FamilySearch’s Ancestor Infographic

Genealogy giant FamilySearch has been experimenting with different ways to make family history more entertaining. Its latest campaign involves the Ancestor Infographic—a fun, visual way to present data in your family tree. I tried it out this morning and enjoyed what I saw. The Ancestor Infographic provides a helpful snapshot of the people who came […]

Old Kentucky School

Here is a wonderful picture of my paternal grandmother’s (Mable Gerie Stafford’s) old school in Kentucky. Fortunately, she wrote the following on the back of the photograph: My old school—1st through 12th grade (no Kindergarten) Betsy Layne Yea Bobcats (basketball team) Your dad was one. One tip to remember as you document your family history: […]

FamilySearch Releases “Compare-a-Face”

Genealogy giant FamilySearch has introduced a fun new feature called “Compare-a-Face.” Through facial recognition software, you can discover which ancestor you resemble the most. All you need to do is simply upload a picture of yourself. Then, the program scans the portraits of the ancestors in your family tree and provides a list of matches. […]

ABCs of Family History: D

D… is for DNA. DNA testing has quickly become a trendy tool for genealogical research. But is it necessary? Some would argue that genetics testing is superfluous, especially if your family tree is well developed. However, there are several key reasons why DNA testing should be considered. #1—DNA is another genealogical record. Just like a census […]

ABCs of Family History: C

C… is for census. Census records are a staple of genealogical research. They provide vital information for each household member, such as name, sex, race, age, marital status, education, and place of birth. Census records also paint vibrant pictures of the family’s everyday life. For example, a census will reveal each individual’s occupation and the value […]