Identify Photos of Your Ancestors

Photos of Your Ancestors There is something truly special about seeing old photographs of your own ancestors. It helps you connect with them as people in a way that few other things can. FamilySearch.org has started a campaign to raise awareness of the photos stored in the Memories section of the FamilySearch Family Tree. The

Researching the Woodleys of Appledore

John and Elizabeth Woodley I am excited to learn more about the Woodley family that I recently discovered using records from the GRO. (See this article for more information about the “GRO PDF Pilot“). I have dubbed this family the Woodleys of Appledore. Here are a few insights I have gained into this little family.

Cuckoo Clocks and Cicadas

Memories of my Grandparents’ House Until I was about 12 years old, my mother’s parents lived in Phoenix, Arizona. In fact they lived in a small house at 3612 E. Palm Lane where they lived for over three decades. It was probably less than 800 square feet, but I have big memories of the place.

Scan Old Photos with PhotoScan

Introducing Photoscan Not long ago I was introduced to a great little app called PhotoScan by Google. I have found it to be very useful, so I want to share it with my readers. PhotoScan was introduced in November 2016. The app is free and allows you to use your Apple or Android mobile device to capture

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

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

Do You Have Mayflower Ancestors?

The First Thanksgiving With Thanksgiving nearly upon us it seems appropriate to remember the Pilgrims who were among the first to come to America in search of religious freedom. Although theirs was not the first harvest celebration or “day of thanksgiving” in America, the struggles and triumphs of the early colonists embody the American ideals.

E. Robert Jarman – WWII Veteran

Honoring My Grandfather, Bob Jarman For Veterans Day I want to give a tribute to my maternal grandfather, Eugene Robert “Bob” Jarman. I had the privilege of visiting him in his home in Phoenix, Arizona during my early years. Then, when I was 11 years old, they moved just around the corner from our home

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

Family History Mystery: In Search of Ella’s Father

I have a family history mystery in my family tree. Chances are you have some of your own. This mystery involves my Great-Great-Grandmother, Ella Belle Bunch. Although she passed away 20 years before I was born, I regret that many people living today had the chance to ask a few questions and resolve the mystery.

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