Rebels, ruffians and renegades! These are the guys who make our genealogy interesting. If every ancestor played by the rules, our stories would be pretty boring.
A genealogical term I haven’t heard for ages is “daughtered out.” I’m sure it still happens and with the same frequency, but just isn’t as important as in times past.
Every St. Patrick’s Day my father used to sport an orange bow tie. When I was a child, I asked him why he did so, and he replied that his Irish ancestors were Orangemen.
The newest aid for genealogists that I’ve become aware of is a program called Forever, Inc. It promises to make “it easy to store, organize, share and print your family photos for generations.”
Earlier this month, NBC News published results of a new cancer study, led by Lorelei Mucci of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, indicating one-third of all cancers can be blamed on inherited genes.
Once again, Ancestry.com has made a change with little consideration for how it will affect users. On Dec. 8, 2015, the company announced it would no longer sell Family Tree Maker after Dec. 31, 2015. They say they will support the program at least through Jan. 1, 2017.
Remember when research meant going to the library and searching through the card catalog to find the needed information? Usually the first thing seen when entering a library was a collection of card catalogs standing in a block waiting for a user — drawers upon drawers of paper cards with in…
Great Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has intervened in a family feud and referred the case to a Judicial Committee for resolution. The committee is expected to use DNA evidence to solve the family’s problem.
Do you know what your ancestors did for a living? Did they continue in the same work they did in Europe after they came to America? We sometimes assume all the early settlers were farmers, but that is not necessarily true.
The following article was written by Joy Neighbors and first published in her column, “The Joy of Genealogy,” in the Toronto Star on Aug. 28. It is reprinted here with her permission.
You’ve been doing research into your family for years. You have accumulated and carefully filed away many pages of information. Some day you are going to write your family’s story.
Genealogy is back on television again this season. In case you’ve missed it, the seventh season of “Who Do You Think You Are?” debuted on Sunday, July 26, at 10 p.m. without much fanfare.
Lately, it is impossible to miss seeing Donald Trump on the news and hearing whatever he thinks about the subject on which he is currently expounding. He has suggested that others don't have the courage to speak out as he does on immigration, particularly illegal immigration.
Last August I wrote about having to find another genealogy software program. I had used The Master Genealogist (TMG) for 25 years. The developer of the program was now ill with a progressive disease and had removed TMG from the market.
Genealogy is a fascinating hobby for most of us who are involved in it. There is the thrill of the chase, the excitement of adding another ancestor’s name, and the pleasure of seeing your family tree grow and expand.
Occasionally I write something that gets me in trouble, usually because I have unintentionally used a dubious source. The column I wrote about the Magna Carta was one of those instances where I relied on source material that was evidently inaccurate.
Magna Carta (Great Charter) is one of the most important legal documents in history. It was granted by King John to a group of rebellious English barons and signed following a battle on the plain at Runnymede on June 15, 1215. It combines government accountability with protection of individu…