Have you carved out more time to do research into your family history during this strange year? If so, you’ve probably acquired more digital and paper files to review and utilize. Let’s look how a research log can help you become a better organized researcher.
The longer than you have been researching your family’s history, the more you realize the importance of exploring collateral lines including your ancestor’s siblings. Not only will this add to the richness of your story, but it has the potential to help you with brick walls. Let’s look.
As I was thinking about this week’s blog, I was distracted by research into German records. This led me down the path of ancestral villages as they are key to finding German (and most countries’) records. Our ancestors and their “home” villages give us a unique view into their lives. Let’s look at ways we can add some depth to our descriptions of these villages in our family stories.
As I continued my efforts to digitize my family history research this week, I was reminded of some excellent references about immigrants who settled in the Dakotas and Minnesota; they focus on why they traveled from their home country and what their experience was like once they arrived. Let’s look at how these can help us tell our family story.
The term microhistory has been around for a while but lately I’ve noticed that it has popped up in genealogy articles. As family historians we are using microhistory when we focused on researching a specific individual or family. Let’s look a bit more into microhistory and capturing our ancestors’ experiences.
In our world of emails, texts and chats, the handwritten letter is a rarity. Do you have a leather-bound volume of your emigrant ancestors’ letters? No?! Me either but wouldn’t that be nice? For those of us who don’t have access to family letters from that time, how do we better understand what the journey to America and homesteading the land was like? Here are some ideas.
Happy 4th of July! And if you have the opportunity this weekend, ask what traditions were observed on this holiday. Did they go to the lakes? Spend time camping? Grill on the patio? How is this year different from past years?
Here are vintage images of past 4th of July celebrations.
Have a wonderful 4th of July with your family and friends!
What do flowers have to do with family history? This morning’s walk around my neighborhood was lovey with flowers blooming in flowerbeds, trees in full leaf and lovely summer sunshine. It occurred to me that as we write our family stories, it’s important to capture little details like flowers in our written accounts. Let’s look.
When you're not finding the records you expect in the usual places, it helps to look at other avenues to find the records you need. For those of you who have ancestors that settled in the western United States, BYU Idaho has a special collection of marriage records that covers western states. Let’s look.
As genealogists we’ve received more access to digital records in this last year. During this time, MyHeritage.com has made June a bonus month. Let’s see what I mean.
According to the MyHeritage blog, in June 2020, there will be a different set of records available to access and view. To see what records are available on which day, check out this blog. It’s great that they have a list by day of the records so that you can plan accordingly. For example, I’ll be scooping out the Canadian newspapers on June 15th. This also is a great way to better understand what records are available at MyHeritage. Many of the records they are making available are unique and many are collections outside of North America. For example they have records for Greece, Norway, and Denmark to name a few.
MyHeritage will require you to register to view the information. Just your full name and email is required. No credit card or other information is required but perhaps you’ll find their records useful and you can then convert to a paying subscription.
I’m grateful for these opportunities provided by key genealogy sites. I’ll continue to share as information becomes available. Happy Searching!
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.