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Do you want to know more about your ancestors? Then I hope this board can help you. I intend to make it a type of online library and information board. A place to find useful links and guidelines. Please feel free to comment and leave your own links and tips.

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Resources & Sources
Research Tips
Events
Security, Privacy Updates. etc.
Notable Moments
ARCHIVE LOCATIONS
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Walking Where Ancestors Walked...
Ancestry Communities
Workhouses in the UK.
Cemetries
Notable People
Census Records
Genealogy books
Its all about the name
Ancestry Gift Ideas
Advertisements & Ancestors.
Where my ancestors worked
Making Sense of it
Artist
GenWeb Projects

Resources & Sources

West Yorkshire, England, Select Poor Law and Township Records, 1663-1914

West Yorkshire, England, Select Poor Law and Township Records, 1663-1914

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is quickly becoming a must-visit website for free genealogy resources. Tips for searching to find more for your family history.   via @amyjohnsoncrow

A Growing Source for Free Genealogy: Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America has millions of free digital items and many are great for genealogy.

Using Free Genealogy Sites - Researching your Family History and don't want to spend a fortune but also want to use trusted resources? Then our review of the best Free Genealogy sites will certainly help! #freefamilyhistory

Using Free Genealogy Sites

Researching your Family History and don't want to spend a fortune but also want to use trusted resources? Then our review of the best Free Genealogy sites will certainly help!

Search memorial records | War Memorials Register | Imperial War Museums

Search memorial records | War Memorials Register | Imperial War Museums

Historic Timelines It can be a great benefit if you know some of the historical events occurring when specific ancestors lived. Of course, you first need to know their approximate birth to death dates. From there you can look up about the major events. #ancestors #history #familyhistory #familytree #genealogy

Historic Timelines | FamilyTree.com

It can be of great benefit to know historical events of your ancestor, here is a site to help.

Ancestry Has Thousands of Records You Can't Find With a Search

Many people are unaware of the fact that not all of Ancestry's records show up in search. Ignoring these browse-only collections is a huge mistake, however, since they could contain valuable information about your ancestors.

10 Disturbing Things in Your Family's Genealogy

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

If you're just starting out researching genealogy, you might be surprised by some of the more disturbing things you find.

State archives and historical societies can provide useful and free information for researching your genealogy. Here's a list of state archives websites.

How to Find State Archives Websites for Free Genealogy Research

State archives and historical societies can provide useful and free information for researching your genealogy. Here's a list of state archives websites.

Genealogy apps useful for discovering your Family History.

Genealogy apps useful for discovering your Family History.

Passport Applications for Genealogy: A Free Online Database You Don't Want to Miss

These Old Passport Applications May Hold the Missing Genealogy Info You Need

Many family historians are not aware of the fact that millions of passport applications were collected by the US Department of State between the years of 1795 and 1925. These applications are kept by the National Archives and Record Administration (NARA) and are packed full of personal information that can help you in your research.

7 Places to Find Photographs of Your Ancestors

7 Places to Find Photographs of Your Ancestors

Using tax records in your genealogy research can help you learn about your ancestry by bridging information gaps between census years and adding more detail to your family tree.

Tax Records Could Offer Surprisingly Rich Details About Your Ancestors

Taxes have been a burden since the beginning of civilization, but the records left behind are priceless for genealogy research. Here's where to find them.

Passport Applications for Genealogy: A Birth Mom’s Life

Passport Applications for Genealogy: A Birth Mom’s Life

Ancestry Isn't the Only Genealogy Site With Record Hints

Ancestry Isn't the Only Genealogy Site With Record Hints

Ancestry.com is famous for its hints - those little green leaves in your family tree that give you fact suggestions from records and other trees. But they're not the only ones that offer them.

French Genealogy Records and More—Now Free Online!

French Genealogy Records and More—Now Free Online!

Why You Should Start Using Pinterest for Genealogy (and How to Do It)

From tracking down useful information, to organizing your research, to sharing it with your family and friends - Pinterest just might be the genealogy research tool you've been missing.

