Don’t lose your family history

Don’t wait!

How does this fit into your family history?If you have the slightest inkling, or if there is any possibility that you will want to investigate or know more about your family history and ancestors some day, take action now.

I’m not kidding you. The number one regret I hear from family, friends and clients is that they wish they would have asked their parents, grandparents, great grandparents and other relatives about their lives when they had a chance.

How many of you have old family photos that are not marked or dated and you have absolutely no idea who they are? Get all the info here…

The Cat House on the Kings – Silent Auction



New Service at Personal Pedigree



Finding Lucy

Lucy Duglus/Duglass and Janie Cresswell Lamar



Photo, taken around 1851, with the writing on back of it Read More…

Pets and Personal Pedigree

Pets and personal pedigree, Caerbert, Helen - washing cockersOne thing is for certain, pets are part of our family tree.  No, they are not “blood relatives”, but they are part of our identity.

Through history, different animals have played a close part in the lives of those they are near.  At times, a man’s horse was part of his identity.  Great examples are: General Lee and his horse Traveller or Roy Rogers and his horse Trigger.

Other animals are known well, even if we can’t think of or even know what family they lived with – Lassie (really named Pal – and did you know that 10 generations of Pal’s direct descendants have portrayed Lassie in film and on television from 1943 – 2007?), Rin Tin Tin, Elsa the lioness from the movie Born Free and many, many faithful military or service dogs. Learn more here…

Find Your Family Tree the Simple Way

When you first start out to find your family tree, you’ll probably find that you’re asking yourself, “Who are MY ancestors?”   You may even start to look and quickly find that you get overwhelmed with all the different pieces of information.

Didn’t things used to be simpler before the age of the internet?  It seems now that when you ask a question you get so much information that you end up getting answers to questions you never even thought to ask. You know what I mean?

Well, to be honest, it really is simpler to find your family tree now then it used to be, but you just have to be a bit of an ancestry detective to get the information you want and make sure that it’s correct.

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Build Your Family Tree – Errors in Dates

It sometimes takes clever work to build your family tree.

Building a family tree takes patience.

This is another post in the series designed to help you build your family tree.  This is the fourth in the series that started on 1 Jan 2014 with Tracing Danish Ancestors.  I hope these prove useful to you in your family history search.

When you set out to build your family tree you’re going to run into incorrect dates and dates that make no sense.  Understand that any dates you find should be looked upon skeptically.  Know that you should not trust them until you verify they are correct.  Only then should you use them to verify other facts.

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Family History Search Advice: Use the Facts

Churches are a great place to look for your family history search.

Churches often have great facts for your research.

This is another post to help you with your family history search.  It probably should have been the first one in the series, which started with the post Tracing Danish Ancestors,  as what I cover pertains to the others as well, but there you go.  I hope you find these posts useful for what to do and what not to do when you’re trying to build your family tree.

When I first started my personal family history search I often needed help with my ancestry.  I would get stuck and then go off on all sorts of tangents trying to get going again.  After much trial and error, and a lot of helpful advice from others, I’ve found ways to get around many barriers that are prevalent when you start delving into the past, where records are sometimes scarce and hard to verify. Read More…

Find Your Ancestry: What’s in a Name?

To find your ancestry often requires searching ship manifests.You have to realize that when set out to find your ancestry and build your family tree that you are going to get stuck occasionally.  It’s almost certainly going to happen, so I thought I would write some posts and give you some tips on what you can do to get going again.

One of the first things that you should do is to look for variations in the spelling of the names and even variations in the names themselves. Read More…

Tracing Danish Ancestors

Tracing Danish ancestors back to Denmark can certainly be challenging. Realize that up until 1826, when the use of patronymic surnames was legally abolished, there was quite a system in use. If you study the diagram below, you can see the pattern of naming that was used. Consider Jens Sørensen to be the father and Kirsten Mortensdatter to be the mother. You can see that Jens’ last name is a combination of his father’s first name, “Søren” + the Danish word for “son” – “sen” = Sørensen. Kirsten takes her father’s first name for her surname but it is a combination of his name, “Morten” and the Danish word for “daughter” – “datter” = Mortensdatter. This is simple.

For Jens and Kirsten’s children, the names are a combination of the grandparents and parents names, depending on if you are first born or not. First-born children get the paternal grandparent names and second-born children get the maternal grandparent names.

Tracing Danish Ancestors chart

I have been tracing Danish ancestors of a family and I will give you some of the things that I have run into and how you can find the answers if you let your imagination create possibilities. So, although this was a system in use, there were always exceptions like everything in life.

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