Week Three – Unusual Name – Crookshanks

When I was trying to decide what “unusual name” to choose, I kept coming back to those of my ancestors who had unusual surnames.  When you spend a vast amount of time researching men named John Miller, you get really excited when you find a surname that sticks out.  While scrolling through my ancestors list,…

Week Two – Challenge – Burchfield vs Henderson

Illegitimate children, by definition, are a challenge.  Especially when you are a genealogist and especially when all the parties involved have passed away.  Add in some surname swapping and changes in spelling and you may have an idea of my current challenge.  Really, my challenge for the last several years. My 2x Great Grandfather, Abraham…

Week One – First – Vera Elizabeth Martin

I debated for a while who I would profile this week for the #52Ancestor challenge.  There were so many different ways to interpret to the theme of “first”.  Should I talk about the first ancestor I ever researched?  Should I talk about someone’s first job?  So many decisions!  For some reason, I kept coming back…

Putting the Thanks in Thanksgiving

I love the holidays.  There is nothing better than family getting together and sharing stories.  Thanksgiving is like the Super Bowl of family stories.  Some of these stories are true and some are just family folklore, but all of it brings us together. These stories are a treasure, so why not use them for a…

Giveaway: Ghosts of Ancestors Past

In the spirit of Halloween, I wanted to have a giveaway that embraced the ghosts of our ancestors.  I’m giving away the book, How To Research Like A Pro by Diana Elder.  I love this book and it’s really helped me out, so I want to “help” a fellow family researcher! To enter: all you…

Tuesday’s Tips: Never Forget

When I woke up this morning, I knew I had to say something.  Every year on the anniversary, I relive that day.  I can remember every detail as if it was yesterday.  Sometimes when you have memories like that, you cannot help but talk about it. As I was debating with myself on if I…

Tuesday’s Tips: Take Notes

So today’s tip is coming from a personal preference…something that I started doing and have found helpful.  I hope you find it helpful too! If you are like me, when you do research you tend to take notes on anything and everything.  Then when you go to input the information you’ve found, you have no…

Hanging Out With The Cool Kids In The Irish DNA Group

If you’ve ever searched for genealogy groups on Facebook you know there are oodles of them.  It seems that every area of the world has their own page designated to their specific area.  Some are awesome…and some are not…but I’m here to tell you about some cool kids that I’ve met. I stumbled on the…

What Is GedMatch and How Do I Use It?

If you’ve been around Genealogy DNA for a bit, you’ve more than likely heard of the site GedMatch.  GedMatch is a great (and free!) tool you can use to dive deeper into your DNA results. In simple terms, GedMatch is a catch-all for all DNA testers.  No matter the test (with some exceptions) you can find…

Am I On the Maury Show?!

I remember whenever I stayed home sick in high school, I would spend my day on the couch watching daytime television.  One of my favorite guilty pleasures was the Maury Povich show and the best episodes were always the one with paternity tests.  Talk about drama! To a sixteen year old girl, this was television…