The Family Tree Irish Genealogy Guide - How To Trace Your Ancestors In Ireland. Front cover.

The Family Tree Irish Genealogy Guide - How To Trace Your Ancestors In Ireland. Front cover.

Names - Meaning of Names

Names - Meaning of Names

You can view original documents in the reading rooms from 09:00, Tuesday to Saturday.  Collect your pre-registered reader’s ticket or apply onsite for one between 09:00 – 16:00, Tuesday to Saturday

You can view original documents in the reading rooms from 09:00, Tuesday to Saturday. Collect your pre-registered reader’s ticket or apply onsite for one between 09:00 – 16:00, Tuesday to Saturday

Celebrate Our 20th Anniversary MyTrees.com has been a Trusted Genealogy Resource now for over 20 years.

Celebrate Our 20th Anniversary MyTrees.com has been a Trusted Genealogy Resource now for over 20 years.

Public Online Records

Public Online Records | FamilyTree.com

Use online public records to find relatives.

Research Tips

The 5 Rules of Genealogy Standard of Proof are essential to all family historians. Applying this to your genealogy will make sure that you have the right people sitting on the branches of your family tree. You really do need to know this!

5 Rules of Genealogy Standard of Proof - Essential Genealogy Skill

How do you know that that person is your ancestor and not someone who shares the same name in the same town? The answer is very easy - 5 Rules of Genealogy Standard of Proof. These five rules are at the heart of all family history research. Once you know them you will never forget them !

Free 15-page downloadable WWII research guide from Ancestry.com

Free 15-page downloadable WWII research guide from Ancestry.com

Irish Genealogy “How-To” Videos – Irish Genealogical Research Society

Irish Genealogy “How-To” Videos – Irish Genealogical Research Society

YOU'VE HIT A BRICK WALL. NOW WHAT?Most people who have spent time working on their genealogy have at least one line that seems to be at a complete dead end – known as a “brick wall” – that they need help breaking down. Professional genealogists have experience solving difficult genealogical problems, and have the knowledge and skills necessary to get past them. Research Articles - Family Tree, Genealogy, and History | FamilyTree.com

Research Articles - Family Tree, Genealogy, and History | FamilyTree.com

Read free articles and learn more about genealogy and family history.

When working on your genealogy and family tree, instead of looking at just obituaries in old newspapers, try looking for advertisements your ancestor may have put in!

Advertisements by your ancestors | FamilyTree.com

Research any advertisements your ancestors had in the local newspapers.

How do you know when to accept hints on Ancestry.com? Here are 10 tips to help you decide how to deal with Ancestry hints.

10 Rules for Accepting Hints on Ancestry

Ancestry hints are often helpful, they're also fraught with issues that can trick even experienced family historians.

The Armchair Genealogist

Family History Traveler

research and write your family history

The Armchair Genealogist: Family History Traveler

Family History Traveler

research and write your family history

Writing a family history or memory book? Try these 5 planning tips to reduce stress and get organised. Join the library to download the free writing planner

5 Powerful Planning Tips for Writing Your Family History

Thinking about writing a family history or memory book? Before you put pen to paper, try these 5 planning tips to reduce stress and get organised.

Part research planner, part-checklist, all-in-one genealogy worksheet for individuals. Perfect for tracking down and keeping track of your ancestors.

The Ultimate All-in-one Genealogy Worksheet - Fuzzy Ink Stationery

theULTIMATEgenealogyworksheet It’s an information snapshot,a research planner, andresource checklist all-in-one editable PDF. The worksheet is 4 pages with space for: — tracking certificates and documents…

Why You Can't Find Your Relative's Records.  Four Helpful Tips:

Why You Can't Find Your Relative's Records | FamilyTree.com

Having trouble finding your relative's vital records? Here are four tips that could point out the problem (and what you can do that might fix it).

Events

Late night opening - Thursdays in May and June 2018

Late night opening - Thursdays in May and June 2018

Emigrants: why the English sailed to the New World Tickets, Wed, 31 Jan 2018 at 14:00 | Eventbrite

Emigrants: why the English sailed to the New World Tickets, Wed, 31 Jan 2018 at 14:00 | Eventbrite

Security, Privacy Updates. etc.

