Category Archives: Family Tree
About Me and The Genealogy Insider
Hello, my name is Donna Wakenight, and I would like to tell you a little about myself and my website. I was born in the ’60’s to an English mother and American father. There are eight children in all, and we lived in the rural, farming area of western Illinois. In 1999, after the death of my father, my mother wanted to move to a warmer climate. We had taken a vacation to Las Vegas a few years prior, and she loved the drier weather. We found a small town […]
Brick Walls in Your Ancestry Search
I have been building my Wakenight family tree on Ancestry.com, for years now. It is my father’s side of the family, and I have gotten as far back as my great-great-great-great-grandfather, Daniel Wakenight. Then I hit the proverbial “brick wall.” From the US Census Records, I knew he lived in the Boonsboro, Maryland area until the 1840’s, when he moved his family to Hagerstown. On the 1850 census, he stated that he was born in 1792 in Maryland, but I could find no birth or christening record on Ancestry.com. I […]
Can a Single Parent Build a Family Tree?
Most family tree websites use the terms “husband” and “wife” when entering information. In the past society viewed the family unit as two married individuals with children. Today’s modern society has allowed unmarried individuals to have children without persecuting them. These men and women have children “out of wedlock.” They may stay together or separate and find new mates. Can you create your family tree from such a situation? Yes, you can! Genealogy is the study of both the paternal and maternal sides of the family. If you excluded the […]
Correcting My Family Tree Mistakes
I have been an Ancestry.com member since 2008 and enjoy building my family trees on their website. They have a vast amount of records that you can search and are adding to their collections each month. One of the perks of being a member is having the ability to communicate with other family tree owners. They have a Members Connect area that shows you similar trees that may contain your relative. Clicking the “connect” button will notify the owner that you have a common ancestor and gives you the ability […]
Finding Your Ancestor on the England Census Records
Have you ever “lost” an ancestor while searching the England census records? There are many reasons that you can lose the trail of an ancestor: They moved to another area or immigrated to another country. They changed their names to elude creditors. They did not trust the government or the census takers. A sudden and unexpected death. The census records were faded and unreadable. The census records were not transcribed. The names were misspelled. The ages were incorrect. The census records were destroyed or missing. One reason for this disappearance […]
How Big is Your Family Tree?
Did you know the longest maintained family tree belonged to Confucius? It is now in its 83rd generation and has over 3 million descendants. In 2008, Roy Blackmore claimed to have the biggest family tree. He lives in Taunton, Somerset, England. He has compiled 9,390 relatives over 30 years of research. His tree extends back 37 generations to around 500 AD. He did all his research without the privilege of the internet. Manfred Huchthausen and Uwe Lange claim to have the “longest proven family tree” in the world. In 2008, […]
How to Find Your Elusive Ancestor
While building your family tree, sometimes you hit the proverbial “brick wall.” You can be tracking your ancestor through census records and vital records when suddenly the person seems to disappear! I have had that happen many times and found several different solutions to this problem. I use Ancestry.com to build my family trees because they have a vast amount of records available to search. However, there are times when even Ancestry.com cannot supply an answer. The following are examples of why you could lose your ancestor’s trail: Lack of […]
How to Make Genealogy Come to Life!
As I was searching my family tree the other day, I thought to myself, “Boy, these people don’t seem very interesting.” I had been on my computer for about 6 hours, making steady headway down the ranks of relatives. I found the birth, marriage, and death records. I found census returns, military reports, and newspaper articles. Even though I had all these documents, it did not seem to make my ancestors “feel real” to me. I needed more than name, rank and serial number! I wanted to know how they […]
Immigrants Make America Great
The first people to migrate to North America crossed the Bering Straits around 20,000 years ago. That is what the scientists and history books tell us. Through these first immigrants evolved the Inuit and Native American cultures. In the 1600’s we had people from England, Europe, and Spain settle our lands. In that time, we also had slaves brought from Africa and the Caribbean Islands. In 1790, the first census revealed that there were 3.9 million people counted. The English made up the largest ethnic group. Other nationalities included the […]
Starting My First Family Tree
I became interested in my family heritage at an early age, around ten years old. Way before the internet generation! My mother had told me that she was born in England and that my father was American with a little Indian in his blood. That statement got me wondering about my grandparents and great-grandparents. I knew very little about them, much less where they had been born or lived. In my later years, I always remembered what she had told me. By the time the internet came around, I had […]