1870’s Marriage Certificate Found in Thrift Shop: The Whole Story

National media picked up this family history story about the 1870’s marriage certificate that was found in the back of a painting in a thrift shop. I’m the one who solved the mystery of this old marriage certificate. In this episode, I’m going to share with you the whole story,Continue Reading

Freedmen's Bureau Records on Ancestry

EXTRA EXTRA – NEW TODAY! Ancestry has announced the addition of the Freedmen’s Bureau and Freedman Bank Records available for free!  This is 3.5 million records that is a huge benefit for those researching their African American and poor or indigent white ancestors in the post Civil War era.  TheContinue Reading

Member Connect on Ancestry.com

Wouldn’t it be great to collaborate with other genealogists about the same ancestors you are researching? You can with Ancestry.com’s Member Connect. 📃 There is a handout for Information Access Channel Members. Channel Members can find the handouts in the Community Tab on the YouTube channel. Continue Reading

How to use the Card Catalog at Ancestry.com

This is the #1 way to search on Ancestry to get more results! It’s better than chasing hints. Learn five pro tricks to help you search the Ancestry Card Catalog.  Here we’ll talk about various filter techniques, using wildcards to improve your search, keyword searches, and category searching.  📃 ThereContinue Reading

Obituaries & Marriages Indexed on Ancestry.com from Newspapers.com + Family Data Collection? One World Tree?

In this Q & A with Crista Cowan, we talk about the obituaries and marriages that are now indexing on Ancestry.com from images on Newspapers.com. Also I ask what is the Family Data Collection and One World Tree? Continue Reading

Find More Genealogy Facts with the Trifecta Strategy Wall Buster

NEW! The Trifecta Strategy uses 3 to the Third Power to solve your brick walls.  It uses Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org and one other genealogy repository of your choice (like FindMyPast.com or MyHeritage.com). Breakdown those brick walls with this new strategy.  The Trifecta Strategy is designed to keep you focused on aContinue Reading