State Archives Preserve the Tapestries of Ancestors’ Lives (Part I)

By Jeanne Rollberg The current film “Jackie” depicts the American former first lady, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, as saying, “Objects and artifacts last longer than people.” She might have been reflecting on that particularly because the film shows the aftermath of the death of assassinated President John F. Kennedy in 1963.  Objects, artifacts, newspapers, collections and…

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Archival Survival Part II: Colorado, Michigan, & New Mexico State Archives And Your Family Tree

By Jeanne Rollberg Having just celebrated America’s birth on July 4, Americans are reminded that it’s time to get re-dedicate ourselves to documenting our immigrant ancestors and their families’ contributions to America. With disappearing resources such as access to most FamilySearch microfilms at libraries after September 1, researchers may turn increasingly to critical state archives and other essential online and offline…

Archival Survival: California, Missouri, and Texas Archives Enhance Family Sleuthing      

By Jeanne Rollberg Are there things you’d like to learn about your great-great-grandfather as we celebrate Father’s Day this week?  Have you fully explored archives to flesh out his life? We family history researchers often give thanks for all of the critical documents and resources provided by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). We…

American Presidents and Presidential Libraries: Their Genealogy and Yours! (Part 2)

By Jeanne Rollberg Click here to read more, and learn the context of this post, American President and Presidential Libraries: Their Genealogy and Yours! (Part 1)! In the first part of a series on presidential libraries, we identified some of the reasons that they are fascinating repositories to explore if a family is connected either…

American Presidents and Presidential Libraries: Their Genealogy and Yours! (Part 1)

By Jeanne Rollberg When a new President of the United States takes office on January 20 every four years, the entire world notices: He is considered the most important secular newsmaker on the planet. But did you know that the president leaving office, such as President Barack Obama this year, is likely establishing a presidential…