RootsTech Connect 2021 – A Global Success!

Were you one of the 1 million individuals who participated in RootsTech Connect 2021? What an incredible event, and the best part, it is on-going, with classes and keynotes available to watch for a year. Plenty of time to watch the many (many!) classes you have on your Playlist! I'm still coming down for a … Continue reading RootsTech Connect 2021 – A Global Success!

South African Passenger Lists Online

Immigrant Family. Image: https://library.artstor.org/public/SS34445_34445_4465940 One of the most common questions I get is from people looking for passenger lists to South Africa. Unfortunately, there is not one big database we can search for that information. Passengers lists for those going to South Africa do exist but they are not complete, most are not indexed, and … Continue reading South African Passenger Lists Online

Ready, Set, Go! RootsTech Connect 2021!

We are about a week out from the launch of RootsTech Connect 2021. Yesterday, I had a chance to meet with the other ambassadors and RootsTech staff to get a sneak peek of the website. I am so impressed and excited! So here's your sneak peek of all things RootsTech Connect 2021! First of all … Continue reading Ready, Set, Go! RootsTech Connect 2021!

Alleged Bigamy at Sunderland

A recent DNA match caught my eye. It was a very good match on a line that I haven't been able to extend past my second great grandfather, John Bruce (born in Edinburgh, Scotland about 1843 but lived most of his life in Tunstall, Co. Durham, England). I immediately sent an e-mail to this DNA … Continue reading Alleged Bigamy at Sunderland

RootsTech Connect 2021!

It's February which means RootsTech! This year RootsTech has gone virtual and is also completely free. From the comfort of your home, anywhere in the world, you can enjoy hundreds of inspirational classes from speakers around the globe, and inspiring messages from celebrity keynote speakers. There will be a virtual marketplace where you can see … Continue reading RootsTech Connect 2021!

Using MyHeritage’s New Color Restoration Tool

Last week I attended the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and one of the lunch time sessions was with MyHeritage's Daniel Horowitz. Daniel introduced MyHeritage's new color restoration tool so I had to give it a go. So what is Color Restoration? From MyHeritage: Unlike colorization, which simulates colors of black and white photos, the … Continue reading Using MyHeritage’s New Color Restoration Tool

Locating farm land in South Africa

In the 1880s my great grandfather, John Gill Keown, left the Isle of Man for South Africa. He worked as a carpenter for the De Beers Mining Company in Kimberly. A little later in his life, he bought land in the Northern Cape and named his farm, Frisco Pokwani. That farm name was key to … Continue reading Locating farm land in South Africa

RootsTech Connect 2021

You've probably seen the excited chatter on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram this morning. RootsTech 2021 will be known as RootsTech Connect 2021 and will be 100% virtual and 100% FREE! All you need to do is register and be ready to take in all that is RootsTech! What I am most excited about is the … Continue reading RootsTech Connect 2021

Exciting RootsTech 2021 announcement coming tomorrow, 1 September!

The RootsTech team will be stopping by the FamilySearch page on Facebook with a very exciting announcement! I wanted to give my readers a heads up because you don't want to miss it! Head over to Facebook (FamilySearch page) on Tuesday, September 1 at 4 p.m. MDT! Image by GraphicMama-team from Pixabay

The 21-Day Family Connections Experiment: Update

It's Day 8 of the Family Connections Experiment and I thought I'd share an update of some of the interest-sparking photographs and conversations I've been able to have with family members over the last 8 days. The very first photograph I shared was this one of my husband's great grandmother, Ella Lucille McMahon Zimmerman. I … Continue reading The 21-Day Family Connections Experiment: Update