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How To Research Your Common Surname Ancestors
Struggling to research your common surname ancestors? Try these 4 strategies to help you find those ancestors with all too common last names! Tracing an ancestor with a common surname can be just plain frustrating. Am I right? I never intended to research my White family ancestors. That common surname “White” just seemed too daunting. John White in colonial North Carolina and Virginia? No, thank you. Quite frankly, I was intimidated by the prospect of such a genealogy project. I knew there would be no quick or easy answers. But then…. A phone call from a fellow White family researcher changed all of that. Fast forward a number of…
14 of the Best Genealogy Tips to Find Your Ancestors
Need a few helpful hints to find those elusive ancestors? Find 14 of my favorite and best tips to start growing your family tree!
How To Gather Oral History From Family With Memory Loss
Are you missing out on vital family history clues, because of poor assumptions? 🤔 I often hear from fellow genealogists who wished they had obtained oral family history from their older relatives sooner. Now, many find it too late. A relative has passed away or dementia is claiming the memory of a loved one. These 5 tips will help you get started and ensure you and your family member(s) have an enjoyable time connecting and reminiscing.
12 Days of Christmas Genealogy Records
Find your ancestors in the records of the holidays they celebrated! Seasonal holidays generated many Christmas genealogy records to find your ancestors. The holidays are upon us. We are shopping, baking, wrapping presents, traveling….. and more! Despite all the business of the season, Christmas (and holidays in general) is a fantastic time of year to research your genealogy and family history. Surprised? I was, too, initially, but it makes sense. Religious holidays such as Christmas create their own records and their own traditions. These traditions can be handed down through the generations. Have you considered what traditions and associated records can tell you about your ancestors? And how to track…