It seems like Spring has taken forever to arrive in the upper plains but now we have the beautiful green grass, blooming trees and hardy perennials are making an appearance. However, it is hard to believe that Memorial Weekend is here. Summer unofficially starts!
While we all enjoy summer, let's pause and remember all those who have served and given their lives so that we can enjoy the everyday things like grilling, playing ball and spending time at the lakes with family and friends. I use this time to remember my ancestors and beloved family members.
Here's a brief history on Memorial Day from the National Park Service.
Memorial Day - Over 150 Years of Remembrance (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov)
Happy Memorial Day to you and yours!
We all have brick walls in our family history research. Sometimes they exist because there are gaps in available records. Let’s look at the importance of revisiting databases for overcoming brick walls.
Recently I was assisting a friend with her family research. She had inherited old family trees and other information without any source documents. While searching on WikiTree and Ancestry and similar sites, she found trees with her ancestors plus additional ancestors two generations back. That’s great, right? Hmm or maybe not. Let’s look.
For those who have Ontario roots, I’d like to recommend this site: Where the story takes me… – Tales of family and local history research and folk I meet along the way by Jane E MacNamara. Let’s look.
With a lifelong passion for genealogy and history, the author enjoys the opportunity to share genealogy tidbits, inspiring others to research and write their family story.