Doing genealogy often means piecing together scraps of information from various compiled family stories and documents to reconstruct our family history. Sound genealogical research demands that we, as researchers, place each fact into proper context and evaluate each piece in light of the whole picture. This valuable gathering of facts and supporting them through documentation can be side-railed if we allow common genealogical myths to dictate our research conclusions. myth /miTH/ During our first steps as the family genealogist, we can be led astray by genealogical myths that color our interpretation of the facts and information we gather. At first, it may be hard to recognize the lore in a story that has been passed down. However, as we expand our education and hone our skills as family historians, we can learn to separate fact from fiction. This post discusses common genealogical myths that make the rounds in genealogical discussions worldwide. As genealogists …Read more
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Legacy Tree Genealogists had an exciting and busy week at RootsTech 2018, the largest genealogy conference in the world. Conference-goers gathered in Salt Lake City, Utah by the thousands, from around the world. We enjoyed mingling with so many others who share our passion for genealogy. The theme of the conference was “Connect. Belong.” We had the opportunity to connect with many attendees at our booth in the Expo Hall, where we also provided question and answer sessions on various topics, including genealogy research in Germany, France, Switzerland, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Ireland and more.Legacy Tree Genealogists was once again invited to participate as a RootsTech Ambassador for 2018. As such, Legacy Tree president Jessica Taylor and marketing manager Amber Brown were invited to attend the Media dinner Tuesday evening, where they had the opportunity to mingle with other ambassadors and get a sneak-peek into the exciting events planned for the coming week. Hundreds of …Read more
Our partners at MyHeritage, the leading global destination for family history and DNA testing, announced the launch of a new pro bono initiative, DNA Quest, to help adoptees and their birth families reunite through genetic testing. As part of this initiative, MyHeritage will provide 15,000 MyHeritage DNA kits, worth more than one million dollars, for free, with free shipping, to eligible participants. Participation is open to adoptees seeking to find their biological family members, and to anyone looking for a family member who was placed for adoption. Preference will be given to people who are not able to afford genetic testing. The first phase of the initiative is open to USA residents, involving adoptions that took place in the USA. Application opens today on the project website, www.dnaquest.org, which includes detailed information about the initiative. Many of the approximately 7 million adoptees living in the USA today are searching for their biological parents or siblings. …Read more
Where extant, church records can be an enormous boon to genealogical research. Catholic records in particular are some of the best in the world for three reasons: first, because of the level of family detail they tend to include; second, because of their far reach into the past—sometimes as distant as the late 1500s; and third, for their generally high level of accessibility to researchers today. We at Legacy Tree Genealogists have traced Catholic ancestors for our clients in places like Latin America, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Eastern Europe, but Catholicism is also found worldwide in other far-flung places like Vietnam, the Philippines, Caribbean nations, and the Middle East. Background The Roman Catholic Church is and has historically been the largest Christian denomination in the world, and even today remains the official state church of numerous countries. Catholics believe in (among others) the sacraments of infant baptism, marriage, and burial, …Read more