7 Places to Host a Family Reunion without Busting the Budget

So, it’s time to host a family reunion, but you don’t have a large budget.  Where can you host a family reunion? State Park—many state parks have covered picnic area’s they rent out for a very reasonable rate. Most are … Continued

What was the primary religion of the Germans?

    Question: My ancestors came from Germany, but I don’t know the biggest religion of the Germans at that time. A quick search showed that most German’s were Lutherans and about 1/3 were Catholic. You also have the German … Continued

Many with my surname live in the same area but I can’t prove we are related

If they are all in the same area, than more than likely there is a common ancestor somewhere in the mix. However, finding that connection is not easy. Now, let me clarify.  If the surname is a common one such … Continued

Why does my Ancestor Appear Out of Nowhere?

Question: It seems as though for my situation my 2nd great grandfather Robert, who was the one born in 1818, just appeared one day. This is more common than we may think at first. I understand your pain about Robert … Continued

Why did my family not serve in the military?

Question: do you have any idea why or where I could look to find out why none of them were in the military at all during the Civil War, WWI or WWII?   Why was my ancestor not in the … Continued

3 Reasons to Save Your Family History off of Ancestry.com

I love Ancestry.com and they offer many wonderful services.  One of these services is to upload your family tree and attach records to that tree. This makes it very easy and convenient.  However, there are some reasons to save your … Continued

5 Questions to Consider when Exploring other Researchers Family Trees

If you use Ancestry.com you know that you have the option of exploring other researcher’s trees. There are times when these trees can be a gold mine, but other times when they can be a mine trap. However, there is … Continued