What’s the U.S. Census Doing on That Birth Certificate?

By Nancy Gilbride Casey Do you have a document titled "Notification of Birth Registration" on a form headed by the United State of America, Department of Commerce, Division of Census? Was your ancestor born between 1924 and late 1940s? If so, then you may have an interesting document generated by the U.S. Census bureau to... Continue Reading →

Wherein I Endlessly (and Shamelessly) Praise Public Libraries

By Melissa Lowrey Fugiel This post was originally published on Melissa's blog, About Those Ancestors. See the original post here: https://aboutthoseancestors.wordpress.com/2015/03/03/wherein-i-endlessly-and-shamelessly-praise-public-libraries/ I recently blogged about my trials and travails regarding one Joseph H. Taylor, Esq. I’m only bringing it up again because I want to talk about our absolutely wonderful public libraries and what an amazing resource... Continue Reading →

Spotlight Stories: Brickwalls

In this column we ask our members to share brief stories related to a specific topic each week. For this issue we asked our readers to share their brickwall ancestors. Next Issue: What's in a name? What is the most interesting or unusual name you have found in your family tree? Maybe you have a name... Continue Reading →

Spotlight Stories: Love

In this column we ask our members to share brief stories related to a specific topic each week. For this issue we asked for stories of love and romance among their ancestors. Next Issue: Brickwalls are always frustrating! Give us a quick overview of your most difficult brickwall ancestor in 250 words or less. This... Continue Reading →

Query Success in Genealogy Facebook Groups

By Ellen Anderson This post was originally published on Ellen's blog, Andersonology, on November 17, 2017. View the original post here: https://ellen2321.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/query-success-in-genealogy-facebook-groups/  As a member of many genealogy Facebook groups and an admin in one (shoutout to GAA), I have seen a lot of questions on my newsfeed. Unfortunately, many people never get their questions answered,... Continue Reading →

The Libby Prison Mystery

By Sue Neikirk This article was originally published on the Starke County Historical Society website. You can see it here. I do love a good mystery and found that I was on the trail of one which included war, starvation, murder and disappearance of an entire four-storied wood and brick building. My husband Frank and... Continue Reading →

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