Copyright Basics

Copyright Basics

Take a copyright crash course with Jim the librarian, as he explains the basics of U.S. copyright law and how it affects you at work. By Copyright Clearance ...

RootsWeb Security Update – Ancestry Blog

RootsWeb Security Update

RootsWeb Security Update – Ancestry Blog

Notable Moments

Remember and celebrate loved ones by bringing together friends and family.  Collect memories and photos to paint a rich picture of their life.

Remember and celebrate loved ones by bringing together friends and family. Collect memories and photos to paint a rich picture of their life.

The Hochstetler Massacre – Ancestry Blog #Ancestry #Genealogy #familyhistory #familytree #History #Pennsylvania #Hochstetler

The Hochstetler Massacre - Ancestry Blog

When talking about family history, my mom would sometimes tell me the story of an Indian massacre. A distant ancestor of ours had been murdered by a neighboring Indian tribe. She couldn’t remember many details, and I’d always assumed her story was a myth. But while tracing a branch of my family tree back to Read More

ARCHIVE LOCATIONS

Genealogy Tips: The Society of Genealogists, based in London, is the UK’s oldest society dedicated to genealogy and family history. Its huge library contains thousands of unique records that you will not find anywhere else, some of which are available online to members.

The Absolute Beginner's Guide to UK and Irish Genealogy Research

Looking for your ancestors in England, Wales, Scotland or Ireland? Our guide to the British Isles will teach you everything you need to know to get started.

ArchiveGrid includes over 5 million records describing archival materials, bringing together information about historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and more.

ArchiveGrid includes over 5 million records describing archival materials, bringing together information about historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and more.

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Walking Where Ancestors Walked...

Walking With My Enslaved Ancestors – Ancestry Blog

Walking With My Enslaved Ancestors

Jason Atwater was on a mission: to discover the names of his enslaved ancestors. He never dreamed his research would lead him to Berry Hill Plantation.

Walking Where Ancestors Walked: Travelers Give High Marks to First Genealogy Tour – Ancestry Blog

Walking Where Ancestors Walked: Travelers Give High Marks to First Genealogy Tour - Ancestry Blog

A hike to an old stone barn on a sheep farm in the country. A walk through a graveyard. An 11-day bus ride with 22 complete strangers. This may not immediately sound like the description of a dream vacation. But talk to California resident Vicki Stuber for two minutes, and you’ll be convinced that Read More

Ancestry Communities

If I have an ancestor whose life was altered by a flood or tornado I'm not aware of them yet. I looked for names like Tempest, Gale, S...

If I have an ancestor whose life was altered by a flood or tornado I'm not aware of them yet. I looked for names like Tempest, Gale, S...

My Discoveries Researching My Family History

My Discoveries Researching My Family History

Alex reflects on some of his more interesting discoveries within his family tree.

OBITUARIES; FUNERAL HOMES; NEWSPAPERS; SEND FLOWERS; NEWS & ADVICE; MEMORIALS.

OBITUARIES; FUNERAL HOMES; NEWSPAPERS; SEND FLOWERS; NEWS & ADVICE; MEMORIALS.

What question would you ask? #ancestry #genealogy #familyhistory #familytree

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Communities - Google+

Communities - Google+

Workhouses in the UK.

Image of a letter calling for the descendant of a former Prime Minister to be spared the workhouse.

Image of a letter calling for the descendant of a former Prime Minister to be spared the workhouse.

Worst Jobs to Have in the 1800s

Worst Jobs to Have in the 1800s | FamilyTree.com

The following is a small sampling of very dangerous and hard jobs in the 1800s.

