Happy 4th of July 2022! Enjoy the time with family and friends! And if the usual summer storms come through this weekend, find a quiet corner and get in a little family history research! Enjoy the weekend and week!
History of the Fourth of July - Brief History, Early Celebrations & Traditions - HISTORY
Independence Day (United States) - Wikipedia
The History of the Fourth of July | Military.com
It’s that time again when FamilyTree provides the list of the best genealogy websites for us genealogists. Some are familiar and others are new and worth checking out. I especially love to see if there is anything new in the maps and newspaper categories.
This week take some time to explore these sites and see if you can add more details to your family tree. Your new discoveries could add life to your ancestors’ stories.
Have fun exploring!
I always am on the lookout for new genealogy sites to explore. The FamilyTree Magazine’s July/August issue has the top genealogy sites plus Rick Crume has complied a list of the 75 Best State Websites. After researching in the Dakota for years, I was surprised to discover a site that I wasn’t familiar with: Digital Horizons. Let’s look.
Maybe it is because it is finally summer weather and people are off to the lakes or because I saw a production of “Men on Ice” at the local theatre, but I started about what our ancestors were doing for recreation and fun. These activities would add another layer to our family stories. Let’s look.
A hometown newspaper recently noted that the Wahpeton ND Leach Library has a collection of online newspapers. This was news to me. A good portion of my family history revolves around events in Richland County, North Dakota so this was a gold mine! Let’s look at what is available.
Wishing you all a nice Memorial Day weekend. Spend time with your family and remember your ancestors on this day. While Memorial Day is to remember those who served in the military, I’m glad that we also pause to recognize our loved ones who have passed. Happy Memorial Day!
For the curious, here are a few sites with the history and facts behind Memorial Day.
Memorial Day 2022: Facts, Meaning & Traditions - HISTORY
Memorial Day: Complete History, Meaning, Facts & Traditions (usmemorialday.org)
Memorial Day - Wikipedia
If you are like me, I always am willing to research my Irish roots. They are probably the most challenging of my ancestors. For many years there were so few records available. That continues to change with more records online. Let’s look at the Irish Estate Maps.
Today is turbulent spring weather day with thunderstorms, hail and wind predicted for a large region. I was thinking about how weather impacted our ancestors, not only as pioneers in the United States and Canada but also in the home country. We can weave weather related items into our family story if we do the research. Let’s look.
If you have been doing your family history research for any length of time, you likely want to find the ship that carried your ancestor to the new country. If you have an ancestor with the last name equivalent of Smith or Jones like my Sullivans and Cotters from Ireland, it become a bit trickier. With more records available online, all hope is not lost. Let’s look.
I recently received information and a link about Artifcts which is a newer service for preserving information about your “stuff” for family. (And no I didn’t spell it wrong…although spellchecker thinks so!) It appears to be another tool to consider when preserving your family heirloom information. 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.