New Family Story Find: My 18th Century Uncle Jonathan Dore

Last year I wrote about my relative Elizabeth (Meader) Hanson (1684-1737) who, along with her children, was kidnapped by Abenaki Indians on 7 September 1724 and taken to the Indians’ village along the St. Francis River in Canada. They were held there for over two years. (See: Find & Preserve Your Family’s Stories.) Powerful.... (Read More)

Where to Put That Old Family Journal Online?

Do you have an old family journal or diary from your ancestor? What are you doing with it? Curt Balmer transcribed his great-grandfather’s journal. The old journal is a record of John Balmer (1819-1898) and Margaret Ann (Carey) Balmer (1831-1890). The Balmers were born in Ireland and moved to Ontario, Canada. John’s journal recorded... (Read More)

Irish American Immigration History Facts & Infographic

In celebration of Irish Heritage Month, here are some interesting facts about Irish heritage facts. Irish in America; Population Statistics There are 34.5 million people who claim Irish ancestry in America Approximately 11% of the total United States population is Irish American There are over 7 times more people of Irish descent in the... (Read More)

Edwardsville Spectator Illinois Newspaper Archives (1819-1826)

Edwardsville Spectator Illinois Newspaper Archives (1819-1826) – live on GenealogyBank. A good source for early Illinois obituaries! GenealogyBank is your best source for early American genealogical research – search thousands of early U.S. newspapers.TIP: With so few records surviving from the 18th and 19th Century – these historical newspapers are often your only source... (Read More)

Revolutionary War Soldier Burial Records

Genealogists want to know about their Revolutionary War ancestors – what they did in the war – where they lived and where they died. GenealogyBank has the answer. One of the important contributions that the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) has made over the past 119 years is their effort to locate and... (Read More)