If you are searching for ancestors who served in the British Military Forces, you may want to check out Forces War Records; a new genealogy site that looks to be one of the best-organized search sites of its kind on the net.
Forces War Records has over four million records for British Armed Forces personnel.
However, what makes this site special for family tree researchers is its search system. The records are cross-matched with bases, and regiments Continue reading “Forces War Records” »
However, when it comes to politics and the genealogies of politicians it seems the stakes of knowing your line of decent are a little higher.
Political Family Trees and the Media
The spin that is put on the importance of a politician’s family tree sometimes defies Continue reading “Politics and Genealogy” »
June is jam packed with great webinars for family tree enthusiasts. Whether you are a beginning genealogist or seasoned professional, you are going to love this month’s line up of webinars across the net.
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Genealogists have long used cemeteries as a source for finding ancestors in their family trees. Burial grounds are a repository of the history of people, they record lives lived and commemorate deaths.
They are frequently filled with beautiful statuary, touching memorials and every so often …humorous remembrances.
When doing a graveyard search, humor is not likely the first thing most genealogists and family historians have on their minds; the graveyard is a solemn place. However, if Continue reading “The Grave Humor of Genealogy” »
Genealogists and Family Historians are coming up with some wonderfully creative ways to document and share family trees. From video documentary to fine art pieces, the ways we are honoring our ancestors is becoming more and more creative.
Video Documentary Family Tree
Documenting your family tree can become a visual auditory experience with the help of a company called Reel Tributes.
The inspiration for the company came with the passing of founder David Adelman’s Grandmother Eunice. Wanting to express her Continue reading “Preserving Family History: The Creative Family Tree” »
Records of our ancestor’s deaths can reveal vital clues that help with tracing the family tree. Genealogists have long recognized the importance of the information held in these records such as names, dates and places.
However quite often, family historians want more than the dry facts. We want to get to know our ancestors through the paper trails they have left behind. Even more importantly, we sometimes want to learn more about a family history of disease.
Pirates, Outlaws and Ne’er do wells; it would be uncommon to research any family tree without finding at least one skeleton in the closet.
Ancestors with a criminal record can range from unfortunate debtors who paid a price for being poor to thieves and pickpockets or even those executed for murder. Although none of us wants to find we descended from a cold-blooded killer, having a rogue in the family tree does add a little excitement.
Throughout history there Continue reading “Black Sheep Ancestors” »
Family name, lineage, bloodline, pedigree, family tree and genealogy are all words that resound with a wish to be remembered and a desire to honor our forebears.
Our desire to celebrate our ancestors has possibly been around as long as we have and so have genealogy quotes, proverbs and sayings.
From the “begats” of the Christian bible that trace the lineage of Jesus, to the significance of “Word Fame” to the Vikings. The importance placed on our family Continue reading “Genealogy Quotes: In the Words of our Ancestors” »
Have you ever wondered why genealogy and family history research is so popular? What is it that drives people to spend so much of their money and time pursuing their ancestral past?
On a personal level it may start with a question of self-identity “Who am I?” or a need to know where we belong “Where do I come from?”
In 1964 psychologist H. J. Sants, coined the term “Genealogical Bewilderment” in describing identity issues in adoptees, Continue reading “Why Learn Genealogy?” »
Today’s language is quite different from the daily language of our ancestors. Some words and their meanings have all but disappeared from the modern lexicon.
For the Genealogy Beginner this can make reading old documents confusing if not outright frustrating.
Archaic Genealogical References
Recently I was assisting a novice genealogist in transcribing a document from the 1600s that they had been working on for some time. A huge part of the problem they were facing stemmed from an Continue reading “The Language of Genealogy: Understanding Old Documents” »