From Jersey Shore to Postiglione: Finding Italian Ancestors You never know when and where your Italian ancestors will show up. How one genealogist found her Italian ancestors on a most unusual family vacation. It was the summer of 2016. As was my extended family's tradition, we rented a house at the Jersey Shore for a week in the summer. As is the goal of all family vacations, the hope is to create new memories and forge stronger connections between members. That is why my family could not comprehend why I suddenly chose to spend a week devoted to the beach in my room with the air conditioner on full-blast. Honestly, I had come intending to spend hours with them on the sand. But that was before I received THE text message. It was from my genealogist friend, Cath. She had BIG news. The records from my ancestral Italian village, Postiglione, were available on Portale Antenati, the Italian Archives website. This was different from the kind of notification you dismiss …Read more
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Until recently, Irish family history research was considered problematic. But in recent years, individuals can do the bulk of their research online with many digitized records available from private and public entities. Getting Started with Irish Family History Online The first step to Irish research is to document all the information you know about your ancestors and check with older family members who are still living to get as much detail as possible from them. Finding the maiden names of the females in your family will save you hours of research. Next, do as much Irish family history research online as you can. If you decide to visit Ireland, bring a copy of your research with you to aid in requesting certificates or documents. 1st Wave of Irish Emigration- 1708 There were two large waves of emigration from Ireland to North America. The first group was mainly Presbyterians being persecuted by the Anglican Church. James McGregor, the founding father of …Read more
English ancestor research can be simplified when you understand the importance of historical dates and which records will hold the information you seek. In this conversation with Legacy Tree Genealogists Kimberly Gilboy, she shares tips and tricks she has learned over her years in English ancestor research. How did you get your start in genealogy research, and why is England of particular interest to you? Kim: I have English ancestors on both my father's and my mother's sides. I grew up in a town with my mother's family nearby, and three of my four great-grandparents lived well into their nineties. I remember particularly my great-grandmother, Grandma Forwood, who was from Kent. She grew up there and eventually emigrated to Canada. The grandparents from Kent were Mariners and Gardeners and emigrated to Canada in the early 1900s. My other grandparents were from Cornwall, and they were tin miners. They emigrated from Cornwall to Michigan and Montana, where mining was also …Read more
This is the first article in a series meant to introduce mortality schedules and the information contained within them. The follow-up article will include examples of interesting tidbits and intriguing stories that these records have helped to uncover. Across most of the United States, consistent, statewide registration of vital events, such as births, deaths, and marriages, did not begin until the twentieth century. For genealogists, this creates a gap that is sometimes difficult to fill. Mortality schedules, although limited in scope, can, on occasion, help address the shortfall and build crucial contextual understanding. How were mortality schedules developed? Vital registration began in England and Wales on 1 July 1837. Parishioners reported births, marriages, and deaths to a network of local registrars based on the parishes created under the Poor Law Act of 1834. Previously, the Church of England was required to keep similar records dating back as far as 1538. …Read more