DNA: Digging Deeper Into Your Ancestry

DNA Kits

In the last week or so I've dug deeper into my DNA testing results mainly from my 23andMe test. I hope to have this be my first post in a "series" of posts about DNA for genealogy since I've done a lot of other research about different types of information found in your DNA. Another genealogist … [Read more...]

Helpful Research Links

I've collected a bunch of links over the years to help in my research. They've really only sat in my Google Chrome bookmarks. I have now moved most of them to my wiki so you can also use them. Helpful Research Links Along with those links, which cover all areas of my genealogy, there is also a … [Read more...]

1940 Census: Check Multiple Sources

1940 Census - Collins

When the 1940 Census was released in April, I spent a couple of days browsing through them by hand to find my ancestors and my wife's ancestors. I knew where they all lived (generally speaking) and I was finally able to find everyone, except a few. My wife's grandmother, Barbara COLLINS, and her … [Read more...]

One Billion Graves

St. Francis-Borgia Cemetery

I ran across a website recently that is a really clever idea. I know I've stumbled upon it before, but for some reason I never stayed. Now I'm hooked. BillionGraves.com is a site, similar is some ways to Find-A-Grave. To be honest, while I love Find-A-Grave and I will always use it, its age is … [Read more...]

My Most Recent Last Research

Last/Strassman

Go into your brain and pick out a surname that would be awesome to try to research. Something that would return 8 million results every time you searched for it. If you guessed the surname LAST, you win. Searching for anything on that surname was never fun. I would get every version of "last … [Read more...]

Quickly Searching Wikipedia

Wikipedia in Chrome

While doing genealogy research, I end up going to Wikipedia a lot to do many things from finding locations of cities in Europe to finding which county a city is in. It takes a few steps to browse to Wikipedia, then to the English version, and then try to find my entry. Google Chrome  and Mozilla … [Read more...]

Tech Tuesday: Pinterest

pinboard

My wife, Darcy, made me aware of Pinterest. She does a lot of work with the web and is always finding these new, interesting sites. Pinterest is best described by a story about it on the MySanAntonio website: [Pinterest is] a "virtual pinboard." Creative types often use actual pinboards or … [Read more...]

Speaking of Czech Research

Up until this weekend I had never done any Czech research. I knew my wife's great-grandmother was born somewhere in Bohemia, which is in the Czech Republic, but we didn't dig much deeper. As you may, or may not have, read in my last post, I sort of fell into researching my wife's Czech line last … [Read more...]