She Had the Best Laugh!

What a great tribute. This obituary for Effie Mae Sanders says: She had the best laugh – loud and hearty and she was always cheerful. No one could walk past the house without a ‘hello’ from Effie. Yes, her obituary … Continue reading

For the 12 Days of Christmas: 12 Types of Newspaper Articles for Genealogy Research, Part II

Introduction: Gena Philibert-Ortega is a genealogist and author of the book “From the Family Kitchen.” In this blog article, Gena gives examples of six types of newspaper articles that can help with your family history research. Still looking for your … Continue reading

For the 12 Days of Christmas: 12 Types of Newspaper Articles for Genealogy Research, Part I

Introduction: Gena Philibert-Ortega is a genealogist and author of the book “From the Family Kitchen.” In this blog article, Gena gives examples of six types of newspaper articles that can help with your family history research. On the 12th day … Continue reading

Want to Involve the Grandkids in Family History? Tip #3

With families gathering for the Holidays, you’ll be able to spend time with the grandkids. Want to get them interested in family history? Make it fun! Try this. Show them the front page of a newspaper from the day they … Continue reading

A Tale of 4 Early Obituaries: Are You Missing Their Clues?

Introduction: Mary Harrell-Sesniak is a genealogist, author and editor with a strong technology background. In this blog article, Mary shows how small references and brief mentions in obituaries can provide clues to help your family history research. Obituaries are the … Continue reading

Squirrels Came to the Rescue of Washington’s Troops in Valley Forge

The difficult winter of 1777-1778 nearly destroyed the Army when General George Washington and the American Continental Army were camped at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. The damp and cold conditions, combined with disease, malnutrition and exposure, killed 2,500 of Washington’s 12,000 … Continue reading

Louisiana Archives: 97 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

Louisiana became the nation’s 18th state when it joined the Union on 30 April 1812. Famous, among other things, for the multi-cultural melting pot that is New Orleans, Louisiana is the 31st largest state in the country and the 25th … Continue reading

Tough First Winter for Our Mayflower Ancestors

Our Mayflower ancestors must have been a tough bunch, building the new Plymouth Colony during that first difficult winter of 1620-1621 when so many of them died due to illness and exposure. It is recorded that 45 of the 102 … Continue reading

Go West Old Maid! Some of Our Unmarried Ancestors Did

Introduction: Gena Philibert-Ortega is a genealogist and author of the book “From the Family Kitchen.” In this blog article, Gena searches old newspapers to learn about a time – in 1898 – when the U.S. government published a report and … Continue reading