Save $20 On Genealogy DNA Testing!

Here’s an exciting and unique gift idea for your Valentine’s Day sweetie. For someone with an interest in genealogy and family history, check out 23andMe’s amazing deal – $20 off their genetic genealogy DNA tests. They’re regularly $99, but you can pick one up through February 14,

They’re regularly $99, but you can pick one up through February 14, 2017 for just $79!…

How to Use Findagrave for Free Genealogy Research

How to Use Findagrave for Free Genealogy Research
You’ll see a fair amount of genealogy humor implying that we might consider dead people more interesting than living ones. That’s not entirely true, at least for me, since I find people fascinating in general.

However, if I had the time (and sometimes even when I don’t), I could spend hours looking up ancestors on the free site Findagrave.com. It’s among the best free genealogy research sites out there – chock full of information over and above what you’d expect to find.…

The Shocking Truth About My Ancestry DNA Results

The Shocking Truth About My Ancestry DNA Results
I recently posted about my experience with the Ancestry DNA service, which showed my genetic genealogy in a nice little pie chart. I’ve been researching my family’s genealogy for more than two decades.

Years ago, I inherited some family history information from my great uncle Jack. There was no such thing as the Internet when Uncle Jack did his research. He did a lot of letter writing and other paper-intensive forms of research.…

How to Find Ancestors Who Came to the U.S. Through Ellis Island

How to Find Ancestors Who Came to the U.S. Through Ellis Island
If you’re as fascinated by genealogy research as I am, you may have started looking for more information on your immigrant ancestors. If you have ancestors who came to the U.S. through Ellis Island, you’re in luck. Ellis Island offers a wonderful online search engine where you can find and view passenger records, ships’ manifests and even photos of the ships on which your immigrant family members traveled.…

Genealogy: How to Get Your Ancestry DNA Test Plus Save 10%!

How to Get Your Ancestry DNA Test Plus Save 10%! #Genealogy

Ever since I first started hearing about DNA testing for genealogy purposes, I have wanted to get my DNA tested. I’ve been researching my family’s genealogy for decades, and I’ve written several popular blog posts about genealogy.

I was ecstatic when my husband surprised me with an Ancestry DNA test as a surprise gift. You won’t believe how quick and easy it is to find out about your genetic genealogy history through Ancestry.com’s DNA service.…

9 Secrets You Didn’t Know About Your Immigrant Ancestors

9 Secrets You Didn't Know About Your Immigrant Ancestors

I enjoy watching TV shows about genealogy, such as “Finding Your Roots” on PBS. One of the many things that fascinates me about genealogy research is the variety of reasons that our ancestors came to this country.

Wouldn’t it have been terrifying to set out on a long boat trip, leaving behind all of your friends and relatives, probably forever? What could make a person want to do something so drastic?…

10 Disturbing Things in Your Family’s Genealogy, Part 2

10 Disturbing Things in Your Family's Genealogy

This is part two of a two-part post regarding things you might find disturbing about researching your family’s genealogy. As mentioned in part 1 of this series, life wasn’t easy for your ancestors, and humans weren’t always kind to one another. Many people died young, even if they survived infancy and childhood.

Here’s part 2 of my list of 10 disturbing things about researching your family’s genealogy.…

10 Disturbing Things in Your Family’s Genealogy, Part 1

10 Disturbing Things in Your Family's Genealogy

I’ve been tracing my family’s history for decades. It’s an enthralling, fascinating hobby, but genealogy isn’t all moonlight and roses. As mentioned in my post about genealogy myths, our ancestors probably didn’t lead simple, idyllic lives. There were no “good old days.”

People were treated poorly because of the color of their skin, their country of origin or their religion.…

10 Reasons We’re Still Alive When Our Ancestors Died Young

10 Reasons We're Still Alive #Genealogy
I recently read a magazine article about the things that used to regularly kill people, and it’s something I’ve often pondered during my genealogy research.

When you think about why the life expectancy of humans has increased dramatically over the past century, what comes to mind? Better treatment for cancer and heart attacks? Overall better medical care of the diseases of old age?…

Top 10 Places to Start Your Genealogy Research

Top 10 Places to Start Your Genealogy Research
Genealogy-themed TV shows make it all look so easy! I don’t watch a whole lot of TV, but some of my favorite shows are “Finding Your Roots,” “Who Do You Think You Are?” and “Genealogy Roadshow.” However, part of me cringes at how simple genealogy research seems on TV, where professional genealogists cram months worth of intensive investigation into a TV-sized nugget of time.…