United States of America Family History & Genealogy Articles
- Am I Related to Famous People?
If you have an Ancestral File Number (AFN), answering this question is a breeze. Ancestral File, created by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is a lineage-linked database containing over 36 million names.
- Animated County Boundary Maps – FREE!
Many genealogical records are kept on the county level in the United States. For this reason, in US research, it is necessary to pinpoint counties where ancestors resided in order to locate historic records about them; however, these boundaries have changed over time.
- Calendar Changes in Christendom
In 1582, following instructions from Pope Gregory XIII, European countries began changing their calendars. The first day of the year was moved from 25 March to 1 January and specific numbers of days were dropped to correct lags accumulated during the Middle Ages.
- Center for Family History and Genealogy
The Center for Family History and Genealogy was organized by faculty at Brigham Young University (BYU) in the year 2000. BYU offers a B.A. degree in Family History and Genealogy.
- Finding Elusive Ancestors in Online Census Indexes
“I know they have to be there!” is a commonly heard complaint amongst those who can’t find their ancestors in US census record indexes. Census records should help genealogists expand their roots, not stunt their growth. Many times, researchers are correct in conclusions that ancestors should be found in certain locations, even when they can’t find them listed in indexes.
- Genealogical Value of the Southern Twang
Everyone’s heard it, y’awl, awl-rite, but did you know the Southern twang can help you discover your ancestral origins? The Southern accent, which some people love and some people hate, derived from dialects spoken in different regions of the British Isles.
- Global Batch Numbers for the “International Genealogical Index”
The “International Genealogical Index” (IGI), produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), is without doubt the most comprehensive resource for genealogists worldwide. In order to reap the greatest benefits from this compilation, researchers must understand how this database was created.
- The Global Civil Registration Timeline
Civil registration, or government-mandated recording of births, marriages, and deaths, began in France under the rule of Napoleon. This useful idea spread throughout the Western World during the century that followed.
- Localize Your Surname with Distribution Maps
Genealogists and various organizations in Europe and North America have produced maps that make learning about your surnames fun!
- Modern County Finder
Trying to figure out what county a city or town in the US belongs to? Look no further, the United States Geological Survey’s Geographic Names Information System identifies modern county jurisdictions for towns, cities, landmarks, and even rivers and creeks.
- Oft-Overlooked Source in LDS Research
Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have instructed members of the LDS Church to trace their family histories for nearly 175 years, ever since the Prophet Joseph Smith received revelations from the Lord about the eternal nature of families.
- One-Name Studies
A one-name study is a project researching all occurrences of a surname, as opposed to a particular pedigree or descendancy. Most one-name studies are of less-common names, although there is a Miller ONS. Spelling variants need be determined as research progresses.
- One-Place Studies
Imagine how exciting it would be if, after discovering the birthplace of an ancestor, you learned some dedicated soul had taken the time to sort out all of the families in your ancestor’s community. Think how much time it would save you! Administrators of one-place studies do just that.
- Online Access to US Federal Censuses
Access every US Federal Census from the comfort of your own home!
- Origins of Colonial Chesapeake Indentured Servants: American and English Sources Indentured servants were not glamorous or famous figures in colonial.