Legacy Tree Genealogists’ Stacy Siirilä Johnson is a second-generation Finnish American and a native of Michigan. She is accredited for research in France, has bachelor’s degrees in history and French, and specializes in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Germany. We asked Stacy about her experiences in Finnish research to learn more about the nuances of researching ancestors from Finland. Q: What got you interested in genealogy and your areas of research? A: Everyone has a story to tell. My mother died when I was 15 years old, and ever since then, I have been interested in the past. History is fascinating to me, plus I just really loved learning about people's lives. I started out learning French and went to France when I was in high school. From there, a love for languages and other countries was sparked. I then wanted to learn about my paternal grandparents, who came to the United States from Finland. I also went to Finland and fell in love with the language, its …Read more
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One of the challenges genealogists find when researching female ancestors is the lack of resources that document their lives. Legacy Tree Genealogists’ Allison McCord helps celebrate Women’s History Month by showcasing three women born in the mid-1800s, documented through the 1900 U.S. Census, which required more detailed information than any previous census. As Women’s History Month is celebrated in March, have you been wondering about the history of the women in your family tree? Women’s History Month fits like a glove with genealogical research. Who were your four great-grandmothers? What did the lives of these women look like at the turn of the 20th century?An excellent resource for discovering more about the women in your family tree is the 1900 U.S. Census. Available for searching the major genealogy databases such as MyHeritage, Ancestry, and FamilySearch, this enumeration required more information than any previous census. For the first time that census asked for the …Read more
Legacy Tree Genealogists’ researcher Jamie Kay shares a case study that demonstrates how she resolved a “brick wall” to extend the ancestry of a client’s British grandmother, who was sent to Canada in 1877. (Shared with client permission.)A client recently asked for assistance in extending the ancestry of her grandmother, Helen Lilley, who was sent to Canada in 1877 from an orphanage in Glasgow by her maternal grandmother, Helen Gray. Helen’s father had passed away and it was said that her mother was “leading an immoral life.”The client was an experienced researcher and had already documented the 1849 birth of Jessie Gray, the little girl’s mother, who was born in Tobermory, Argyll, Scotland, to master mariner Alexander Gray and his wife Helen MacLean. Copies of census records for the family were provided, including the 1871 Scotland census from Glasgow showing widowed Helen Gray with her two daughters, Jessie Lillie and Mary Gray, confirming their births were in …Read more
Tracing ancestors can be complex when your family emigrates from another country. Research is especially complicated for Eastern Europe, where many countries experienced border and name changes over the years. Legacy Tree Genealogists' Michelle Chubenko provides tools and tips for identifying and researching ancestral villages in Europe.In the past 150 years, Central and Eastern Europe have seen numerous border changes. While researchers may be familiar with the modern successor states, familiarity and knowledge of the historical geography and Empires are paramount. Today the landscape of Central and Eastern Europe includes Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech, Croatia, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Poland, Russia (Federation), Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine.You don’t need to rely only on Wikipedia to provide historical information for your ancestral location. There are also other readily available tools for you to …Read more