MyHeritage Releases Major Updates and Improvements

MyHeritage Releases Major Updates and Improvements

On January 11, 2018, MyHeritage rolled out major updates and improvements to their DNA Matching, which they announced with a statement on their blog. Here’s what you need to know: MyHeritage DNA Matching If you’re not familiar with MyHeritage’s DNA Matching program, it’s a system that compares DNA results in the...Read more
A Pictorial Reveal

A Pictorial Reveal

A little bit of information can send your picture identification in a new direction. In last week’s column, I examined a picture submitted by Mimi Maxwell. She was pretty sure that the woman in glasses was Elizabeth Toner, born in 1797. That was until she read my analysis. The picture...Read more
Ancestry.com Search Dos and Don’ts

Ancestry.com Search Dos and Don’ts

Ancestry.com is a powerhouse for your genealogy searches, but it’s more than just a database. Take advantage of our search dos and don’ts below to improve your results. Then, become an Ancestry.com power user by signing up for our 4-week course. Do Search Strategically While there is something to be...Read more
Were Your Ancestors From a “Shi*hole Country”? Ireland During the Great Famine

Were Your Ancestors From a “Shi*hole Country”? Ireland During the Great Famine

  This engraving in The Illustrated London News of Dec. 16, 1848, depicts an Irish family being evicted and their home dismantled. Getty Images.   Ireland could’ve been described as a “shithole country” during the potato famine of 1845 to 1849, when about a million of our Irish ancestors fled to...Read more
Genealogy Sabbatical: Scouting for Thomas in the Census and City Directories

Genealogy Sabbatical: Scouting for Thomas in the Census and City Directories

My troubled and troublesome third-great-grandfather Thomas Frost, a carpenter born in England in 1827, left me some interesting records later in his life.  But before that, I didn’t have much of a genealogy timeline for Thomas. His unsettled ways make it hard to predict where he’d turn up, and to...Read more
Editors’ Pick: Organize Your Way to Your Best Genealogy Year

Editors’ Pick: Organize Your Way to Your Best Genealogy Year

  Effective family history researchers know that organization is the key to productivity. Are you as organized as you’d like to be—or could be? If your new year’s resolution is to cut through your genealogy clutter, check out this trio of PDF book downloads by Denise May Levenick, the Family...Read more