Published by Ancestry: Building a WWII Timeline of Service

This is a guest post by Jennifer Holik. Researching an individual in our family tree often requires us to create a timeline of the individual’s life. On that timeline we place important events such as birth, marriage, education, residence, and death. We follow the same process for a World War II soldier, except we are specifically…

http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/10/22/building-a-wwii-timeline-of-service/

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Published by Ancestry: On the Street Where They Lived: Exploring Your Ancestor’s Hometown in UK, City, Town and Village Photos, 1857-2005 Collection

Market House, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, England, 1880Have you ever wondered about the places where your ancestor lived? What did their street look like? The church they attended? What was the view as your ancestor went into town or to the market? Thanks to Francis Frith, many of us can now get a glimpse of ancestral…

http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/08/14/on-the-street-where-they-lived-exploring-your-ancestors-hometown-in-uk-city-town-and-village-photos-1857-2005-collection/

Published by Ancestry: Shaking the Trees: Finding Family with a Little Help from Friends

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Paul Rawlins, Editorial Manager at AncestryMy grandfather David Beatty Stewart, my mother’s father, died in a 1924 car crash along with Mom’s mother and little brother; Mom (age 13) was the only survivor. So far, I have been unable to trace Mom’s father’s father, probably also named David Stewart…

http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/07/31/shaking-the-trees-finding-family-with-a-little-help-from-friends/

Published by Ancestry: SSDI’s New Companion: U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007

The Social Security Death Index (SSDI) was among the first collections posted on Ancestry when the website first began adding content back in 1996. Since then, it has been a boon to researchers looking for 20th-century ancestors and those doing descendancy, heirship, and other types of forensic genealogical research.Once you locate an ancestor in the SSDI,…

http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/07/24/ssdis-new-companion-u-s-social-security-applications-and-claims-index-1936-2007/

Published by Dick Eastman: A Scavenger Hunt in the Cemeteries

Here is an idea for your local genealogy society or local historical society: a scavenger hunt. John McVicar of Cambridge, Ontario, created an elaborate scavenger hunt of gravesites and monuments of famous people buried across Cambridge. He knew it would grab the interest of a few fellow genealogy and local history enthusiasts, but he didn’t…

http://blog.eogn.com/2015/07/21/a-scavenger-hunt-in-the-cemeteries/