You're probably wondering what I'm getting at with a title like this. Your attention. If you're reading this then it worked. 😀 Get Unlimited Talk, Text, & Data w/ 10GB 4G LTE for only $39.99/mo I want to encourage you to add stories, photographs, anything you can to make your loved ones real to the… Continue reading Bringing Your Ancestors Back to Life
You may be wondering what you can learn about a bunch of people who died long ago. A lot! I joined Ancestry.com because it is easier to find and verify information. I have a notebook that I'm planning to fill with what I have found so far, eventually. For now I'm enjoying putting it online.… Continue reading Learn Your Family History
Today I want to talk about ways you can connect with your ancestors. For me this is a fun topic because you are continuing a legacy from a long time ago. Or maybe not so long ago. It depends on how far back you were able to trace your ancestry. This also gives you something… Continue reading Ways to Connect With Your Ancestors
I have always been a huge fan of Lucille Ball. I grew up watching reruns of I Love Lucy and The Lucy show. My biological maternal grandfather's family is from Jamestown, N.Y. (her hometown) so I was secretly hoping that there was a connection there, but there wasn't one. Imagine my surprise when I discovered… Continue reading Genealogy meets home design
This question is asked a lot on Facebook by adoptees and nonadoptees for different reasons. The simple answer is whoever YOU feel belongs there as long as it's historically accurate. If you have no interest in putting your biological family on there, there's no reason you should. You can focus on the family you know… Continue reading Who Do I Put In My Tree?
I'm sure that you are wondering what I'm talking about. Genealogy, of course! If you can, add true stories about your ancestors. Some of my favorite ancestors have come alive thanks to other family members adding interesting tidbits to the profile. Newspaper clippings are also great, but written memories are so much more personal and… Continue reading The Story is Everything
While you are researching your family you are likely to find some disturbing things. It could be something like a great, great uncle you never knew about, a few family members passed from cancer you weren't aware of, or a nasty accident. It may be something more disturbing, like a crime committed. If you do… Continue reading Be Prepared
So, where do you start on your family tree? With yourself, of course. Then your parents. In order to do that you need to know who they are. You may be able to go to the courthouse in the county where you were born and get your records. Some states even let you do… Continue reading Getting Started