8 Things to Consider When Planning a Family History Trip

Are you thinking of visiting the place where your ancestors lived? Are you wanting to find the house they lived in, or another piece of history that they contributed to? Here are 8 things to consider when planning your family history trip: 1. Prepare. You will benefit from your trip so much more if you prepareContinue reading “8 Things to Consider When Planning a Family History Trip”

6 Tricks and Resources Professional Genealogists Use for Their Research

Sometimes it seems like the leap from a hobbyist to a professional genealogist is too big. First there is getting a degree, and then possibly a credential, and then working as a professional. However, just by knowing a few tricks and resources, you can easily become an intermediate or advanced genealogist! 1. Get offline. This isContinue reading “6 Tricks and Resources Professional Genealogists Use for Their Research”

4 Things You Need to Know about Immigration Records

Let’s face it… Unless you are full-blood Native American, you have ancestors who immigrated to the U.S. at some point. Here are 4 things you need to know before you start searching for them. 1. Ellis Island is not the only place to look for immigration records. In fact, they only have records from 1892-1924. More peopleContinue reading “4 Things You Need to Know about Immigration Records”

5 Things You Can Learn from Your Ancestor’s Photograph

A picture is worth 1,000 words, right? When studying the photographs of your ancestors, you can actually learn a lot more about them than it might seem at first. 1. In family pictures, you might be able to identify which child was the focus of the picture by how the children were dressed, and where they wereContinue reading “5 Things You Can Learn from Your Ancestor’s Photograph”