Vikings were in Greenland, Ireland and Britain much earlier than previously thought.

Scales and weights of a viking trader.

Thanks to recent discoveries, we now know Vikings were in Greenland, Ireland and Britain much earlier than previously thought.   Archaeological finds in Greenland show that vikings managed to survive Greenland’s bitter, harsh weather for substantially longer than previously believed. According to Christian Koch Madsen, an archaeologist with the National Museum of Denmark, “The stories …

New breakthrough technology from AncestryDNA will facilitate new ancestor discoveries.

DNA testing.

The advancements in DNA research and technology are happening so fast, it’s almost impossible to keep up with them. It appears that AncestryDNA has developed a new breakthrough technology that allows the definitive identification of our ancestors back to the 1700s using just DNA testing – no genealogy research required. Unfortunately, the basic DNA testing …

Empty Nest Ancestry: The launch of our brand new (and fun) site design.


As you can see, the launch of the new site designs for this site and our general interest site at Feathering the Empty Nest have changed considerably.    Why the change? Yet again, a WordPress update has caused conflicts with some plugins and, most frustratingly, the themes on these sites. I’ve been using the same basic theme …

Get free access to until 9 Mar 2015.

Free access to

Free access to online databases is offered from 12 pm (GMT) Friday, March 6 until Monday, March 9 at 7 am (EST). Their collections contain billions of historical records, as well as numerous tools and resources, including: Millions of US census records dating back to 1790. Military records for historical conflicts, including the American …

Security watch: Is virtualization a mistake?


From the standpoint of securing important documents and information, is adopting virtualization a mistake? As a genealogist, I’m well aware of our dependence on the use of virtualization, computer networks and the internet by governments, businesses and organizations to digitize, store, safeguard, and make available highly valuable documents, publications, etc. The following article by Jesse …

Sir Philip Basset, Lord Basset, Justiciar of England

Battle of Evesham

Sir Philip Basset is 24th great grandfather to my kids, born circa 1184 in Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England.   He was the son of Alan Basset, Baron of Wycombe, and Aline de Gai. In 1227, Philip married his first wife, Hawise de Louvaine in Essex, England. Born in 1225, Hawise was the daughter of Matthew de Louvain, Lord … and Updates and Additions to 27 Feb 2015.

Worldwide Map

Following are the most recent and Updates and Additions to 27 Feb 2015. Argentina Argentina, National Census, 1895 Australia Australia, Tasmania, Miscellaneous Records, 1829-1961 Brazil Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2014 Canada Canadian Headstones Ireland Ireland, 1841 and 1851 Census Search Forms Philippines Philippines, Civil Registration (Local), 1888-1983 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico, Civil …