Accessing Offline Records

As the world’s largest and fastest growing family history research firm,  Genealogists.com is often asked what is the key to our success. Our reply commonly includes one or both of the following facts: 1. Genealogists.com is not limited to the resources of any one archive, such as the Family History Library, but instead we can access most of the world’s…

Reading Old Handwriting

National Handwriting Day, celebrated since 23 January 1977, promotes the importance of penmanship and its ability to express the personality of an individual.  In the ensuing years, our use of computers and typewriters has led many to bemoan the loss of penmanship skills.  Would the signature of John Hancock, who was born on this day…

Most Read blog posts of 2014, top blogs of 2014

Top 7 Blogs of 2014

Before we get too far into 2015, we thought it would be helpful to highlight the most read Genealogists.com blogs in 2014. Each post has had thousands of readers and ideally helped you with your research. Be sure to visit the blog often in 2015 to see our latest tips and suggestions. 1. Anatomy of a Social…

Marry ‘Em and Bury ‘Em

This week I’ve been researching in Beaufort, South Carolina on a project.  A fellow researcher used the phrase “burned county” to describe the situation on this project.  It was the first time I’d heard it.  An early example of this phrase is found in the Virginia Genealogist, used to describe many of their counties that…