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Celebrating Mother’s Day In Your Family Tree
Most countries observe Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May. It is a day to celebrate mothers and motherhood. Called Mother’s Day in the United States, Mothering Day in England, Virgin Mary Day in Catholic countries, and International Women’s Day in Russia, it is a day to honor your mother and pay her respect. In genealogy, many researchers follow the father’s lineage. The reason for this choice is that it is much easier to trace the male ancestors than the female ancestors. When women married, they took on their […]
Genealogy Day, Celebrating Family History
Have you heard about Genealogy Day? This year it will be on Saturday, March 10, 2018. It was initially created in 2013 by Christ Church United Presbyterian and Methodist Church, in Limerick, Ireland, to help celebrate the church’s 200th anniversary. On that day, vital records brought to Christ Church from local churches, parishes, the Society of Friends (Quakers) and the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) were made available to the public. The church had volunteers on hand to help people search through these records and to aid them in […]
Newspaper Articles and Your Family History
My first experience with adding a newspaper article to my family tree was on Ancestry.com. I was researching my great-great-great-granduncle, Daniel Scott Wakenight (1851 to 1930). Daniel was in the newspaper business. He started out buying a newsstand in 1877. He later became a reporter and moved to Pittsburgh to report on the conditions of the oilfields in Pennsylvania. The articles I found on Ancestry were not ones that Daniel had written, but they did mention his name. He went by D. S. instead of Daniel Scott. In 1885, The […]
Creating Your Family Tree on Ancestry.com
With the advent of the internet, creating a family tree has become one of the most popular pastimes in recent years. If you are a working parent, retired, or just have some extra time on the weekends, Ancestry.com makes it easy to build your family tree. I started my first family tree in 2008. I had checked out several different websites, like MyHeritage.com and FamilySearch.com, before deciding Ancestry was the best site for me. Ancestry.com requires a paid membership, but so do all the other genealogy sites that give you […]
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, […]
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 […]
What Secrets Are in Your Family Tree?
Most families have their dark, little “secrets.” Those scandals that they want to keep hidden from themselves and the rest of the world. Did an ancestor make his fortune from slave labor, did one go AWOL in the war or was there one accused of killing a man? The list of family “secrets” goes on and on. Many genealogists find the same “secrets” while searching their family trees. Should you publish this information to the family tree or not? Does the world need to know this unsavory detail in your […]
Ancestry and Genealogy
In the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word ancestry means “line of descent.” While the word genealogy means “the study of a line of descent.” In other words, you as the genealogist would be using genealogy to study your ancestry. Merriam-Webster.com is a free website with both a dictionary and thesaurus. It gives examples, as shown below, of the words used in sentences, to better understand them. Merriam includes three examples of using the word ancestry: They claim to be of noble ancestry. A person of unknown ancestry She claims to be […]
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 […]
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 […]