Discovering colonial American ancestors is a frequent request we receive at Legacy Tree Genealogists. Colonial ancestors pose a unique challenge to the genealogist in that they often appear in many online family trees, but those trees frequently lack sufficient documentation. Eliminating the purely speculative and identifying verified relationships and accurate data is the goal. Here we share three of our favorite online resources for finding colonial ancestors.1. AmericanAncestors.orgThis fantastic subscription-based website is the creation of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. NEHGS was founded in 1845 and is the oldest genealogical society in the United States. As such, they have had nearly two centuries to gather and preserve materials pertinent to family history. According to their “about” page AmericanAncestors.org presents “more than 1.4 billion records spanning twenty-two countries” and is “one of the most extensive online collections of early American …Read more
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Using government reports for genealogy can add valuable social and historical context to our research.Have you ever wondered what the weather was like the day an ancestor was born? Or what the conditions were in the orphanage where Grandma lived? Was there an epidemic that could explain your great-grandfather’s early death?As family historians, we frequently have questions about the “why” and “how” of our ancestors’ lives. Answers to these questions and more can be found in one often overlooked source: the reports of state and local government.Like federal agencies, state and local governments frequently were required by law to regularly report to the public on their activities. Examples of these divisions include: State institutions, including asylums, reform schools, institutes for the visually and hearing impaired, veterans homes, state orphanages, and sanitariums. Departments of state government, such as the board of health, children’s services, weather, and …Read more
Legacy Tree Genealogists works with researchers from across the globe to access records for our clients. We asked one of our onsite researchers to share tips for family history research in England.Records are cataloged by time, place and dates, and even if approximate, dates are necessary to begin research. In this article we share a case study to illustrate how to calculate approximate dates to begin family history research in England.Family History Research in England: The Davies FamilyIn this illustration, we began with the dates from the information inscribed on a family grave for the Davies family. Gravestones hold a wealth of information and if you do not live near the graveyard, look online is www.findagrave.com. The information recorded on Samuel Davies’ gravestone provided the death date of 23 June 1965 at age 80. Samuel’s wife, Minnie Davies gravestone provided that she died 26 July 1972, at the age of 86. Also, listed on the grave marker was two of their children …Read more
Your AncestryDNA results are in. Maybe you’ve always been interested in genealogy, or perhaps you received the test as a gift, and really have no idea what to expect. There is a learning curve to understand DNA test results, even for seasoned genealogists.AncestryDNA’s test is an autosomal DNA test, which looks at chromosomes 1-22 and the X-chromosome and provides information about many relationships and ancestors from both paternal and maternal ancestral lines. This post focuses on AncestryDNA’s results, but several other companies which offer autosomal DNA testing, including MyHeritage, 23andMe, and Family Tree DNA, provide similar features.Autosomal DNA results include ethnicity predictions, as well as a “match list” – a listing of other testers, or genetic cousins, with whom you share DNA. While the ethnicity prediction is the feature that prompts many people to test, the cousin matching features contain significant information about your biological family and their …Read more