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Interesting stories, investigative articles, product reviews and how-to guides for the modern genealogist. is a family history travel blog. Learn tips for historical genealogical research in Ireland or read interviews with professional genealogists.
2 April 2019
Using the detail from's marriage index record to locate an online digital copy of the original record at
21 November 2018
A look at heated rhetoric of the 1940 U.S. Presidential Election between Democrat Franklin Roosevelt and Republican Wendell Willkie before the 2018 midterms.
5 November 2018
Library of Virginia Land Patents and Grants and how to use this record set. Virginia land records offer a wealth of knowledge for genealogical researchers.
22 October 2018
In 1864 Abraham Lincoln faced a tough re-election fight. History shows heated political rhetoric is nothing new, a reminder as we approach the 2018 midterms.
22 October 2018
Exploring some outrageous episodes in American political history and examining the Election of 1828.
8 October 2018
Is it safe to take a DNA test? Exploring concerns regarding law enforcement's access to your DNA.
11 September 2018
Transcription and translation of a German birth certificate provided by Heritage Research and posted with permission of the client. Foreign language services.
7 May 2018
The Golden State Killer case catches our attention because genealogical research features heavily in the investigation and shows the privacy implications.
7 May 2018
The history of the word spirits and the reasoning behind the term being used to describe some alcohol.
7 May 2018
Celebrating the 86th anniversary of the first World Cup and a brief history of The Beautiful Game.
12 July 2016
The best genealogical research guides for Texas from the National Genealogical Society and how to organize your own.
9 July 2016
The history behind the Barbie Doll and her racy origins and how she became one of the most popular toys in America.
8 March 2016
Nicholas Appert was invented the canning process in the early 19th century and in 1858, Ezra Warner invented the can opener.
23 October 2015
Where did the word y'all come from? History of the word y'all and its disputed origins.
29 September 2015
How to Use's Public Member Trees wisely and how to avoid the pitfall of furthering flawed research.
15 August 2015
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, to give birth to her second child, Princess Charlotte.
30 April 2015
Report from the 15th annual Family History Fair hosted by the East Texas Genealogical Society in Tyler, Texas.
16 March 2015
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