The Skill of Online Searching

Technology is a great blessing in our lives and an even bigger blessing in the lives of those researching their ancestors. With internet and search engines right at our finger tips there is no limit to the amount of information we can find within the walls of our own homes. But as with any blessing there are also a number of frustrations that can come along with it. [Continue reading...]

5 Secrets To Reading A Census

Have you ever felt intimidated by just looking at a census? Well don’t worry because I’m about to make it a whole lot easier for you. A census is a document that counts the population and collects information like a person’s name, age, race, sex, marital status, and so much more. Generally censuses are done every ten years, so you can imagine how a person’s life can change in that amount of time. [Continue reading...]

What’s In A Name?

Have you ever really thought about how important your family name is? A family name is your surname or last name and comes from your father. Your family name can link you to people for good or bad whether you like it or not. What comes to mind when you hear the names Hitler, Bundy, or Manson? We immediately associate these particular names with infamous people in history. Sadly for their families, they were linked forever to these men because they shared the same family name. [Continue reading...]

Understanding Vital Records

Every person born in the United States in the last 100 or so years will most likely have some type of vital record. These records include birth and death certificates, and marriage licenses.  While vital records are considered public records, which can be searched for by anyone, only the persons’ named can order the originals except in the case of death or the individual is a minor. There is also an exception in the case of a family member doing genealogy research. [Continue reading...]