Great News! You decided to start working on your family tree! Now what!? Family tree research can be a bit overwhelming. If you inherited someone else’s work like I did with “BoB” you probably want to start but it’s a daunting task. I can say at first my head was swimming too!
If you have collected someone else’s research from the 1990’s or before you have an idea of what a daunting task it is to take all of that written work, files, photocopies, notes, etc. and try to digitize and bring to a new life on the internet and the computer. Continue reading →
If you want to start putting your family history into a story version and write a family history book this is a great session from RootsTech 2017 – about an hour of very helpful information! Continue reading →
What is RootsTech? It’s a genealogical and technology conference sponsored by FamilySearch International. It’s full of great information and tips and this year you can experience it for FREE online. Need help with anything in your family tree research? You can get help and tips here and many of your questions answered.
When is RootsTech? February 25-27, 2021 – ONLINE FOR FREE! Register now!
I love finding interesting gravestones as I research the family tree. It’s fun to see the evolution of gravestones throughout the eras as certain materials were used at different times in history. What I love about these gravestones is they are so informative, (dramatic at times) and intricate in their carvings.
The Farber Gravestone Collection is one of my favorites. These gravestones were carved primarily by Daniel Farber in Massachusetts and Connecticut prior to 1800. It is estimated that there are approximately 9,000 Farber Gravestones carved by Daniel Farber, his wife and a few others that carried on the tradition.
The project is supported by the American Antiquarian Society. If you have early ancestors in Massachusetts or Connecticut that died prior to 1800 there is chance you might find one of the Farber Gravestones!
Where do you start with your family tree research and organizing a massive amount of family history? This is a great session from RootsTech – about an hour of very helpful information! Continue reading →
Tracing African-American enslaved people in your family tree can be more difficult due to lack of records or knowing where to look for records. Here is a free book list of helpful resources from the Internet Archive.
Part 2 of the video tutorial series of starting a new family tree. This video covers the next steps in setting up a new tree and helps you explore the features you will use. This video is about 15 minutes. Continue reading →
Photo: The Michigan 9th Volunteer Infantry guards the infamous Confederate Rebel, Champ Ferguson at trial – Nashville State Prison – 1865. My 2nd great grandfather, William Henry Knowles Sr., served in this regiment as a prison guard under the alias “James Ecmire” in 1864-1865 after serving 3 years on the battlefield in the Indiana 9th Infantry. (Photo – public domain.)
If you are researching ancestors that were in the military in any generation it is helpful to know the terminology associated with military organization.
Terminology: U.S. Army
Army (Regular) – A permanent U.S. army; in peace and war time.
Corps – An organized unit of officers and men or officers alone consisting of two or more divisions. (Revolutionary War corps were one of the nine military subdivisions of the Continental Army.)
Unit – An organized body of soldiers of any size. A division of a larger body.
Division – A major administrative and tactical unit. Larger than a regiment or brigade but smaller than a corp.
Brigade – Unit consisting of several regiments, squadrons, groups or battalions.
Regiment – A ground unit consisting of two or more battalions.
Battalion – A ground force consisting of three or more companies or similar units.
Company – A subdivision of a regiment or battalion.
Platoon – Military unit consisting of two or more squads or sections having a common headquarters.
Squad/Squadrons – A small unit of men (10 or more) with a sergeant and corporal in command. Can consist of a Naval fleet unit or an armed cavalry unit of two or more troops and support units.
Troop – Armed Calvary or two or more platoons and a headquarters group.
Volunteer – One who enters service on his own volition rather than by draft/conscription.
Conscripts – Recruits drafted for military service, compensated by the government for war time enlistment. Also called “draftees”.
Militia – A body of men enrolled for military service, called on for periodic drill and practice but used in actual service only in emergencies. Citizen soldiers. (Army Reserves/National Guard).
The Missouri Birth (1920 – 2015) & Death Index 1968 – 2015 are now available online for FREE! Thanks again to the hard fighting group at Reclaimtherecords.org you can access the Missouri Birth (1920 – 2015) & Death Index (1968-2015) online for Free. Visit the links below to start to research the index. Additional years … Continue reading →
I have all of my family tree library out of storage now after nearly 4 years! I can now provide research assistance for those researching the same family lines and locations. To view the resources available in my library you can go to the newly created page on this web site called “Research Assistance“. You … Continue reading →
If you’ve been around for at least three decades or if you have inherited old family photos you may be looking for an easy way to look at old negatives or films and a way to easily extract these old photos. Films will degrade and deteriorate over time so if you have films or negatives to preserve now is a great time to start.
I recently discovered there is a new technology for this and it’s so exciting! They have created a film scanner which allows you to do just these things! Imagine a little viewer that allows you to insert your negative and instantly digitize those old photos on film negatives.
The Kodak Digital Film Scanner will convert your images from negative and slides to and SD card or through HDMI or USB cable.