If there’s any problem that’s bigger than not finding anything about your ancestors, it’s finding too many records with people of the same name to make sense of it all. That’s when genealogists use the concepts of time and place in genealogy like a set of cross-hairs to hone in on records that relate to their family.Time and Place in Genealogy ResearchWhat does "time and place" mean to the family historian? It means putting yourself in the time and place of the ancestor for whom you are searching, which will result in enhancing your chances of doing the most thorough search of all available documents.Navigating Family Tree HintsIf you are building a family tree online – whether it’s on MyHeritage, FamilySearch or Ancestry.com – the website is likely to serve up hints about the ancestors whose names you enter as well as suggestions for their ancestors.Learning the history of an area you are researching – as well as things such as the naming practices of a particular time …Read more
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Searching for a female ancestor? Check the newspaper social columns!Tracing our female ancestors and learning about their lives can be a difficult proposition in American family history research, so it is important to leave no stone unturned and utilize all the tools available to the genealogist in that endeavor. One such crucial tool in the 19th and 20th centuries is the local newspaper, and the social columns in particular.Newspaper Social Columns: 19th Century Social MediaIn the years prior to the online connectedness of Facebook, blogs, and Instagram, communities used a section of the local newspaper to report on the goings-on of the neighbors. Even in the smallest, rural communities, the daily or weekly publications were home to brief social commentary—who had a baby, who was sick in the hospital, who was in town visiting relatives, and who attended Mrs. Smith’s 75th birthday party. In most cases, these kernels can be fun bits of information, flesh on the bones of our …Read more
Legacy Tree works with researchers all over the world to access records for our clients. We asked one of our onsite researchers, located in Vienna, Austria, to share his experiences with genealogy research in Vienna archives and offices.Until 1919, Vienna was the capital of one of the largest empires in Europe, and many people passed through Vienna, or produced records that are now held in archives in Vienna. With close to two million inhabitants, Vienna is a population center likely to be involved when researching families from the former Austro-Hungarian Empire.When the parish books of Vienna’s Catholic parishes for births, marriages and deaths from before 1938 (births from before 1918) were put online a few years ago, the necessity for onsite genealogy research in Vienna was significantly reduced.However, many other records are still offline and can be found in different places around town. Here is a selection of archives, offices and other places, and what they hold in …Read more
Have you used school records in your family history research? If not, you may want to start!Fall is definitely on its way. There is a crispness in the air, the leaves are starting to change colors, college football is in full swing. And for many, the kids are back in school. Backpacks, pencil boxes, notebook paper, and crayons have become a regular part of life again along with paperwork—and there is a lot of it. The school has registration packets to be filled out for each student. Every teacher has their own paperwork that needs to be filled out. There are lunch forms and school nurse forms and the list goes on. As the mother of nine children, I have done my fair share of complaining about the amount of paperwork I have to complete so that my children can go to school. And it’s the same exact paperwork that I have filled out for the past ten years.School Records Can Be a Valuable Genealogy ResourceAs a professional genealogist, I have worked with different kinds of …Read more