AKA – Nicknames

This is such a popular item in families today and has been for a number of decades, but not for forever. AKA – “Also known as”, was used to introduce pseudonyms, aliases, nicknames, working names, legalized names, pen names, and maiden names. Now nicknames have really grown to be very popular. You need one as […]

Finding Other Family Members

One of the greatest assets for adding to your family history is locating any previously unknown family members – such as distant cousins. They just might be able to provide some information, documents, or photos previously unknown to you. It was common practice decades ago to communicate with all of one’s family branches – share […]

Remembering Events of November 22nd

Doing a recollection of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, is important, not because one’s experience was in any way special, but because that life experience was in many ways typical, and because most Americans alive today have no memory of that terrible event. Many people do remember the terrorist […]

How Much Do You Look Like an Ancestor ?

If you have studied some of the family photos from any time frame notice a striking similarity with a living relative. Your niece, a sister, uncle etc living today could very well look like a great-grandmother, a great uncle, or 2nd cousin. After all, it is in the genes one’s characteristics. Some of the similar appears […]

Re-enacting Family Photos

What an opportunity and such a fun thing to do. Look back over the photos that were taken with you and your siblings — or with cousins or friends — really brings all of those memories back. It kind of makes you want to return to that very moment in time, doesn’t it? SO why […]

Coaxing Memories

With Thanksgiving and family gatherings over one to 5 days – it is a perfect occasion to start or continue gathering information from family members. Be prepared – have notes, collected dates, names and even photos that need identification. Include a camera, a recorder or video recorder to help get the information down. Before the […]