Connecting With Cousins

Growing up I felt a little gypped in the world of cousins. Don’t get me wrong, I love the four that I have. But, with my dad being an only child and only one of my moms siblings having kids… there it is… four cousins… all boys. Most of us probably have great memories of visiting our cousins at family reunions or spending time with them during the holidays. But sometimes we seem to discount our connection to those who aren’t our first cousins. [Continue reading]

Play Well With Others

Most parents teach their children from a very young age to share. Share their toys… share their snacks… share… share… share. Even though little children have a hard time grasping why they should share they are still capable of doing it. Sometimes they even do it kicking and screaming with crocodile tears streaming down their faces. When it comes to genealogy, sharing is not only necessary but a vital part of the whole process.
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Things We Don’t Speak Of

Have you ever noticed that past generations didn’t talk about the things we speak so openly about today? Things like illegitimacy, divorce, mental health, substance abuse or even loss of a loved one were all just somehow brushed under the rug and silenced. I have found that even when our ancestors get to their golden years they would still rather take it all to their grave. Even those who are still living and knew of some sort of “family scandal” feel like they don’t want to speak ill of the dead so they won’t talk about it either. [Continue reading...]

Not Your Grandma’s Genealogy

I don’t know about you…but the genealogy I remember seeing my grandma do is a heck of a lot different than how we do genealogy today. Handwritten or typed pedigree charts and family group sheets are a thing of the past. With genealogy practices dramatically changing over the past 10 to 15 years there has been a huge increase in researching family history. Lets take a closer look at just how much things have changed. [Continue reading...]

Genealogy…So What!

When I hear the word genealogy the first thing that comes to mind is my grandma. She was so in to genealogy, and I never understood why. What’s the big deal? And why are so many people getting into genealogy these days? The peak of interest in researching our ancestors is largely in part because of the website Ancestry.com. [Continue reading...]