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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 […]

Dallas Public Library and FamilySearch Team Up to Digitize Collection

The Dallas Public Library and FamilySearch International have teamed up in order to digitize the Dallas Public Library’s extensive family history book collection. This initiative will expand free patron access worldwide to the Dallas Public Library’s historical records. The Dallas Public Library is located in Dallas, Texas. It strengthens communities by connecting people, inspiring curiosity […]

1940s – New York City

If you lived or an ancestor lived in the different boroughs of New York City in the 1940s, you will want to look over the collection just placed by New York City Municipal Archives Online Gallery with over 900,000 images of places in the city. Most are photo images, other videos, maps, and audio recordings. […]

Ancestry Launches AncestryDNA Traits

Ancestry announced the launch of something new – AncestryDNA Traits. It is a fun and innovative way for you to further explore who you are and where you come from. AncestryDNA Traits is a new interactive experience that allows you to discover traits and attributes that are influenced by your DNA. You can explore up […]


One’s family names / surnames are always interesting to research. Not only learning the origins of a surname, its original spellings or variations but especially if there were any notable or famous individuals who shared that surname in their ancestral lineage. Using the online ‘Master Surname List‘ by Famous Kin site there might quite of […]

Cloverdale Library Awarded FamilySearch Affiliate Status

Cloverdale Library is part of the Surrey Library system and is located in Surrey’s historic town center. They have one of the largest Canadian family history collections. Cloverdale Library recently received Affiliate Library status from FamilySearch. FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have privileges to limited-access FamilySearch databases. Public or university libraries, archives, museums, or genealogical societies can […]

Hugs and Kisses

You surely have come across ancestor’s letters and cards which had at least one or two ‘X’s’ and ‘Os’ on them We all recognize those marks / symbols as ‘hugs and kisses’. Yet, how did that practice or custom begin? The “X” on letters stands for ‘kisses’, which dates back to the Middle Ages (about […]