Why FamilySearch Is Ending Microfilm Rental & How to Get Genealogy Records Now

Why FamilySearch Is Ending Microfilm Rental & How to Get Genealogy Records Now

Guest blog post by Family Tree Magazine Contributing Editor Sunny Jane Morton For 80 years, the FamilySearch Family History Library (FHL) has made its enormous stash of microfilmed genealogy records available to researchers through an inexpensive rental service through local FamilySearch Centers. That’s about to change: FamilySearch has announced that...Read more
Ancestors in the CCC? Search Online Camp Newspapers from Virginia!

Ancestors in the CCC? Search Online Camp Newspapers from Virginia!

If your ancestor or other relative was part of the New Deal Civilian Conservation Corps program, camp newspapers are great for learning about his experience. And it’s getting easier to access CCC camp newspapers from Virginia (plus a few from outside Virginia). CCC workers, Library of Congress The Virginia Newspapers...Read more
Our Ancestors' Photo-Ready Family Record Sheets

Our Ancestors' Photo-Ready Family Record Sheets

Family milestones are well-known as photo occasions. Births, marriages and even deaths show up in family photo collections.  There’s another family photo op in your family history: The purchase of a photo album or a family record like the one below. c. 1886, Library of Congress Family records suitable for...Read more
Photos and Family Record Sheets

Photos and Family Record Sheets

Family milestones are well-known photo occasions. Births, marriages, and even deaths show up in family photo collections.  There is another family photo op in your family history.  The purchase of a photo album or a family record like the one below. c. 1886, Library of Congress. Family records suitable for...Read more
Long Lost Holidays in Old Family Photos

Long Lost Holidays in Old Family Photos

One of the problem pictures family photo historians encounter are images of an unnamed celebrations. It could be local event, a national holiday, or a gathering of relatives for a special family gathering. All too frequently it’s unclear. For instance, let’s look at Flag Day.  It commemorates the adoption of...Read more
3 Clues to Solve an Old Photo Mystery

3 Clues to Solve an Old Photo Mystery

When a family member won’t talk about a person in a picture, it makes you wonder why. It also leaves you with an unidentified family photo.  Dale Wheeler’s father never spoke about the woman in this photo. Dale has three possible identities for this young woman: Julia Ann (Stewart) Wheeler...Read more