Did you miss the first episode of Finding Your Roots featuring artist Kara Walker, political organizer Donna Brazile and actor Ty Burrell? Well click here to see what you missed. I personally think this was a good episode.
I printed out my grandfather’s pedigree chart and it looks pretty damn good if I say so myself.
I was so excited when the Freedmen’s Bureau Project was announced. There were 1.5 million Freedmen’s Bureau records just waiting to be indexed. I’ll admit I signed up in June and didn’t index a damn record (excuse my French) until last week. I decided to give it a try and I started with the Freedmen’s Bureau […]
Travelogues of a Genealogist just celebrated it’s seventh anniversary and I am reflecting back with fondness and am humbled by the encouragement of others. Genealogy is truly a wonderful field to be involved in. In it’s seventh-year, the blog is going through some changes. A new theme and design has given the page a more […]
I’ve mentioned before that my great-grandfather, Adrian Zuidweg, Sr. (Adriaan Zuijdweg) owned a fish market when Grandpa was young. In this photo he stands with an unidentified young employee. I found some ads he ran in the Kalamazoo Gazette on Genealogy Bank. This one is from September 16, 1910. This is a pretty fancy ad […]
Time consuming as it may be, tracking the occurrence of a surname overtime in a particular locale can actually be extremely helpful. We want to get to know the nearby families that share the name of our ancestor, especially if they live in the same town, because their records may very well be able to […]
Irish fraternal organizations were influential in their communities during the 19th and 20th centuries. Their mainstay in American society is due to the fact that they assisted new immigrants in transitioning to living in their adopted country. Several fraternal organizations rose to prominence such as Ancient Order of Hibernians, Knights of Columbus, and Catholic Daughters […]
My newest contribution to Legacy News is available and talks about how to research ancestors that died abroad. Consulates of the United States Government and British Parliament recorded vital statistics of their citizens in foreign jurisdictions. They are a great alternative when vital records at all levels (state, county, town) have been exhausted and one can […]
Looking through my computer files (such a mess!), I found an old Word document I thought I’d share with you. When my daughter was 10 she wanted to be a paperdoll centerfold for American Girl magazine. One of the requirements was to interview female living relatives about their childhoods. Her oldest female relative that we […]
Photographs of people, places, and events can be an exceptional aid in our enjoyment of working on our family history. I have in the past written about some of my finds in family pictures. I am the first to say I have had some great luck with obtaining these photographs. Distant cousins and genealogist have […]