How To Research Your Destitute Ancestors – Yes, It’s Possible
Were your ancestors poor? To research and find destitute ancestors, seek out records created for the care of the community’s poor. One of the common frustrations I hear from you, my readers, is the lack of records for your destitute or poor ancestors. Yes, our poor ancestors certainly present with some unique research challenges. Why is that? Your poor or destitute ancestors typically did not own land and will not be found in the land records. Ancestors who had no estate that needed to be disposed of, did not typically leave wills or have estates that were probated. Your poorer ancestors may have moved frequently in search of jobs making…
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.