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Mayflower Genealogy

Mayflower genealogy

A tall-masted ship, like the Mayflower

The colonizing of the United States is the foundation point in history for the nation, and those who came over on the Mayflower are considered to be at the forefront of these events. Though the influx of colonists lasted for many years after the arrival of the Mayflower, it is this group of people who are the most remembered.

Can you trace your own family tree back to these original American colonists? There are many different resources online that can help you pinpoint where you tree meets the Mayflower, and where you can trace your family back from there. (more…)

14 Apr 2013

Adoption Resources

Having an adoption in your family tree can create a very tough brick wall to overcome. There is often legal issues, miles of red tape and hard-to-access records involved and older generations may not want to talk about “such things”. But it is not impossible to get past an adoption in your genealogy research as long as you don’t give up and know where to look.

Whether you are the adopted member or someone else, you will have a bit of work ahead of you to get past that into your tree. Here are some sites to help you with your efforts:

All About Adoption Research – This is a good article to get you started with adoption genealogy research. She lists out the places to look and the documents or information you’re going to need.

How to Start Searching – If you are the adopted person you are searching about, this is a great piece on helping you with those first steps to finding your birth parents. There is also good info if your adopted search is not about you. (more…)

29 Mar 2013

Slave Genealogy

If you find that your genealogy research has taken you to discover African American ancestors who were once kept as slaves, you can find yourself in some pretty tough historical territory. You’ll have your work cut out for you when you hit this type of a brick wall. Even so, don’t give up completely. Records aren’t as easy to find as some others, but there are a few really good resources for slave genealogy.

Though owned slaves were counted in the 1850 and 1860 American census, they were not recorded in any detail, and certainly not by name. It was only after the Civil War that you’ll find census records that list freed slaves by name, which means you need to start looking around 1870.

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26 Dec 2012

Native American Resources

Native American Genealogy resources

Native American Genealogy resources

Many people hit brick walls when they reach their ancestors who migrated here from other countries, because records can get lost or misplaced during immigration. Well, even if your ancestors are native to the USA, you can still end up with brick walls.

I’ve collected some good resources and articles for anyone who is trying to learn more about their Native American ancestry. It’s not an area I have had to research personally (yet). (more…)

23 Dec 2012

Irish Resources

irish genealogy resources

More on Irish genealogy resources

With my own family coming from Ireland a few generations ago (still trying to pin down the specifics on that), I have been working with a number of great online Irish genealogy resources. So here is a place for you to start if you have family in that part of the world.

Irish Genealogy – Several different types of Irish records are linked here, including a searchable database of church records. It’s a great spot to do a little direct vital records sourcing. Some searches might require a small fee. (more…)

16 Dec 2012

Civil War Resources

civil war genealogy

Genealogy for the American Civil War

The Civil War was a very important event in American history, taking place between 1861 and 1865. The conflict touched the entire nation, and involved more than 3 million men. Any American genealogy study will likely come across relatives who were part of the Civil War. There are a number of resources, including military records, available that can provide a great deal of genealogical information.

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16 Dec 2012

Free Genealogy Sites

You know the old saying, “You get what you pay for”, which usually refers to the quality of inexpensive deals. Well, when it comes to searching the Internet for free genealogy information, this just doesn’t apply.

That’s not to say that pay-sites are a waste of money. You can often find what you want a lot quicker at these websites. But if you are willing to put in the time, you can find a LOT on free genealogy sites and databases. Going the free route is particularly appealing to those new to genealogy. (more…)

16 Dec 2012