Reddit for Genealogy

There is a site out there that a lot of you may not be using for genealogy and/or history, reddit.com. Reddit usually does lean a bit toward the younger audience and I think it may sometimes get a bad rap in the mainstream media due to some of it's more shady users, but it has a lot of helpful … [Read more...]

RootsTech Videos on Your Smartphone

I'm looking forward to watching all of the available RootsTech videos from this year's conference, but the only time I really get to watch something on my own is when I'm going to bed and I do it on my smartphone. I was disappointed to see that the videos embedded on the RootsTech website were using … [Read more...]

Passing on the Stories

Now that my daughter is getting older and she now really enjoys reading and stories, I've been trying to think about a neat way to tell her about her ancestry. The things I may find interesting about my ancestry, besides the stories, like dates and history, are usually pretty boring for kids. I … [Read more...]

Frank’s Interactive Timeline

I've been playing with an open source tool called Timeline JS that builds a visually-rich, interactive timeline based on whatever data I tell it to use. One of the options it has is to use data from a Google Docs spreadsheet. Add that ability along with their option to embed one right from their … [Read more...]

How to Search Germany, Prussia, Pomerania Church Records

FamilySearch has a boatload of church records scanned and available online for Germany, Prussia, and Pomerania from 1544-1945, though I would estimate that most of them are in the middle of that range. Currently they're not available for searching, but I did see them in the indexing software, so … [Read more...]

Google Plus Your Passions

If you're a visitor to social networks of any kind, you've probably already heard about Google+ (or Google Plus.) Though, maybe as I have noticed, you seem to hear mostly negative things about it, usually on Facebook. I've read posts about how it's a wasteland or "none of my friends are on it." I'd … [Read more...]

DNA: Autosomal DNA

This is Part 4 in a series of post dedicated to finding out more information about your DNA test results from 23andMe or Family Tree DNA. If you haven’t read it, yet, view Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Today we're going to look into the last set of DNA that you can use in your research, Autosomal … [Read more...]

DNA: X Marks the Spot

This is Part 3 in a series of post dedicated to finding out more information about your DNA test results from 23andMe or Family Tree DNA. If you haven’t read it, yet, view Part 1 or Part 2. I had the YDNA and mtDNA down pretty good in my head. One is paternal, one is maternal, and so on. Then … [Read more...]