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Chit Chat Live: Interview with Juliana Szucs   Recently updated !

This week our host, Valerie Eichler Lair sits down with Juliana Szucs. They discuss Juliana’s career with Ancestry.com as well as the popular Declaration commercial that premiered over the Fourth of July holiday. Grab your favorite cuppa, sit back and enjoy.


Working from Home   Recently updated !

Many of our female ancestors combined their family responsibilities with working from home. These ‘home industries’ were usually undertaken on a piece-work basis, with the raw materials being delivered weekly and the finished products being collected and paid for the following week. This was often an activity that the rest of the family could also participate in, with the younger […]


JewishGen: The Go-To Site for Jewish Genealogy 5   Recently updated !

Anyone who has Ashkenazic Jewish ancestry—or even ancestry from Eastern Europe in general—should be familiar with JewishGen. While an account is required, registration is free (although they do gladly accept donations). JewishGen is truly the go-to site for Jewish genealogy. For those new to JewishGen, JewishGen has a huge “getting started” section which helps its users understand some of the […]


Have You Hit This Point Yet   Recently updated !

ou’ve set aside time to research your Civil War ancestor. You’ve checked loads of records. You’ve found his company and regiment. You know his enlistment dates and the battles he fought. You’ve put together a nifty timeline but there’s one large gapping hole. You have no idea where he’s buried. So what do you do? How do you go about […]


Who Needs This Junk? Ephemera as Family History Evidence 1

Looked at the census, check. Got on a major commercial or non-commercial site, check. I think my research is done at last. I do not think so. We look first for the standard genealogical information of births, marriages and deaths to determine biological descent (we are leaving out adoptions etc.as that would be another whole column). But there is far […]