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

Win a complementary 4-day pass to RootsTech 2020!

It's hard to believe but RootsTech 2020 will be here in just over 3 months! And it's a big year ... the TENTH anniversary! Will you be joining me there to celebrate The Story of YOU? I love this theme for 2020. By learning about our ancestors, by telling their story, we tell the story … Continue reading Win a complementary 4-day pass to RootsTech 2020!

Finding Harry

Harry Joshua Davis was a seemingly complicated man. I never knew him, but the records he left often describe a man with many complexities. Living family members knew little of him, except rumors and hushed opinions as to where he had ended up. His birth in Lancashire, England in 1879, was innocuous enough. The oldest … Continue reading Finding Harry

RootsTech London 2019 is coming!

Where will you be on October 24? Hopefully in London, enjoying the experience that is RootsTech! There is nothing like it. It's the best of all worlds...informative classes presented by experienced genealogists, an Exhibition hall featuring over 100 stands devoted to everything genealogy, and world-famous keynote speakers who will bring their passion for family history … Continue reading RootsTech London 2019 is coming!

RootsTech 2019 Recap

It's hard to believe that RootsTech 2019 was 3 weeks ago! I came back from an absolutely wonderful week to a pretty big assignment for the ProGen course I'm taking and have been working on that all month. It's finally submitted now and time to do a short recap of what was a busy, fun, … Continue reading RootsTech 2019 Recap

Can’t attend RootsTech in person? The Virtual Pass may be the perfect solution

RootsTech is truly listening to its fans and finding options for those who aren't able to make it to the conference in person. This past week the brand new RootsTech Virtual Pass was announced! It provides access to 18 online recorded sessions from the conference, allowing you to watch from the comfort of your home.  … Continue reading Can’t attend RootsTech in person? The Virtual Pass may be the perfect solution

Context is Key: Know the Law!

At the time our ancestors lived, there were laws that came into being and which affected the way our ancestors lived and the documents they created.  In last week’s post, we learned how important it is to understand the collection our record is in. It is perhaps even more important to understand the laws at … Continue reading Context is Key: Know the Law!

Context is Key: Understanding the Record within the Record Collection

Records don’t exist in a vacuum. (For the purposes of this post, I am referring to microfilmed images of records we have located online). It’s important to understand the record in terms of the collection it's found in. Once we’ve located a record, we need to ask ourselves questions about the record and the collection. … Continue reading Context is Key: Understanding the Record within the Record Collection

“Eighteen Hundred and Froze to Death”

When we look at the factors that caused our ancestors to migrate from one place to another, specifically within the United States, do we consider the effect that climate disasters may have had? Most of us are familiar with the Dust Bowl, which forced thousands of families in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, to abandon their … Continue reading “Eighteen Hundred and Froze to Death”

Win a FREE 4-day pass to RootsTech 2019!

Serving as a RootsTech 2019 Ambassador means that I have ONE complimentary 4-day pass to RootsTech 2019 to give away!  Never been to RootsTech? Check out my Top Five Reasons to attend. More information on RootsTech can be found here. I hope you’ll join me and thousands of other genealogists and family history enthusiasts in … Continue reading Win a FREE 4-day pass to RootsTech 2019!