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Coming Soon, the Colorado Family History Expo 2013

We are looking forward to seeing all our friends from last year and making new friends at the Colorado Family History Expo 2013. The Expo will be held at the Hotel Elegante (formerly the Crowne Plaza), 2886 South Circle Drive, Colorado Springs , Colorado 80906 on August 02, 2013 beginning at 12:00 PM and ending on August 03, 2013 at 4:30 PM. Full registration is $79.00 in advance or $99 at the door. Call and register today to avoid the extra charge at the door. There are five, very helpful classes... Read More →

Ask-the-Pros – Question and Answer – Danish Military Service

Question: Hans Christian Hansen was from Denmark. Family tradition has it that he was in the King’s Personal Guard and a friend. When he joined the Mormon Church there arose great persecution against Hans. The King out of gratitude and compassion for this loyal servant paid his passage to America to keep him and his family safe. Hans was born in Denmark in and is buried in Plain City, Utah. Where do I begin to look for records of his military service? Answer: It would be a good idea to learn... Read More →

Ask-the-Pros Question and Answer – Finding Maiden Names

Question: England Births & Christenings 1538-1975 Charles Stewart b. 05 jun 1817 at Wiltshire England. Father is George Stewart, mother Elizabeth without maiden name. How do I find out her maiden name and go back more generations? Past family history tells us this goes back to the Stewart dynasty? Answer: This is really two separate questions. The first question asks for help in finding the maiden name of a female ancestor. The second question implies that by finding this ancestor’s name,... Read More →

Scandinavian Naming Patterns and Lifestyles

By Ruth Ellen Maness, AG Is it “-sen” or “-sson” or “Lien” or “Ström”? The Nordic countries (Scandinavia) include Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden and their possessions. The Finnish language is totally different from the other Scandinavian countries, but Finland was under Swedish monarchial rule for much of its history. Thus, Finland’s official records are in the Swedish language from the beginning of record keeping to about... Read More →

Ask-the-Pros – Question and Answer – When did they begin taxing estates?

Question: When did they begin taxing estates in America? Where are these records found? Answer: Probate records are an excellent source of information about individuals and their families. Probate records are court records created after an individual’s death that relate to the disposition of the estate to the heirs or creditors and the care of dependents. In most cases, when there was either personal property or real property owned by the deceased, it was necessary to have the estate probated,... Read More →

Join us in Colorado for the Family History Expo 2013

Join us in Colorado Springs at the Hotel Elegante (formerly the Crowne Plaza) for two days of exceptional classes to learn how to do your family history research and extend your pedigree. The Colorado Family History Expo 2013 will be held August 2, 2013 beginning at 12:00 pm and August 3 until 4:30 pm. Click here for a complete listing of all of the classes and presenters. The Expo will be held at the Hotel Elegante, 2886 South Circle Drive, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906. The Hotel Elegante Colorado... Read More →

Ask-the-Pros – Question and Answer – Finding the Immigrant’s Origin

Question: My Great-Grandfather’s gravemarker has the inscription “A Native of Armagh County.” He was a Protestant immigrant to Canada from Ireland in 1846. Where can I go to find more information about his origins in Ireland? Answer: Unfortunately, to make any progress with this type of question, we would need a lot more information about the ancestor. The general rule of looking for the immigrant is to look in the country of arrival or where they lived when they died. Most of the... Read More →