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

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

My SAR Journey: Service

Some French-Canadians joined the Americans in fighting against the British, fighting side-by-side with those who were not that long ago their sworn enemies. Many joined militias in the colonies that bordered Canada, especially in New York. Those who have French-Canadian ancestors who appeared early (prior to 1850) in the United States should look or evidence … Read moreMy SAR Journey: Service

Myths in History: What is “Common Knowledge?”

According to the Board for Certification of Genealogists, the standards for documenting call for genealogists to “identify the sources of all substantive information and images they gather, use, or plan to gather or use, except sources of ‘common knowledge’ beyond disputes, such as the years of major historical events.” [1] The problem is, what about when “common … Read moreMyths in History: What is “Common Knowledge?”

Free Online Colonial Massachusetts Records

The Colonial Society of Massachusetts was founded at Boston in 1892 to promote the study of Massachusetts history from the earliest settlements to the beginning of the nineteenth century. The Society occasionally convenes conferences on the subject. It is a member organization of the Ne England Regional Fellowship Consortium. And it is co-sponsor, with the … Read moreFree Online Colonial Massachusetts Records

Archaeology and Genealogy

When doing genealogical research, we become familiar with local history. Knowing and understanding the history of the areas where our ancestors lived can make a big difference in research success. It can also make a difference in understanding our ancestors’ lives and telling their stories. One area of local history that often gets overlooked is … Read moreArchaeology and Genealogy

My SAR Journey

Aside from family associations, French-Canadians do not have a large number of lineage societies. Part of that may come from the fact that, compared to the United States, Canada has a relatively peaceful history. Thus there are few opportunities for those of us of French-Canadian descent to join one of these groups. Recently, however, this … Read moreMy SAR Journey

Quebec’s Notarial Records

Our French-Canadian ancestors left us a rich resource in the Catholic parish registers. While these provide us with a great skeleton of vital information (showing us when and where our ancestors were born, married and died), there is much more to learning about our ancestors’ lives than that. Quebec’s legal system is much more complicated … Read moreQuebec’s Notarial Records