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Donald Trump Family Tree

The family tree of Donald Trump, currently president-elect

The family tree of Donald Trump, currently president-elect

To continue with my tradition of including famous family trees as new presidential figures come into the spotlight, I’m doing an ahnentafel chart for the current president-elect, Donald Trump.

Given his stance on immigration, there have been a lot of references in the press about his own family’s status as immigrants in the past, so I figured that it was a perfect tree to research next. That is also why I decided to include the regions where his ancestors were born, which I don’t usually do.


22 Nov 2016

California Vital Records

California vital records date back to at least 1905 with some counties having records farther back to 1824 (particularly Monterey County). Getting copies of these records is easier than in most other states. (more…)

24 May 2013

The Life of Annie Moore

By Terri Paajanen

If the name doesn’t ring any bells with you, she was the first person to immigrate to the United States through the famous port at Ellis Island.

history of Annie Moore and Ellis Island

Annie Moore was the first person to come to the USA through Ellis Island.

More than 12 million people arrived in America at Ellis Island between the years 1892 and 1954, coming from all parts of the world to live in the United States. But on the first day, it was 15-year old Annie Moore who was first. She was coming from County Cork in Ireland with her 2 younger brothers (Anthony and Phillip). Their parents were already in New York having travelled previously to get established. Annie and her siblings had spent 12 days on a ship, in the steerage compartment.

To commemorate her arrival, she got a $10 gold coin and there is now a statue of her on the island. Seven hundred other people were processed that day after Annie. (more…)

14 May 2013

Mitt Romney Family Tree

mitt romney's family tree and polygamous history

Mitt Romney’s Family Tree

It’s probably a little late in the game to focus on Mitt Romney now that the election is long over, but I was always drawn to his unusual Mormon background. The news often focused on the polygamy in his past, so I finally got around to looking into it a little bit more. But since multiple marriages don’t really show up in someone’s ancestry chart, you won’t see too much of that in this ahnentafel chart of Mitt Romney’s ancestors. I did mark the men who had multiple wives though, just for interest’s sake. (more…)

08 May 2013

Arkansas Vital Records

Some counties will have their own Arkansas vital records from 1881 (particularly Fort Smith and Little Rock), but otherwise the state collection starts in 1914. If you need to get copies for genealogy, this is how you go about it.

Restrictions on Arkansas Vital Records
There are tighter restrictions on birth records than on death records, but if you are looking for recent documents in either case you will have to be a family member. Birth records become open to the public after 100 years, and death records do so after only 50. Anything newer will only be released to a relative, though they do not require that you be an immediate relative, which can be helpful for genealogy purposes. You will need to supply proof, such as a copy of your own ID. (more…)

23 Apr 2013

Arizona Vital Records

When you’re looking for Arizona vital records, the state collection will usually get started around 1909, and individual counties can have their own records back farther to 1887.

Restrictions on Arizona Vital Records
As with most other states, Arizona vital records do become public domain after enough time has passed. Birth records that are older than 75 years, or 50 years for death records. Anything more recent than that will require you to be an immediate relative of the person on the record. You will have to provide a copy of your own government ID to prove your identity. (more…)

23 Apr 2013

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

Alaska Vital Records

The state of Alaska only started collecting vital records around 1913, so the state will only have material going back that far which gives it a much narrower window for genealogy studies. Individual courthouses or even churches may have documentation that is older. (more…)

01 Mar 2013

Alabama Vital Records

Most vital records in Alabama will range from 1908, though some counties will have records older than that (back to 1880 if you’re lucky). If you need to get copies of birth or death records from Alabama, here is where you can get started on your search. (more…)

26 Feb 2013

Census Records

Census records are a valuable and unique form of genealogy resource and its certain that you’ll be using them at some point in your research. Knowing what they contain and how they work is a good first step.

In America, there have been national census counts since 1790 and there has been one every 10 years since then. They are not all available online, but you can find many years in searchable or transcribed databases.

The first 1790 census was pretty sparse and didn’t hold the same type of information you’ll find in later years. That count only had the name of the household head, counts of the number of males and females (without names) and the number of slaves owned. Some of the 1790 census records have been lost or destroyed over the years and are no longer available. (more…)

07 Feb 2013