Veteran’s Day – Recording Their Stories

Today I had the wonderful opportunity to walk in a local Veteran's Day parade with the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Days like today are wonderful times to reflect and think about the service of our loved ones both today and in previous generations. Before the parade I spoke with a woman whose husband had… Continue reading Veteran’s Day – Recording Their Stories

War of 1812 Pensions Online

Pension files can be great genealogy resources.  They record where a veteran served and possibly include information about their spouse, children, and people who served with them.  The Preserve the Pensions group has worked to digitize War of 1812 pensions.  As of today, 65% of the pensions are online for free at Fold3.  According to… Continue reading War of 1812 Pensions Online

Understanding Ages in the U.S. Census

Many of us in the U. S. use the Federal census records as one of the backbones of our research.  They are great resources.  From 1850 forward, every person is named (except for slaves) and their age given, in addition to other details.  We need to be a little cautious with the information in censuses,… Continue reading Understanding Ages in the U.S. Census

BCG Presentations 6 Oct 2017

BCG has announced the lineup of this year's day of presentations, to be held 6 October 2017. 9:00 a.m. - "Sweden's Multiple Naming Systems and How They Changed in the 1800s." Martha Garrett, CG 10:15 a.m. - "Past Conflict Repatriation: The Role of Genealogists and Methodology in Fulfilling Our Nation’s Promise." Jeanne Bloom, CG 11:30… Continue reading BCG Presentations 6 Oct 2017

Season Four of “Finding Your Roots” Starts 3 October 2017

I love watching Finding Your Roots, hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  Each episode is a great combination of genealogy and general history.  A new season has been announced!  According to the official show website on PBS, guests this season will include: Aziz Ansari, Scarlett Johansson, Larry David, Garrison Keillor, Amy Schumer, Ted Danson, William H.… Continue reading Season Four of “Finding Your Roots” Starts 3 October 2017

Citation is an Art; Multiple Formats Can All be Valid

In genealogy, citing your sources is vital.  But sometimes it feels like there are so many different types of citation formats to memorize, from vital records to online sources to samplers.  It can feel discouraging to try to format a citation on your own, and then discover that Elizabeth Shown Mills did it a different… Continue reading Citation is an Art; Multiple Formats Can All be Valid

Registration Open for Free Southern California Jamboree Streaming Sessions

Registration is now open to view live streaming sessions of the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree conference June 9-11.  Registration is free, sponsored by Ancestry.  Register on the website here.  Register to see the sessions live and then on-demand until July 10. Right before the conference is a day of DNA lectures on June 8th.  You… Continue reading Registration Open for Free Southern California Jamboree Streaming Sessions