5 Reasons for Not Finding Ancestors’ Occupations

Research Mistakes & Remedies Photo credit: By Pierce, C.C. (Charles C.), 1861-1946 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Family historians should always be thinking of out-of-the-box ways to trace the steps of their ancestors, especially when they hit brick walls.  But what if you’ve finally found a handful of your once-elusive ancestors, yet still can’t seem to figure out…

7 Reasons Why You Can’t Find Your Ancestors Online

Avoid These Common Research Mistakes Photo Credit: TaylorB90 via Compfight cc Researching your family’s history has become increasingly easier thanks to the power of the internet. Whether you’ve opted to search online census records, library collections, or Flickr for old family photos, you’ve likely found some ancestors along the way. But what if you continue to painstakingly search online for…

The State of Census

The United States Federal censuses from 1790 through 1940 are some of the most valuable records that genealogists use. They enable researchers to track families in numerous ways, including:  Migration patterns (or lack thereof) Size (as they increase or decrease) as children are born, grow up and move out to form their own households Social…

You Won’t Believe These Strange Deaths From the Victorian Era

Please leave a comment Your Victorian Ancestors Died in Some Truly Bizarre Ways Photo Credit: Interiorrain via Compfight cc In this day and age, death is feared more often than it is celebrated. But back in the Victorian era, even though death was still frightening to our ancestors, it was also glorified in some particularly morbid ways. Victorian era mourning photos that…