Michael on Genealogy Connection

I recently had the pleasure of once again being interviewed by Drew Smith, one of the Genealogy Guys, for the Genealogy Connection podcast. We had an enjoyable time discussing the Benjamin Franklin genealogy project. We talked about English research, project management, and the first volume itself. You can listen to my interview now on the … Read moreMichael on Genealogy Connection

Update on New RootsMagic 8

RootsMagic is one of the best pieces of genealogical software available. Bruce Buzbee and his team have been working incredibly hard to finish the major update to version 8 of the software. And today he made a big announcement about the new version. There are so many moving parts to deal with when developing software. … Read moreUpdate on New RootsMagic 8

Announcing Benjamin Franklin’s Family, Volume 1:English Ancestors

Benjamin Franklin’s Family is a decades-long project to document the family of noted Revolutionary War patriot Benjamin Franklin. The first book in this multi-part series, Volume 1: English Ancestors, can now be purchased at Amazon for $25.99. This volume documents the history of the Franklin ancestors in England. The surname Franklin is a common one … Read moreAnnouncing Benjamin Franklin’s Family, Volume 1:English Ancestors

Handwriting vs. the Computer

The modern age has brought a movement away from writing with pen and paper. Younger people may look upon it as “old fashioned,” and perhaps there is a certain amount of truth to that. Yet studies have shown the benefits of writing by hand instead of typing on a computer.  There are other reasons why … Read moreHandwriting vs. the Computer

Researching Our LGBT Ancestors

As we celebrate 50 years since the Stonewall Riots, this year’s LGBTQ Pride Month is more significant than ever. It is a well-established fact that ever since there have been humans on the earth, there have been LGBTQ people. Noted historian John Boswell traced our history from our unions in Greco-Roman times to the Church-sanctified … Read moreResearching Our LGBT Ancestors

Time Will Not Dim the Glory Of their Deeds

Once again Memorial Day is upon us. It is one of three days each year in the United States that we honor military service: Armed Forces DayCelebrated last Saturday, this day is marked annually on the third Saturday of May. This is the day that we celebrate and express gratitude to those currently serving in … Read moreTime Will Not Dim the Glory Of their Deeds

World War I Burial Maps and Citizen Archivists

Preparing for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday next week, the National archives has released a valuable new set of digitized maps. These are maps of the original burial locations of World War I soldiers. During the war, there was often no time to send soldiers’ remains homes, or to bury them in cemeteries. Many soldiers … Read moreWorld War I Burial Maps and Citizen Archivists

What is a Family History Center?

I’m often asked what a Family History Center is. Many believe that this is just a generic term for a facility that has resources for family history. It is actually a term for a very specific facility, run by FamilySearch.  Many people are familiar with the FamilySearch website, but are less familiar with the physical … Read moreWhat is a Family History Center?

My SAR Journey: Application

Completing the application takes some time, but it is not overwhelming. Before starting to fill out the application form, be certain that you have completed all research. You will need a copy of your birth certificate and, if you are married, your marriage certificate. For every generation back from you to the Revolutionary War ancestor … Read moreMy SAR Journey: Application