The Immigrant Ancestors Ann Coulter Wishes She Didn’t Have

The Immigrant Ancestors Ann Coulter Wishes She Didn’t Have

In an appearance on The View to promote one of her books, Ann Coulter reiterated her well-known anti-immigrant stance. Guest host Ana Navarro responded, saying, “Let me point out that you’re sitting…

Cemetries

Barnsley Cemetery

Barnsley Cemetery

Arras Memorial

Arras Memorial

Wakefield Cemetery

Wakefield Cemetery

St Peter Churchyard

St Peter Churchyard

Find A Grave;  World’s largest gravesite collection. Over 170 million memorials created by the community since 1995

Find A Grave; World’s largest gravesite collection. Over 170 million memorials created by the community since 1995

Notable People

Timeless, Marie Curie, and WWI - Ancestry Blog

Here at Ancestry, the Research and Editorial Team (of which I am a part) loves the TV show, Timeless. It makes sense. The show centers around a group of time travelers. And, what family historian do you know that doesn’t wish they could travel back in time to the places their ancestors lived? (If you Read More

Census Records

Use the hidden genealogy details found in the 1940 U.S. census to expand your family tree.

The "Secret" Details in the 1940 Census You May Be Missing

The 1940 census of the United States is a particularly exciting one for genealogy research for a number of reasons. But there is a critical element of this massive family history resource that often gets overlooked.

FreeCEN - UK Census Records (England, Scotland, Wales)

FreeCEN - UK Census Records (England, Scotland, Wales)

Genealogy books

10 Great Scottish Genealogy Research Books | Scottish Genealogy Research | bespokegenealogy.com

10 Great Scottish Genealogy Research Books

10 Great Scottish genealogy research books looks at the top books to help your trace your roots in this country. Scotland probably has the most genealogical records of anywhere in the world and these books help you get the most out of these rich resources.

Its all about the name

Why Your Family Name Was Not Changed at Ellis Island (and One That Was) (via the New York Public Library)

Why Your Family Name Was Not Changed at Ellis Island (and One That Was)

There is a myth that persists in the field of genealogy, or more accurately, in family lore, that family names were changed at Ellis Island. They were not.

Your Female Ancestors’ Nicknames

Your Guide to Female Ancestor Nicknames

Can’t find your female ancestor in a database? This nicknames list will provide you the clues you need to identify them.

Enter your surname and learn it's meaning and origin.

Enter your surname and learn it's meaning and origin.

Wood Name Meaning & Wood Family History at Ancestry.co.uk; Wood Name; Meaning mainly a topographic name for someone who lived in or by a wood or a metonymic occupational name for a woodcutter or forester, from Middle English wode ‘wood’ (Old English wudu). nickname for a mad, eccentric, or violent person, from Middle English wod ‘mad’, ‘frenzied’ (Old English wad), as in Adam le Wode, Worcestershire 1221.  Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Wood Name Meaning & Wood Family History at Ancestry.co.uk; Wood Name; Meaning mainly a topographic name for someone who lived in or by a wood or a metonymic occupational name for a woodcutter or forester, from Middle English wode ‘wood’ (Old English wudu). nickname for a mad, eccentric, or violent person, from Middle English wod ‘mad’, ‘frenzied’ (Old English wad), as in Adam le Wode, Worcestershire 1221. Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Ancestry Gift Ideas

Genealogy Lovers!!! These maps are a perfect addition to your research! I have one from my home town. There's more than one big picture. There are many close-up pictures and information around the edges. Asheville, NC Historical Map - 1912. 4 sizes availa

Genealogy Lovers!!! These maps are a perfect addition to your research! I have one from my home town. There's more than one big picture. There are many close-up pictures and information around the edges. Asheville, NC Historical Map - 1912. 4 sizes availa

What great family gift ideas

What great family gift ideas

Advertisements & Ancestors.

Advertisements & Ancestors. Using vintage newspapers is great for locating an obituary on an ancestors, a good deal can be learned. However, generally the information from an obit was supplied by someone else – spouse, relative or friend. An another idea is to research in those family hometown or county vintage newspapers are advertisements.

Advertisements by your ancestors | FamilyTree.com

Research any advertisements your ancestors had in the local newspapers.

Where my ancestors worked

Aerial photographic view of Dyeworks (Keighley, West Yorkshire).

Aerial photographic view of Dyeworks (Keighley, West Yorkshire).

