It’s Thanksgiving weekend here in the US and that traditionally means lots of time with family. While our dinner tables this year will look quite different for many of us (thanks, COVID-19), it doesn’t mean we have to forego learning more about our family history. An old-school phone call or even a Zoom interview are … Continue reading Five Family History Questions to Ask Your Relatives This Holiday Season
During my nearly twenty years of digging through census records and birth certificates, one common brick wall tends to be a female ancestor. It can be challenging to find the maiden name or any identifying information for a mother, wife or any other “pink leaf” in the tree. For a number of reasons, women have … Continue reading Finding those elusive “pink leaves” (female ancestors) in your family tree
I know, I know. What’s more thrilling than watching paint dry? Talking about census records, duh! But stay with me, because there’s a lot of fascinating history behind the census. I promise! As you prepare to celebrate the upcoming 2020 census by partying like it’s 1790, here are ten things you may not have known about … Continue reading Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Census Records
From Bing Crosby (Harry) and Bono (Paul) to A-Rod (Alex) and Tiger Woods (Eldrick), nicknames are certainly not a modern invention. And yet I was still really confused when I stumbled upon a recent record of my great great grandfather Wilfred where he was identified by his nickname, Wicky. I had assumed the nickname he … Continue reading What’s in a (Nick) Name? Using Nicknames in Genealogical Research
It’s 2020, ya’ll, and you’ve likely heard a lot about the upcoming census, slated for this April. It got me thinking that, while it’s one of the most common historical records for new researchers to search for and interact with, many people may not be familiar with the history of census-taking (#trendingtopic #sarcasm) and all … Continue reading What Exactly *is* the Census and How Do I use it?
R E S E A R C H. Do the memories of book reports and science projects trigger immediate heart palpitations and sweaty palms? Do you have flashbacks to awkward oral presentations and late-night diorama panic? You’re not alone and I feel your pain. I mean, it’s 2020: can’t we just click a button and … Continue reading Seven Steps for Getting Started with Family History + Genealogy