Genealogy Friday: Search Ethnic Cluster Groups

Often when people emigrated from another country, they would join family that had already come to the new country. Many of these ethnic groups lived in clusters.  We’ve all heard of Chinatown.  This is a popular tourists attraction now, but … Continued

When an Ancestor is buried on Private Property

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I have several ancestors buried on private property.  Checking to see if a cemetery is on private or public property is important before planning a visit. Before going to visit, call and inquire if the owners mind if you visit … Continued

Genealogy Friday: What is the Difference between Immigration vs. Emigration

So we’ve seen immigration and emigration. We know that both are when you leave one country or area and move to another.   However, what is the difference? Immigration is when a person leaves the area for another area.  S/he … Continued

Genealogy Friday: How Cluster Genealogy Can Break Brick walls

You’ve heard the term cluster genealogy.  However, what is it? Cluster genealogy is researching extended family groups and neighbors in the area.  Why is it important? Brick walls can be broken down and other information revealed by researching other family … Continued

Genealogy Friday: 9 Tips for Cemetery Hopping

I’ve shared before about cemetery hopping, however recently I didn’t even listen to my own advice. In the process I learned a few more lessons I want to share: Have good walking shoes—you may be there for a while Have … Continued

Genealogy Friday: 7 Tips to Planning for a Research Trip

Last summer, when I took a research trip I thought I had all of the information I needed. However, throughout the course of the trip I realized I didn’t. Part of this was because I’d never been to the area … Continued

Genealogy Friday: Writing Family History Stories for children

We’ve discussed turning a family story into an artistic piece of writing. However, what about children’s stories? I’ve uncovered some family legends and histories that I thought would make great children’s story. So how do I determine if it is … Continued

Genealogy Friday: Turning a family story into a novel

Do you have an interesting family story? Do you have the knack for telling or writing a good story? I have always been interested in the journey my ancestors took from SC to MO around 1815. This invokes questions such … Continued

Genealogy Friday: Tracing meaning of Surname

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So you want to know what your surname means? Today, this is much easier than in the past.  You can Google “McKee family name meaning” and the results will pop up.  The name means son of Aodha.  The word Aodha … Continued