Those who do not look upon themselves as links connecting the past with the...– Daniel Webster, 1782-1852
Success with a Letter to the Editor
A number of years ago, I was working on my husband’s family, made more difficult by the fact that his grandfather had been married three times, and had children with each wife. My husband’s father’s oldest half-brother had been born in 1888 in Illinois but moved to Valentine, Nebraska, where he died in 1937. The family had long ago lost contact with him or his family. I had no idea whether he...
All-in-One Tree at Mom's Funeral
My Mom always got excited every time I found a new relative or ancestor, so I decided to display the family tree at her funeral wake last summer, soon after she turned 90. The night before the wake I printed an all-in-one tree, which was at least 12 feet long. It took a few hours to tape 50+ the pages together so it was logical and readable. It was displayed on two long tables at the funeral home,...
Ask Ancestry Anne: It's the little details
This past holiday weekend, I went to Charleston, South Carolina to visit with some family. Charleston is an amazing city, almost a living museum. The preservation laws do not allow for buildings to be torn down, so the city has a lot of history everywhere you turn. I took a tour and my guide was a very charming native of South Carolina, named Randy Lee Hill. He was quite knowledgeable and...
Ask Ancestry Anne: A few genealogy resolutions for...
OK, it’s the middle of January, and I’ve pretty much blown all of my personal New Year’s resolutions. It never takes long with me! So I’ll make some new ones for my genealogy research and see if I can be more successful there. And I shall be most interested to hear what your genealogy resolutions are as well. Resolution #1: Try new ways of searching. It is so easy to get into a rut. Maybe you...
The Year Was 1871
The year was 1871 and as the year opened in Europe, the city of Paris was under siege and defeat was approaching for the French in the Franco-Prussian War. The siege ended January 28, ten days after the formation of the German Empire, with the King of Prussia becoming the first German Emperor, Kaiser Wilhelm I. The German government later that year became embroiled in a conflict with the Roman...
A great library contains the diary of the human race.– George Mercer Dawson, 1849-1901
Ask Ancestry Anne: Is my great grandfather a...
Question: I was told that my great grandfather was part native american. I don’t know what my great grand father’s name is or if this is true. He lived in Palestine, Tx. -Annie Answer: Start with what you know, and work your way back. Is this your maternal or paternal great grandfather? Start researching his child and try and find who the man was. Gather every bit of information you can on ...
Ask Ancestry Anne: What do I do with conflicting...
Question: I’d like any advice you can give on criteria to consider which source citation to accept when several offer conflicting facts. It’s a general question, but my specific example is my gr-gr grandfather John Thomas. Here is what I have to select from as his birth year. None of these sources state a specific date, all are calculated from another event (e.g., death or census date). Grave:...
It is too bad that a requirement for living is not leaving a record of it.– Lynda Rutledge Stephenson
Look for Clues in Old Photos
A distant cousin connected with me because of a query I posted on a message board. He had several pictures that he emailed to me, one of which was of my great-grandmother’s wedding picture with her second husband. He has the original pictures and he scanned them with the original cardboard frame. I am so grateful that he did not crop out the frame, because on the corner of the frame in...
The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. Yesterday...– Alice Morse Earle
Ask Ancestry Anne: RootsTech 2012
RootsTech 2012 will be held in February 2-4th in Salt Lake City this year. You can read more about on our Ancestry.com blog post: Last Chance to Register for the special discount on RootsTech 2012 Along with Crista Cowan, you know her as the Barefoot Genealogist, I will be teaching a class 5 new Things to Try at Ancestry.com on Feb 3rd at 1:45 in room 155. You might think about attending What...
One person’s mess is merely another person’s filing system.– Margo Kaufman
Ask Ancestry Anne: Children mysteriously appearing
Question: While researching my family at the turn of the century, I’ve come across an interesting discrepancy. I’ve found my great-great-grandparents in both the 1900 and 1910 censuses, but the 1910 census includes three teenage sons who were not included on the 1900 census. I can think of several theories as to why this might be—they might be orphaned nephews taken in by their aunt and uncle,...