Going In-Depth with Scottish Convict Ancestors

Transported Prisoners who were sentenced to be transported were always tried in the High Court. The High Court is in Edinburgh, but would also travel a circuit to the major cities in Scotland. High Court trials were  before judge and jury. In the case of the High Court, the jury consisted of 15 men. The High Court trials were considered […]


My Trip to Hollywood 1

I’ll bet you’ve read an article or two with a title like, “History’s Best Cemeteries to Visit” or “The Five Most Beautiful Cemeteries for Genealogists.” We gobble up those articles. We’re eager to see if we’ve visited any of the historic graveyards on the list. As a rule family historians love a good cemetery! We don’t have to have a […]


Chit Chat Live: Tips and Tricks of Heritage Travel

This week, host Valerie Eichler Lair and the panel of Chit Chat Live discuss their favorite tips and tricks to heritage travel. Each panelist gives at least one great tip that you can use when planning your next trip. Links discussed in this episode: The Heritage Tourist Heritage Travel for Genealogists (FB Group) Scottish Genealogy Tips -N- Tricks On The […]


Jewish Burial Information: A Treasure Trove of Information 2

Deceased ancestors leave behind a lot of information about themselves and their families—and even moreso in some cases when they are Jewish. Because of the data that can be found on Jewish gravestones and burial records, as well as understanding the potential relevance of a plot’s location in a particular part of a cemetery, Jewish burial information can yield a […]