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

Genealogy Tip: What’s His Name Again?

Genealogists pay careful attention to names, searching diligently to find the complete names of every relative. But sometimes those names have been changed. Recently actor David Hasselhoff changed his name to a shortened version: David Hoff. It might be that … Continue reading

Catawba Pottery: A Living Tradition

Introduction: Duncan Kuehn is a professional genealogist with over nine years of client experience. She has worked on several well-known projects, such as “Who Do You Think You Are?” In this blog post, Duncan searches old newspapers to learn more … Continue reading

Old Family Recipes Found in Library’s Collection

You are probably looking at your file of old family recipes as you plan for the holidays. In addition to your collection of recipes, there just might be old family recipes in the collections of a library. For example, the … Continue reading

User Success Story: Debby Abad Breaks Through Her Brick Wall!

Every genealogist has experienced it: hitting the dreaded “brick wall” – when you reach a dead end in your family history research, unable to find any more records to fill in the missing names, dates or places of your ancestor’s … Continue reading

Family Holiday Traditions

Many of us have holiday traditions that have persisted for years – and have even been passed down through the generations. Dr. Charles Crouch and his family of Petersburg, Virginia, had a long-running family tradition: they sent the Abner T. … Continue reading

Kentucky Archives: 102 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

Kentucky became the young nation’s 15th state when it joined the Union on 1 June 1792. Famous for its horse farms, horse racing, and bourbon distilleries, Kentucky is the 37th largest state in the country and the 26th most populous. … Continue reading

Mayflower Hat Maker: Degory Priest

Are you a descendant of Mayflower passenger Degory Priest? If you are, then please tell us your line. According to Wikipedia, Degory Priest: was a hat maker from London who married Sarah, sister of Pilgrim Isaac Allerton in Leiden. He … Continue reading