Start Your Engines

By Sue Neikirk We all have to start somewhere and often many find it rather frightening about how, and who, to begin. When I started my own climb up the family tree 40+ years ago. I was on my own in the search and there was very little on how to start the climb, but... Continue Reading →

Five Tips for Visiting Cemeteries this Fall

Five Tips for Visiting Cemeteries this Fall by Jen Rickards Image Source: Hillside Cemetery, Silverton, Colorado Fall is my absolute favorite season. The changing of the leaves, the cooler temps, the smell of fireplaces, and burning leaves all just bring a smile to my face. This is also a perfect time to visit cemeteries. I... Continue Reading →

Tracing outside your direct line

How I proved my connection to the Helfrich Family by Jen Rickards of Auntie Jen's Family Trees Originally published on Auntie Jen's Family Trees. Visit the original post. There has been a lot of talk amongst genealogists about researching people that are not in your direct line. Some feel it is not necessary. Well I... Continue Reading →

Finding Catherine: Part 2

By Nancy Gilbride Casey Last week, in Part 1, Nancy had a lead on her ancestor Catherine Gilbride. This week we hear what she learned. Please note a correction has been made to Part 1: "Since writing this article in December, my cousin Tom discovered that there had been a Hyde Park Catholic Cemetery in Scranton, as... Continue Reading →

Finding Catherine: Part 1

By Nancy Gilbride Casey Updated with corrections 1/12/2018 Every family has a few stubborn genealogical brick walls which seem insurmountable. Months and years of research may come and go with no resolution. In our family’s case, my cousin Tom and I were picking up where our Aunt Margaret had left off years ago–back in the... Continue Reading →

Spotlight Stories: Thanksgiving

In this column we ask our members to share brief stories related to a specific topic each week. Since American's celebrated Thanksgiving on November 23rd this year we have gathered a selection of Thanksgiving memories from readers. Next Week: Would you like to contribute to the next issue? Send a picture and up to 250 words... Continue Reading →

Once Upon A Time

Once upon a time is not the the beginning of a child's story of dragon's, castles, and love won and lost. For a genealogist it is a daily history of dusty papers and glazed eyes as we stare at the glowing eye of a computer.  We stumble among the stones of an often overgrown graveyard... Continue Reading →

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