Congratulations you’ve found your first historical document for your ancestor from Mexico! Now the question is where do I go from here? For many beginning researchers, the next steps can make all the difference in future success or frustration. So where do you go from here?. . .
The Puritans were a group of English Protestants who rose to prominence in the 16th and 17th centuries. After Henry VIII broke ties with the Catholic Church in 1534. Many Protestants believed that the reforms made to the religious structure of England had not gone anywhere near far enough. Shortly after the accession of Elizabeth I in 1558, these Protestants began to organize and started an activist movement within the Church of England.
For over a century the Puritans campaigned for. . .
You may think you have gathered all the details you can about your ancestors, but Janet O’Conor Camarata has work for you to do. In fact, Ms. Camarata can lead you to minutia you never dreamed existed.
Camarata is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and lectures at genealogy societies, libraries, and conferences. One of her specialties is Antiquus Morbus: Diseases and Causes of Death. . .
“The venerable John Adams, late President of the United States, one of the ablest and most efficient advocates and supporters of the Revolution, an original signer of the Declaration of Independence, a patriot and statesman, whose career was full of honor, whose life, services, talents, and virtues were the pride and glory of the nation, expired at his residence in Quincy, Mass. on the 4th day of July, at the advanced age of 92.”
This famous opening to the obituary of John Adams in the New-York Statesman captures the life, accomplishments, and spirit of an American Founding Father. His status as a patriot who served his nation is celebrated, his impact on history canonized.
City of New York, 1856. (Castle Garden at the bottom left). Sketched and drawn on stone by C. Parsons (Currier & Ives). From the U.S. Map Collection, 1513-1990 on Ancestry
Posted by Juliana Szucs on April 6, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site Our immigrant ancestors’ journey to America is an important part of the family story. Your ancestor probably entered through any of the more than 70 federal immigrant stations located along the country’s shores, the most famous of which was New York. In our latest free research guide, we’ve gathered interesting details you might not know about 6 major U.S. immigration ports – New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Boston, Galveston, New Orleans, and San Francisco. Here are just a few: . . .
March 30, 2015 By Debra Woods Here is a harrowing Easter tale that is its own little family history miracle. My grandmother, Justina Davidovich, was born in the Ukraine. She left her homeland in 1913 at the age of 18, and first settled near Toronto, Canada in a large Ukrainian community where ethnic traditions were honored and passed down to the next generation.
Her nephew, John Maslo and his wife Kaye of Niagara Falls, New York, mastered the traditional Ukrainian art of decorating Easter eggs, called pysanky, and three of their beautiful, fragile, intricately designed eggs were given as gifts to my mother around . . .
There is an African proverb that says "When an old man dies, a library is lost."
While most would consider their daily lives to be uninteresting and therefore not worthy of documentation; the reality is each record shows that trials are universal and how each individual deals with life is priceless.
Aaron Holt, National Archivist says "It only takes three generations to lose a piece of oral family history." The stories you know from your family right now, if not shared, or better yet documented, will be lost to the next generation. . .
My husband inherited several dozen Civil War–era letters from his great-great-grandmother Susan (Berry) Dill and her daughter, Ida Alice Dill, who lived in Sangamon and Christian Counties, Illinois. Ida married Frank Stratton, the brick wall in my husband’s ancestry. One day, in frustration at not finding anything about Frank, I took to Google and entered a string of names and dates from the letters: George Elizabeth Susan Benjamin Berry Christian County Illinois 1850 1860—something like that. If no clue to Frank turned up, I figured, I would learn more about the Berrys. And indeed I did. . .
Ancestry.com uses a wonderfully intuitive way to show you hints which could help you discover new information about the ancestors on your family tree. When I open my family tree on the Ancestry.com site, the first thing I notice is a little animated “shaky leaf” next to almost every name on the tree. These little icons are an indication that there are resources available on Ancestry that may provide additional information about that individual! . . .
We like to think Shakespeare was channeling his inner family historian when he penned the famous line “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Talk to any expert genealogist and they will tell you that relying on an ancestor’s name alone can be a mistake. It can be a tough thing to wrap your head around name variations because the times we live in are so different than they were 100+ years ago. The first American dictionary wasn’t published until 1828, and estimates for 1905 state that even then 20 percent of American adults couldn’t read or write. Literacy rates in the U.S. today are believed to be near universal, hence our belief in standardized spelling. The much quoted (and difficult to attribute) phrase “a man must be a great fool who can’t spell a word more than one way” reflects an era very different from ours.
Angie Harmon’s family history journey began with her 5th great-grandfather Michael Harman, and the spelling of his last name with an “a” instead of an “o” quickly caught her eye. The . . .