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gone girl: the hunt for my elusive great grandma

confession time: Ancestry.ca is my jammm.

I’ve lost track of the hours I’ve put into recording my family history and expanding my family tree. With my research and reference training, I seriously excel at it. 559 more words


Ancestry Launches New Collection of Wills and Probate Records

Ancestry has launched a large collection of Wills and probate records, which it is making free to access through September 7th. This is a press release/announcement blogged by Dick Eastman. 58 more words

New Resources

52 Ancestors #36 Working for a Living

This challenge is set forth by No Story Too Small and this week’s prompt is Workin’ for a Living.

I have at least six nurses, one doctor, two cops, a seamstress, a school teacher, and a bunch of farmers in my family, but the one that comes to mind is my 2nd great grandfather, the treasurer of Lauderdale County, Mississippi 1904-1907, … 396 more words


Parish Registers: Brick Wall Breakers and Mystery Creators

I can immerse myself for hours in Parish Registers, tracking my ancestors and their communities. They can often lead to research breakthroughs. Conversely they can result in further knotty puzzles. 1,229 more words

Family History

What's in a Name?

My name is Victoria and it has never felt right to me.

Not when I was a kid and my friends called me Vic or Vicki, nor when my family called me Vikinka or Viktorka or any derivative of my more formal moniker. 1,273 more words

Cold War

Arms Registration

Having registered armorial bearings is a requirement for membership as a voting member in an Ad Hoc Derbhfine, i.e. a voting member must be armigerous. While my arms have been registered in the (unofficial) United States Heraldic Registry, I have just submitted my registration in the Armorial Register, formerly known as Burke’s Peerage: http://www.armorial-register.com/arms-us/mccarthy-e-arms.html.


I'm Not Sure What My Clan Is - Scottish Ancestry

Learn about Scottish ancestry by understanding the origin of clans, their history and common misconceptions.