The Pedigree Chart (or Ancestral Chart) will record your direct line ancestors’ information. In other words, you will record the dates and locations of births, marriages, deaths and burials from one father and mother to the next father and mother. While the potential is there for an endless number of ancestors, most of us in the beginning only have knowledge of two or three generations.
Added by Angela Rodesky on November 6, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments
Vital records are the bread and butter, go-to source, for many genealogists. The volumes of information you can glean from their pages are treasure troves. Yes, many of my brick walls have tumbled once I laid my hands on those pieces of paper, but I never actually stopped to really study what they are. Have you?
In the US: Vital Records, Understanding and Using The Records…Continue
Added by Angela Rodesky on November 5, 2019 at 8:30am — No Comments
Post-mortem photography, photographing the recently deceased, may seem like a rather macabre Victorian era practice. Post-mortem photographs were still being made, though less frequently, during the early years of the 20th century up through the present day.
Photography: Clues Pictures Hold, Editing, Digitizing…Continue
Added by Angela Rodesky on November 4, 2019 at 8:30am — No Comments
Modules 4-8 of English: Occupations–Professions and Trades covers a wide variety of different occupations, laws and rules associated with them, plus lots of little bits of information that I think I digested. Once again, I stuffed information in my head and hoped that the sponge took it all in. In the future I see using this course as a great reference book when I track down English…Continue
Added by Angela Rodesky on November 3, 2019 at 8:00am — No Comments
There is no better feeling than to open up a compiled family genealogy and actually FIND the ancestor for whom you have hit a brick wall. There he is—his parents, his grandparents, all the dates and places, right there waiting for you. Perhaps the book even contains his line all the way back to a Mayflower passenger —how ecstatic are you? How quickly do you enter all of this information into your genealogy program and gleefully shout to the…Continue
Added by Angela Rodesky on November 2, 2019 at 9:00am — No Comments
I chose Locating Places in Germany as my second German course from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies and I am happy I did. This course is packed with information to help you track down where in Germany your ancestor came from and how to locate the records for that location.…
Added by Angela Rodesky on November 1, 2019 at 9:00am — No Comments
In English: Occupations - Professions and Trades, Module 2 we jumped right in and learned quite a bit about the apprentice system in England. Wow, that was a lot of interesting, new, and eye opening information for me. I think I will continue to process it for a while.
Library With Books by Serge…Continue
Added by Angela Rodesky on October 31, 2019 at 8:30am — No Comments
What trends existed in men’s clothing during the 20th century? Knowing what clothing was popular in which decade can help you pinpoint when that family photograph was taken and who possibly is pictured. Some trends by the decade include:
Photography: Clues Pictures…Continue
Added by Angela Rodesky on October 30, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments
What a wonderful course! Really, once again I am surprised by exactly how much I didn’t know about a simple, basic topic. The U.S. Federal Census is a staple for researchers in the states, but it is also complicated and at times detailed. Unless the family history researcher takes the time to dig deeper it will never give up all of its secrets to them. I would almost say it could be…Continue
Added by Angela Rodesky on October 29, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments
What can be better than researching your family history?! While it is a fulfilling pursuit it is also a lot of work. You should expect to run into some problems along the way. It’s important though, that you not create your own frustrations by making mistakes in the initial stages of your research.
Added by Angela Rodesky on October 28, 2019 at 8:30am — No Comments
So why would a native German take the German Records courses offered at the National Institute for Genealogical Studies? Most of the research I have done in the past 23 years has been in American records not German. I mistakenly thought that German family history research was pretty much impossible for those living in the United States. Although I was born in Germany, I came to…Continue
What were women wearing in the decades of the 1900s? That answer is important as we look at family photographs. Here’s a few trends seen in the 20th century.
Photography: Clues Pictures Hold, Editing, Digitizing and Various Projects
1900s – The styles of the late 1890s continued into this decade. The…Continue
Added by Angela Rodesky on October 26, 2019 at 8:30am — No Comments
Grandma Great Great Great unknown. When I was young Grandad could name her. We did not write in the album. When older he could only remember she was a Grandma on his side and some history about her. Mom did write data finally down in the album in 1958. I sent copies of unlabled pictures to Hoffman/Huffman Reunion in Iowa. I have not known of a reunion in Greene Co. Pa ever. Though a small group of us got together in September 1993.
Waynesburg, PA was the place and I stayed with…Continue
Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on October 25, 2019 at 9:10pm — No Comments
I love maps. Really, maps are a fantastic research tool, and even more important when you are using census records. Think about it, why do you think that would be the case? I can think of several reasons; hopefully mine and yours match.
Map of the United States of America. Library of Congress. http://www.loc.gov/item/98685348/…Continue
Added by Angela Rodesky on October 25, 2019 at 8:00am — No Comments
Which Mayflower passengers left known descendants? The following are the heads of families who left descendants and the only families from whom descent has been proven:
There are many names missing in the above list, names of men who died the first winter leaving no family behind. Some entire families were wiped out – the Crakstons, Martins, Rigdales, Tillies, Tinkers and Turners. Did these…Continue
Added by Angela Rodesky on October 24, 2019 at 8:00am — No Comments
I would love to have members of The Genealogy Squad join me and the wonderful Mary Kathryn Crews Kozy on this amazing Alaska cruise in September 2021! I did this cruise in 2017 and it was so beautiful, I can't wait to do it again! And we get to talk about genealogy on top of everything else! If you contact them, please be sure to let them know you came from me & The Genealogy Sqaud; I don't get any kickback but I think it would be great to…
Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on October 23, 2019 at 1:43pm — No Comments
In modules 5 and 6 of Skills: Transcribing, Abstracting & Extracting we learned about extractions. It is a similar concept to an abstraction but not exactly the same. Trust me, I am sure you have used them both, but you may not have realized the distinction between the two.…Continue
Added by Angela Rodesky on October 23, 2019 at 9:00am — No Comments
One of the most frequently asked genealogy questions is “How far back can I go?” This is a very difficult question to answer. Everyone’s research is different. Accessibility and the availability of documents as well as the possible destruction of records means that the answer to the above question might be different even for the same person tracing two different families on their tree.…
Added by Angela Rodesky on October 22, 2019 at 8:30am — No Comments
Mixed Results and Exciting Ideas.
Thanks to Kenneth on Facebook and his crazy letter of 5 things not to do to excel in Genealogy, I am going to expound on his fun.
Needless to say, as an instructor in Genealogy I have been tempted to make similiar comments to my blog readers.
On Facebook they have many areas for various topics and Genealogy, Just Ask. really gets some interesting twists.
It has been so long since I was a…Continue
Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on October 21, 2019 at 9:45pm — No Comments
Nothing like jumping in and seeing if you sink or swim. There is no goofing off and easing into the subject matter with this course. You are into the meat of the subject from page one, which is great! Don’t get me wrong, I am happy to start off strong. There is just a lot, and I mean a lot, of information.…Continue
Added by Angela Rodesky on October 21, 2019 at 8:30am — No Comments