Legacy Tree Genealogists' Jessica Howe specializes in finding unknown ancestors. In this article, we discover some tips for identifying women in historical records by learning how cultural differences worldwide affect names and naming practices.Suppose you have searched for female relatives in online databases. In that case, there is a good chance you've come across an alternate spelling of their name or found that they went by a completely different name throughout different records. Here are a few tips to identify your female ancestor in documents:Consider Your Ancestor May Have Used a NicknameIt is not uncommon to find records for women who were listed as Betsy (Margaret), Sally (Sarah), Polly (Mary), or Tilly (Matilda), later finding out their given name was completely different due to nicknames for the period. Take Accents into ConsiderationGeographic accents play a significant role in recalling relatives' names and places and often influence how documents are …Read more
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Genealogy is not only about researching family history, it's about pulling the family closer together with a common interest. Legacy Tree Genealogists' Ryan Rockwood explains how family tree research is often a family affair in which family members assume their unique and valuable roles.A few weeks ago, my wife tragically lost her grandpa Tom after sustaining brain injuries due to a fall. It was shocking and heartbreaking, especially since he was in relatively normal health beforehand. As is customary, my wife and I traveled to his home to gather with family, grieve, support, plan, and remember. My mother-in-law began rummaging through storage bins looking for any old pictures or belongings of her father; things she could share with her extended family members attending the funeral. She returned with a large box of photos, notes, journal entries, and mementos from Tom's early adult years. We spent some time passing around these photos, journal snippets, memories, and …Read more
Let's say you trace your family tree and discover your ancestors were born in Scotland. Where do you go from there? One of our onsite researchers provides some tips and explains that the amount of information you can find depends on when your ancestors left Scotland.Birth, Marriage, Death and Census Records The primary sources for research in Scotland are certificates of birth, certificates of marriage, certificates of death, and census records.The 1841 census was the first census in Scotland to list individuals by name. There has been a census taken every ten years since then (except for 1941). Information from censuses is sealed for 100 years, so the most recent one available is 1911 (although the 1921 census will be available soon). The census lists everyone's name, relationship to the head of the family, age, marital status, occupation, and birthplace, with one or two exceptions. Compulsory Statutory Registration of births, marriages, and deaths began in Scotland …Read more
Legacy Tree Genealogists' Sheri Bennett provides some personal insight into how the love for genealogy can spread from one generation to the next. What starts as an interest shared by family can become an incurable obsession that spreads from one generation to the next.Genealogy begins as an interest, becomes a hobby, sometimes continues as a vocation, takes over as an obsession, and finally becomes an incurable disease. I have seen this in my own life and now in the lives of my children and grandchildren.Interesting StoriesMy grandmother Zola was not the quintessential grandmother who pulled hot chocolate chip cookies out of the oven when her grandchildren visited. My grandmother pulled out her stories. Many of the stories she told us were from the lives of our ancestors. She had a way of bringing magic into their ordinary lives and making each one a hero, instilling a sense of belonging and pride in each of her grandchildren.She told us about our fifth …Read more