Making Sense of it

Chamber's Etymological Dictionary poster, 1903. Catalogue ref: COPY 1/208B (22)

Chamber's Etymological Dictionary poster, 1903. Catalogue ref: COPY 1/208B (22)

Genealogy Dictionary

Genealogy Dictionary | FamilyTree.com

Genealogy terms defined.

Artist

Pots and Pans, Natal, South Africa by Harry Marriott Burton 1882–1979 British

Burton, Harry Marriott, 1882–1979

Discover artworks, explore venues and meet artists. Art UK is the online home for every public collection in the UK. Featuring 250,000 artworks by over 45,000 artists.

Isle of Man for Happy Holidays Quocunque Jeceris Stabit - Print & Poster Archive - iMuseum

Isle of Man for Happy Holidays Quocunque Jeceris Stabit - Print & Poster Archive - iMuseum

GenWeb Projects

WorldGenWeb Project

WorldGenWeb Project

Remember and celebrate loved ones by bringing together friends and family.  Collect memories and photos to paint a rich picture of their life.

Remember and celebrate loved ones by bringing together friends and family. Collect memories and photos to paint a rich picture of their life.

Copyright Basics

Copyright Basics

Take a copyright crash course with Jim the librarian, as he explains the basics of U.S. copyright law and how it affects you at work. By Copyright Clearance ...

WorldGenWeb Project

WorldGenWeb Project

West Yorkshire, England, Select Poor Law and Township Records, 1663-1914

West Yorkshire, England, Select Poor Law and Township Records, 1663-1914

Pots and Pans, Natal, South Africa by Harry Marriott Burton 1882–1979 British

Burton, Harry Marriott, 1882–1979

Discover artworks, explore venues and meet artists. Art UK is the online home for every public collection in the UK. Featuring 250,000 artworks by over 45,000 artists.

Isle of Man for Happy Holidays Quocunque Jeceris Stabit - Print & Poster Archive - iMuseum

Isle of Man for Happy Holidays Quocunque Jeceris Stabit - Print & Poster Archive - iMuseum

Chamber's Etymological Dictionary poster, 1903. Catalogue ref: COPY 1/208B (22)

Chamber's Etymological Dictionary poster, 1903. Catalogue ref: COPY 1/208B (22)

Barnsley Cemetery

Barnsley Cemetery

Arras Memorial

Arras Memorial

Late night opening - Thursdays in May and June 2018

Late night opening - Thursdays in May and June 2018

Image of a letter calling for the descendant of a former Prime Minister to be spared the workhouse.

Image of a letter calling for the descendant of a former Prime Minister to be spared the workhouse.

Worst Jobs to Have in the 1800s

Worst Jobs to Have in the 1800s | FamilyTree.com

The following is a small sampling of very dangerous and hard jobs in the 1800s.

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is quickly becoming a must-visit website for free genealogy resources. Tips for searching to find more for your family history.   via @amyjohnsoncrow

A Growing Source for Free Genealogy: Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America has millions of free digital items and many are great for genealogy.

Using Free Genealogy Sites - Researching your Family History and don't want to spend a fortune but also want to use trusted resources? Then our review of the best Free Genealogy sites will certainly help! #freefamilyhistory

Using Free Genealogy Sites

Researching your Family History and don't want to spend a fortune but also want to use trusted resources? Then our review of the best Free Genealogy sites will certainly help!

Use the hidden genealogy details found in the 1940 U.S. census to expand your family tree.

The "Secret" Details in the 1940 Census You May Be Missing

The 1940 census of the United States is a particularly exciting one for genealogy research for a number of reasons. But there is a critical element of this massive family history resource that often gets overlooked.

Genealogy Lovers!!! These maps are a perfect addition to your research! I have one from my home town. There's more than one big picture. There are many close-up pictures and information around the edges. Asheville, NC Historical Map - 1912. 4 sizes availa

Genealogy Lovers!!! These maps are a perfect addition to your research! I have one from my home town. There's more than one big picture. There are many close-up pictures and information around the edges. Asheville, NC Historical Map - 1912. 4 sizes availa

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