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

Charlotte Lillie Davis, Nurse, H.S. ‘Brittanic’

Is most reliable in her work and an extremely kind and capable nurse. The U.K. National Archives has opened up some of its digital content for free while we are all at home. I decided to do a little searching and hit pay dirt with a full military file for my 3rd great aunt, Charlotte … Continue reading Charlotte Lillie Davis, Nurse, H.S. ‘Brittanic’

Day 1 of the 21 Day Connections Experiment

I spent some time putting together my own 21-day plan for this experiment. If you're interested in learning more about what I and a whole lot of other fun folks are doing for the next 21 days, you can read more here. I LOVE all the different plans on the website but I wanted to … Continue reading Day 1 of the 21 Day Connections Experiment

The 21-day Family Connections Experiment

Has social distancing got you feeling the blues? Motivation non-existent, with a general sense of malaise? I think we're all feeling a little anxious and a little disconnected right now. And that's ok! We don't have to be discovering new skills or writing the great American novel, however, there is a way to perhaps lift … Continue reading The 21-day Family Connections Experiment

The 7 Day Indexing Challenge

I'm excited to be joining in on this fun challenge! It starts tomorrow and will go until May 2, 2020. All you have to do is index a batch a day (or more if you like!) and hop on social media and tell us all which collection you ended up indexing using the hashtag #ABatchADay … Continue reading The 7 Day Indexing Challenge

Solve Your Genealogy Brick Wall

Lately, I seem to read about someone's genealogical "brick wall" on every post I read on various genealogy sites. Are these truly all brick walls? I don't think so. A brick wall to me means a problem that you have been working on for a long time with little success. I've seen posts where people … Continue reading Solve Your Genealogy Brick Wall

We have a winner! RootsTech 2020 Free Pass Giveaway

  Congratulations to Julie Wood who won my free 4-day RootsTech pass giveaway, and thank you to everyone who entered. There are still plenty of contests running so if you didn't win here, head over to Conference Keeper and enter. At last count, there were 31 giveaways running!