my own booth I didn’t get to inquire about this new service at the time. So last week I signed up for a free account and started playing with it.

RootsTech 2017 Wrap-Up

RootsTech 2017 RootsTech 2017 is in the books and I can hardly wait for next year! 30,000 people attended the largest genealogical conference in the world in Salt Lake City, Utah between Feb. 8 and Feb. 11. Many who were unable to attend in person followed along using a variety of official and unofficial methods. For

Setting the Preferred Portrait in FamilySearch

Photos in FamilySearch. A picture is worth a thousand words. And this is definitely true when trying to feel connected to your ancestors! Adding photos to FamilySearch is a wonderful way to enrich your family history, make new discoveries, and interest younger members of your family.  4.7 million photographs were added to FamilySearch in 2016

Missing Branches in FamilySearch Family Tree

FamilySearch for Beginners. FamilySearch.org has the largest collection of genealogical data in the world. It is also home to the FamilySearch Family Tree. The Family Tree is a wiki-style tree where you can add and edit your own family history information. By adding your information you become connected to the human family. According to the

Bite-size Genealogy: 7 Suggestions

Bite-size Genealogy Many people I talk to are interested in their family history, but they feel like they don’t have the time to do it. This article is dedicated to all my readers that also fall in to this category. Actually, my readers should probably share this article with their friends and family that share

Research Tips: Jurisdiction Boundary Changes

Button, Button, Who’s Got the Button? “Button, button” is an old children’s game in which players arrange themselves in a tight circle and attempt to pass a button or other small object surreptitiously behind their backs from one person to another. The person in the middle tries to detect the passing in order to guess

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

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,