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Sources for Researching Your Civil War Ancestor

By Gena Philibert Ortega **Image Courtesy of This month marks the start of the American Civil War 150 years ago.  Looking to begin research on a Civil War ancestor?  Consider some of the following resources. Books Braxton-Secret, Jeanette. Guide to Tracing Your African American Civil War Ancestor. Bowie, Md: Heritage Books, 1997. Dollarhide, William. Genealogical Resources of the Civil War Era: Online and Published Military or Civilian Name Lists, 1861-1869, & Post-War Veteran... Read More →

Spelling & Pronunciation Matters!

At the recent Family History Expo Retreat in Salt Lake, Judith Eccles Wight gave several presentations. In one she used this example: An Italian Catholic priest with the “real” name of Samuel Mazzuchelli was known by his constituents as “Mathew Kelly.”  Say that tongue-twisting surname out loud and you’ll quickly see how this would happen. George Ott, a professional researcher in the Family History Library, told how he was looking for the Shadoyn family in the 1880... Read More →

Nielsene’s Story….. from the April FHE Retreat.

This image has nothing and everything to do with the story Dorothy shared with me at the recent Family History Expo Retreat in Salt Lake City. Here is her (wonderful!) story: Over dinner, Dorothy talked more about her Danish research problem.  Her entire ancestral family had emigrated from Denmark in the 1880s except the oldest unmarried sister, Nielsene. The family had been converted by LDS missionaries and all eventually came to America.  But not Nielsene. And Dorothy always wondered... Read More →

Weekly Tip: Finding Genealogy Websites

By Gena Philibert Ortega You’ve checked; you’ve looked at the free resources at the US Genweb; you’ve even searched the subscription websites available through the FamilySearch Center Portal.  What’s your next step? It can be difficult to find genealogical information on the Internet if you don’t know where to look. While using a search engine like Google is a good first start, you may also want to consider website indexes and lists and genealogical... Read More →

Corrected and Updated Weekly Tip: Scotland

We have received several comments on our Scotland Weekly Tip from last week and have rewritten it here with more accurate and up to date information. We are thrilled to offer this additional information to each of you. Civil registration in Scotland began in 1855.  Not all events are registered. Names of fathers and mothers (including maiden surnames) are usually listed in the marriage and death records.  Marriage dates and places are also listed in Scottish birth records with the exception... Read More →