The Human Element

By Rachel Silverman Congratulations! You’ve successfully amassed a bunch of documents and information about your ancestor. Now the real fun begins: Analysis. Looking closely at the evidence you’ve collected, you’ll most likely see conflicting reports for birth, marriage, immigration, or maybe even death dates. This week, Jayne explained how to handle this conflicting information [link…

Combine Religious Records With Related Sources to Discover Family History

By Jeanne Rollberg Early religious records around the world are gold mines for genealogists as they seek key information that may not be found in civil records or newspaper resources (such as birth, marriage and death announcements) for certain time periods. People investigating religious records may find baptism, marriage, and death information in some denominations’ church…

What Genealogical Information Can Be Found in a Kelly’s Directory?

By Nikki Paine One of the oldest English directories is the London directory for 1677, held in the Guildhall Library in London. It demonstrates that directories have been in existence for several centuries, but, just as we have thrown away our out of date telephone directories, our ancestors have done the same with their directories.…

Genealogy on Deadline: Newspapers Bring Ancestors to Life

By Jeanne Rollberg In 2016, we have many creative ways to keep images and voices of loved ones alive through social media, YouTube, blogs and many other options. In our ancestors’ eras, the primary way communities were held together and learned about each other was through daily and weekly newspapers. These historic newspapers hold the key…