If today’s political environment existed in the past, would we be citizens in our own countries?

Family history for youth.

  Those who became citizens of our countries today, were the immigrants of the past, whether illegal or legal. They were the explorers, pioneers and settlers we learn about today with so much pride.   As a matter of fact, if there were a ‘law of historical possession’ everyone except the first nations and natives …

Documents of Elsie Kiefer for the Civil War pension of Francis E. Keifer.

Civil War pension of Francis E. Keifer

Elsie A. Kiefer, widow of Francis E. Keifer.   Documents in application of the pension of Francis E. Kiefer, who died in the Civil War.     STATEMENT OF PENSION BENEFITS TO SIX MONTHS AFTER SOLDIER’S DEATH   17879 12,757 Francis Keefer Company G. , 23 Reg’t. AID TO VOLUNTEERS No. 5710 _______________________ 9    In …

Transcription: Virginia Marriage Records, ‘G’ surnames

Amelia County, Virginia

  Transcription of page 40 showing surnames beginning with ‘G’ of “Virginia, Marriage Records, 1700-1850.”   April 24, 1777——Gray, William & Susan Crenshaw (d. of Mary.) October 18, 1781——Gray, William & Lucy Wilson. September, 5, 1782——Gray, Gabriel (son of John) & Rebecca Willson. July, 1818——Gray, Edwin & Rebecca McGasson. February 10, 1768——Green, Wm. & Obedience …

The ancestor quest: humor, poems and prose for Genealogists.

Funny genealogy.

I have gathered and transcribed several items of humor, poems and prose for Genealogists that have touched me in some way. The ones I have selected and printed below are my favorites of the hundreds that can be found – and the ones that hit home the most.     Dear Ancestor   Your tombstone …

RootsMagic users to soon be able to search Ancestry.com directly via hints.

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 1Dec 2015.

Well, it’s finally happening folks!   Ancestry.com and RootsMagic are teaming up, setting the stage for RootsMagic users to soon be able to search Ancestry.com directly via hints.   This is a brand new announcement and as eager as we may be to get to use the new features it’s going to be several months before the …

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 14 Jan 2016.

Genealogy research center.

  The following are the most recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 14 Jan 2016.   FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 14 Jan 2016.   Bolivia Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 Liberia Liberia, Marriage Records, 1941-1974 Poland Poland, Radom Roman Catholic Church Books, 1587-1966 Ukraine Ukraine, Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates, 1734-1920 …

A salute to our veterans from Billion Graves!

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions

In honor of those who have served and/or fallen in the past to protect us and our freedoms, Billion Graves has added over 8 million military records to their Billion Graves Plus Special Collections database.   To help with everyone’s research (Yea!), these records will be cross-referenced with the GPS headstone records for access by …

Are free genealogy databases a thing of the past?

Free genealogy databases and websites.

  In almost twenty years of genealogy research, I have found a considerable amount of the sources, data and images on free genealogy databases online. They still exist in large numbers and can be very valuable.   You might ask, “Are free genealogy databases a thing of the past?”   You might think so, but …