Genealogy Friday: Don’t believe EVERYTHING you see

The hunt to find our family history has exploded with the advent of the internet. Research is at the tip of our fingertips and records are much easier to find than ever before. However, with this ease of information we … Continued

Traditions of Christmas: Christmas Carols

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Christmas Carols originated as pagan dance rituals and gained popularity during the American Civil War.  Huge choruses began assembling and singing carols to celebrate the Messiah’s birth.  By 1928 there were over 2000 American cities with carolers. Most popular Christmas … Continued

Genealogy Friday: The Importance of sources in Genealogy

Sources are very important in genealogy.  These provide the proof that is needed to document each person’s life. In genealogy there is such a things as a standard of proof.  Too often information is provided that is inaccurate and untrue. … Continued

Traditions of Christmas: Mistletoe

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Mistletoe is from the Old English words mistle [dung] and tan [twig]. It springs to life from bird droppings on the tree branch. It was considered sacred and people were in awe because it could live when nothing else did. … Continued

Genealogy Friday: 7 Ways to Find lost children in Genealogy Records

Where or where has the missing child gone?  This is often a question when searching for children of a core group. So how do you find them? Search obituaries—do the parents or siblings obituaries give any hints to a married … Continued

Traditions of Christmas: The Christmas Tree

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Each Wednesday during the Christmas season we are going to take a look at the  origins of some of our Christmas traditions. The Christmas Tree was originally a pagan symbol of fertility and regeneration.  The evergreen was a symbol to … Continued

Celebrate the History of Thanksgiving

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  Thanksgiving is upon us!  However, many of our ancestors did not celebrate the modern Thanksgiving we know today. Yes, the first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621.  Not until George Washington was President, was another Thanksgiving celebrated … Continued

Genealogy Friday: When Families Intermarry

Are you searching for children for an ancestor and wondering where they went? You may want to try searching the records of neighbors and other family members in the same area. I have a couple of family groups that lived … Continued