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Weekly Tip: Mill Girls

Addie Card, age 12. From the Library of Congress, By Gena Philibert Ortega Morning bells I hate to hear, Ringing dolefully, loud, and drear, &c. Now isn’t it a pity Such a pretty girl as I, Should be sent to the factory To pine away and die. –From The Lowell Offering, page 48 Sometimes referred to as Mill Girls, or Factory Girls, one of the options for women (and children) who needed to earn money during the mid 1800s was working... Read More →

Weekly Tip: Working on the Railroad

By Gena Philibert Ortega Did your ancestor work for the railroad? Whether he was a conductor, a trainman, an engineer or one of the countless others who helped to lay the tracks across the United States, there is something that can help you learn more about their work. The United States has a rich railroading history that includes tragedy and triumph. Researching railroading ancestors can be difficult due to company mergers and lack of personnel records, but the following ideas may help you find... Read More →

Grand Prize Announced for Atlanta Family History Expo

* * If you’ve ever been to an Family History Expo, you know that there is a grand prize drawing at the end of each one. We are pleased to announce the blockbuster grand prize for the Atlanta Family History Expo: a complimentary registration to an upcoming Family History Library Retreat! * This prize, valued at $399, includes five FULL days of research at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, as well as sessions taught by professional genealogists and one-on-one guidance with your family... Read More →’s Josh Hanna: Opening Keynote Speaker at the Atlanta Family History Expo

* Family History Expos is pleased to announce that Josh Hanna, Executive Vice President and Head of Global Marketing at, is our opening keynote speaker for the Atlanta Family History Expo. * * Joshua Hanna has served as the Executive Vice President and Head of Global Marketing at since June 2010. Mr. Hanna held multiple positions with Ancestry from November 2001, including Senior Vice President and General Manager of International, Vice President of International Business,... Read More →

Just Announced! Atlanta Family History Expo Friday Event

Handling and Healing the Skeletons in Your Genealogical Closet Friday Night Banquet & Distinguished Keynote Presentation Featuring M. Bridget Cook, Transformational Speaker & National Bestselling Author Sign up today for a veritable feast! Enjoy a delicious dinner, a motivational speech, and receive your signed copy of this national bestselling book for FREE! Everybody’s got them—although not everyone wants to claim them… The Unspeakables. Like the descendants of Jesse... Read More →

Weekly Tip: Is There a Doctor in the House? Researching the Physician in Your Family Tree

By Gena Philibert Ortega When you know the occupations of your ancestors, it can be exciting to uncover documents that pertain to their working lives. If they had professional occupations, you are even more likely to find additional records—more so than if they were farmers or not employed at all. So where do you start if you have physician ancestors? How do you find more information about their lives? The following provides some ideas for researching the doctors in your family tree. Explore... Read More →

California Family History Expo – Blogger Re-cap

* We had a fabulous time in Pleasanton at the California Family History Expo. Great classes, great sponsors and great exhibitors made it a weekend of genealogy fun for our attendees. * Several attendees and Bloggers of Honor chronicled their own Expo adventures on their blogs: * Blogger of Honor Elizabeth O’Neal of Little Bytes of Life is a busy mom who enjoyed a weekend of genealogy and friends. Heading to the Expo Friday Fun: California Family History Expo! California Family History Expo... Read More →

Family History Expos 2011 Call For Papers

Learn the Tech to Trace Your Roots! Family History Expos 2011 Call for Papers Mesa, Arizona – January 21-22, 2011 St. George, Utah – February 25-26, 2011 Presenters on our speaker list receive direct email with details on our upcoming Expos as they are added to the event calendar. If you would like to be added to our speaker list please submit your current email address to Insert “Add to Speaker List” in the subject line. In the main body of the message... Read More →