By Rebecca Stevens

Family / Blog Posts - 1 week ago

How Did the Wrong Family Info Get There?

You may think you have everything correct as far as names, places, and dates for all the individuals on your family tree, including the extended families … but there could be some wrong information there or every individual who does not belong to your family tree. So how does that happen? First, d...

Family / Blog Posts - 1 week ago

MyHeritage Improved their One-To-Many Chromosome Browser

MyHeritage has implemented improvements to their recently released One-to-Many Chromosome Browser. These changes were made because users requested them. Three new additions make it easier to use the Chromosome Browser pages and provide additional information about your DNA Matches. The first impro...

Family / Blog Posts - 1 week ago

Access to New York City Vital Records Could be Restricted

Share this: The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) wants to bring awareness to an amendment that could restrict your access to New York City vital records. They ask that genealogists sign a petition and register an official comment online about the amendment. The NYG&...

Family / Blog Posts - 1 week ago

Archives for Photos

You might not have thought you could find photos of family members in a state’s, or county’s archives but it is possible. First, see what archives for a state, region or county are available. Whenever visiting any size archive (this includes Museums), always ask about their Photograph Collection....

Family / Blog Posts - 1 week ago

Collections of Church Records at Ancestry.com

Share this: Ancestry.com frequently updates their existing record collections. The best way to find what’s new is to check out the Recently Added and Updated Collections on Ancestry page. Ancestry recently updated and added church record collections. Evangelical Records – new collectionsThe reco...

Family / Blog Posts - 1 week ago

Ancestor NOT on a Census – Why?

We all have at least one ancestor who we believe was alive but we can not find them on a specific census year record. There can be reasons a relative was not counted on a certain census year. Here are a few of the ideas. Many people were out of town and missed the count – especially traveling for...

Family / Blog Posts - 1 week ago

23andMe Adds FHI Carrier Status Report

23andMe announced that they have added a new Carrier Status report on a serious, but rare, condition that can lead to excessive insulin production. The condition is called familial hyperinsulinism. 23AndMe users can now discover if they are a carrier of the gene that causes this rare condition. Fa...

Family / Blog Posts - 2 weeks ago

Locating Obituaries for Female Relatives

Because of maiden names, and what could be numerous married names, it can be difficult to locate an obituary on a female relative. The following are some suggestions to help in the search. A common practice in more recent years is for families to place a free obituary write-up with the funeral hom...

Family / Blog Posts - 2 weeks ago

A Brief History of Civil Rights Laws in the United States

Share this: The civil rights movement in the United States was a struggle for social justice that took place during the 1950s and 1960s. The goal was equality for black people. Here is a brief history of Civil Rights laws in the United States. 1868 – The 14th Amendment granted citizenship to all...

Family / Blog Posts - 2 weeks ago

List of Pastors and Ministers

What a great resource, a listing and information of pastors and ministers in the United States over the decades. With presently a listing online of 92,104 individuals, there are many to investigate. Not all pastors and ministers listed but quite a few for sure. The listing starts in letter order b...

by Rebecca Stevens - 2 weeks ago

Search for Maiden Aunt Dora Leads to New Discovery

For years I tried to identify every single person in the dozens of photos taken at the 1946 wedding of my parents, Harold Burk (1909-1978) and Daisy Schwartz (1919-1981).However, one tall and elegant lady wasn't familiar. She appeared in all the photos of my father's Mahler family, but neither I n...

by Rebecca Stevens - 2 weeks ago

Doing the "Write" Thing for Family History

In my first post about writing family history, I suggested picking one ancestor/surname, one occasion, or one photo as the focus for writing something.When possible, try to turn any family history writing project into a family-wide activity. Use materials from your genealogy collection to get relati...

by Rebecca Stevens - 2 weeks ago

Born on March 31: Charles Francis Elton Wood

March 31, 1891 was the birthdate of my husband's 1st cousin, 1x removed: Charles Francis Elton Wood (1891-1951). Charles's birthdate is on both of his wartime draft records and on his death cert. The son of a painter, Charles was a farmer originally. Then he went to work as a baker for the Jersey...

by Rebecca Stevens - 3 weeks ago

History Gets Personal in Family History

Everyone's family history is influenced by (and can influence) the course of history. That's what makes history so personal in our family's history.I'm struck by this again and again as I transcribe letters written by Farkas cousins to the family tree association during WWII. These cousins were in...