16    Jan 20140 comments

10 Ideas: Creative family photo shoots

Family photos are the best way to preserve family history.

Here are some ideas to spice up your family photos and create lasting memories:

-Play dress-up with the kids, for a really fun picture-taking experience.

-Capture a tickle fest. Continue reading "10 Ideas: Creative family photo shoots" »

14    Jan 20143 comments

Family Records: Preserving oral history

One way to document and preserve family history is recording oral history interviews with relatives. This really brings our family trees to life, as it reveals the lives and memories of our family members in ways that dry facts, records or even photos cannot.

You may learn the story behind a family event captured in a photograph, emotions surrounding life events, and the names of previously unknown relatives  in photographs. Video recordings reveal how our relative sounds and what he or she looks like. We can get a genuine feel for their character.

In a recent article in the Examiner, archives technician Aaron Holt at the National Archives Fort Worth (Texas), said, “It only takes three generations to lose a piece of oral family history.” Holt continued, “It must be purposely and accurately repeated over and over again through the generations to be preserved for a genealogist today.” Continue reading "Family Records: Preserving oral history" »

8    Jan 20146 comments

Buried Treasure: Discovering hidden clues

As genealogists, both newcomers and experienced, we're always searching for clues about our ancestors and for anything new that we can discover.

We search through census and index records. We check postcards and old letters for hints. We view old photographs, paying attention to details such as dress, style of posing, or design of the studio. We will do anything to find clues about the time period that our ancestors lived in.

Here are some new places to search for that next genealogical breakthrough: Continue reading "Buried Treasure: Discovering hidden clues" »

5    Jan 201418 comments

Birth Order: How your place changes you

Birth order is a fascinating subject and many studies have been conducted as to how the birth order of siblings effects the adults that we become.

Here are some interesting findings: Continue reading "Birth Order: How your place changes you" »

2    Jan 20141 comment

New Feature: Search historical records by location

We've added an exciting new feature to SuperSearch that makes it even easier and faster to browse and search historical records by geographic location.

SuperSearch contains billions of global historical records and tree profiles from different data collections. The records come from various countries and various regions within those countries.

Searching for your ancestors is now even easier, as you search for data by geographic locations. This provides results relevant to only that specific location,  helpful when you are looking for a person from a specific place. Continue reading "New Feature: Search historical records by location" »

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