So how did my family get here? It is one of the primary questions a family historian asks. Sometimes the answer is easy - often it isn't. Board credentialed professional genealogist Joan Shurtliff has some valuable tips to share with family history researchers seeking ship and naturalization records. Get ready to embark on a virtual voyage to trace family history.read more
Whether you know it as the "Hoosier State" or the "Land of the Indians," Indiana is a notable state for genealogy research. The home to a plethora of brick and mortar libraries and archives, Indiana is guaranteed to entice family genealogists who want to trace family history. Debra Hutsell, an Indiana born-and-raised professional genealogist, is going to take you on a genealogy researcher road trip of a lifetime. So, buckle up, you're heading to some of Indiana's great family history researcher hotspots.read more
How many times have you heard a skeptical family member ask, "What on earth is so interesting about a bunch of deceased relatives?" If you are the designated genealogist for your family, a question like that may rankle you. Take heart, professional genealogist Tricia Dingwall Thompson is going to tell you about the Legacy Book - a great new product offering from RecordClick. Comprising photographs, documents, timelines, and textual summaries, the Legacy Book brings your ancestors to life. The next time you get asked an annoying question about why genealogical research is so important, just hand the questioner your RecordClick Legacy Book and smile.read more
- Genealogical research in Germany can be a fascinating and productive study; at the same time, it can be disappointing and frustrating. The same may be said for all ancestry searches – domestic or international – but it is even truer for researching genealogy in Germany. Thomas Dunzweiler, a German-born and German-based author, journalist, translator, scholar and genealogical researcher, gives a brief history of Germany and shares helpful suggestions with genealogists who are embarking on ancestry searches in Deutschland.
As I look at my ancestors, they give me insights into how I got to be who I am. Were they tall or short? Did they have a slight build, or were they from a more solid stock? How long did they live? How did they die: from accident or a disease that we have conquered, from a heart attack or cancer or senility, or did they seem to fade away? By being involved with genealogy, I have learned not to take my health for granted. By learning about my family’s health history, I know what to look out for. By creating a medical family history, I have given my healthcare provider an idea of what medical conditions I may have, so that we can then take a more proactive approach to my health care.read more
- The DAR Library in Washington, D.C. is one of the United States' top three premiere genealogical research centers. A genealogist's Disneyland, the DAR Library now boasts more than 180,000 American genealogical and historical manuscripts and publications (including 30,000 family histories/genealogies and personal letters); 300,000 files of genealogical documentation; and 15,000 volumes of unpublished genealogical records (including Bible records and cemetery transcripts). If you can't get to D.C. to wander the stacks, let professional genealogist Tricia Dingwall Thompson take you on a "clickable" tour.
Time to take another trip across the Pond with board certified genealogist Joan Shurtliff as your guide. This time, Joan delves into the multiple court systems that have meted out legal rulings in Great Britain for hundreds of years. The various courts - Criminal, Church, Eyres, Assize, Crown, and others - have generated untold numbers of records, many of which can be accessed by genealogical researchers to help trace family history. Joan explains the different courts throughout the different time periods, what the courts cover in their records, and the best ways to access the records. All rise.
- Pictured: Lancaster Castle; Lancashire County, England. Photo credit: Joan Shurtliff
The 2010 United States Census yielded some surprises. It turns out that Americans of German descent now number about 50 million and have overtaken Americans of Irish descent as the United States' #1 ancestral group. Not surprising is the increase in German genealogists who want to trace their Teutonic family genealogy. RecordClick is responding to the uptick in interest by increasing their genealogy ancestry services in Western and Central Europe by staffing more professional in-country German genealogy and Polish genealogy researchers. This blog is your introduction to German genealogy. Over the coming months, RecordClick will be posting more articles, some written by historical researchers living and researching in Germany. We hope to make your German ancestry search a little easier.read more
What kind of Genealogical Treasures?! you ask. Heirlooms, wedding dresses, jewelry? Well, not exactly. In this case, Tricia Dingwall Thompson writes about finding genealogical research treasures in the guise of faded land deeds penned in archaic handwriting. Dealing with a tangle of three families, all with the same surname McMillen, Tricia searched for her ancestors and found them by way of hard-to-read property deeds, proving the adage - One person's trash is another person's treasure.
- Pictured: Daniel McMillen house, New Boston, New Hampshire. Photo credit John Pardee
ReelGenie invited RecordClick.com, an online full-service genealogy research firm, to participate in a trial phase of its product: an all-in-one digital video storytelling package. At RecordClick our professional genealogists were impressed and pleasantly surprised at the trial results. Here’s an overview of our experience using ReelGenie to create meaningful family history videos for our clients.read more