popular topics in family history and genealogy

  • Family spending time with each other and playing with balloons at family reunion
    Family Life
    15 Unique Family Reunion Ideas
    Somehow you have managed to get the entire family to meet together in one location on a chosen date. Congratulations! If you can do this, you can do anything… including a plan for the rest of the reunion, or delegate someone to help. If you’r...
    Miranda Altice
  • Family enjoying thanksgiving dinner and chatting about at their family tree and geneaology
    Family History and Genealogy
    How to Use Thanksgiving to Jumpstart Your Genealogy and Family Tree Research
    Thanksgiving is a time to focus on gratitude and spending time with family. This makes it a perfect time to jumpstart your genealogy and family tree research. You can learn more from sitting around the table with family members and asking good qu...
    Charise Rohm Nulsen
  • Genealogy Charts and Logs Printables
    Family Genealogy Form & Tracker
    Use this family tree form to keep genealogical information organized. ...
  • woman looking through box of family heirlooms to pass down
    Family Life
    The Ultimate List of Family Heirlooms to Pass Down to Your Kids One Day
    In a world where minimalism and Marie Kondo style tidying up are gaining traction, many families can find themselves clearing out and downsizing. Which leaves us questioning what to save to pass on to our children.  More: The Importance of Deve...
    Jennifer Caffelle
  • black and white photos found during genealogy research
    Family Life
    5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting Genealogy Research
    Everyone has a story to tell, your ancestors included. But if you're one of the millions of Americans who want to know those stories, you’ll need to connect with your inner genealogist. When my brother decided to wade through centuries of the p...
    Miranda Altice
  • woman listening to genealogy podcast
    Entertainment and Activities
    5 Family History & Genealogy Podcasts to Listen to This Fall
    Genealogy and family history have become hot topics for many families thanks to affordable and easy ways to test your DNA. These tests allow us to do everything from discovering how prone we are to like a certain ice cream flavor to learning impo...
    Charise Rohm Nulsen
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    Family Tree
    Pedigree or Family Tree Charts
    Pedigree or Family Tree Charts The family tree form you begin with is a pedigree chart, an ascendant chart. On it you start with yourself and work back in time, generation by generation, filling in your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents,...
  • developing a strong family narrative in kids
    Kids
    The Importance of Developing a Strong Family Narrative for Your Kids
    As parents, we want our children to have it all. We bend over backwards researching the best of everything, feeding them healthy foods, shuttling them to activities; yet for many of us, we stop short of truly providing our kids with it all as we ...
    Charise Rohm Nulsen
  • woman talking to grandma about family health history
    Pregnancy
    Compiling Your Family Health History Before Conceiving
    When you decide to try for a new baby, consider doing a bit of research into your family history. Why? You will want to know whether your future child is disposed to any illnesses or genetic abnormalities, so you can best prepare.  More: Should...
    Elisa Cinelli
  • 9/11 memorial
    Family Life
    Talking to Kids About 9/11 As Part of Their Family History
    It was 9:02 am on September 11, 2001, when I watched United Airlines 175, the second plane, fly into the World Trade Center’s south tower. The scenes from the flames, flying debris, and desperate jumpers are indescribable. My first thoughts soa...
    Miranda Altice
  • Family Life
    History of Names
    Genealogy: Recording Names and Places
    Genealogy: Recording Names and Places If someone is known by more than one name, put the alternate name or names in parentheses after the surname, preceded by “a.k.a.” (also known as). As an example, John Smith (a.k.a. John Taylor). This sit...
  • baby books in genealogy search
    Family History and Genealogy
    Using Baby Books as a Genealogy Tool
    Looking at old baby books may be a good place to learn more about your family and its history.  Many people seek to learn more about their family history. Some wish to preserve this information for future generations, while others may want to r...
    Elisa Cinelli
  • Family Life
    Conducting Genealogical Research
    Archive It! 5 Key Questions & Tips to Preserve Your Family History
    Archive It! 5 Key Questions & Tips to Preserve Your Family History Are you overwhelmed by the prospect of managing your old family photos, VHS tapes, slides, and film reels? You're not alone. Less than 5 percent of American families have scann...
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    Indoor Activities
    Exploring History: My Life Timeline Activity
    Exploring History: My Life Timeline Activity One of the hardest things for a child to grasp about history is that at some time or another, all those historical events were the present. Not to mention that at the time, people probably didn't kno...
  • Family Life
    Family History and Genealogy
    Family Artifacts and Genealogy
    Family Artifacts and GenealogyRemember those old trunks and boxes you saw when playing around the attic and basement as a child? When you asked, Mom said they were just “family things.” Ask Mom to go through the attic with you. Make sure you...
  • Woman writing with pen in hand
    Conducting Genealogical Research
    A Step-By-Step Guide to Your Genealogical Treasure Hunt
    Are you curious about your ancestors? Exploring your family history can take some work, but with a little digging, you can uncover a goldmine of information. Try these tips to help uncover information and interesting facts about your family tree....
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Family Life
    Conducting Genealogical Research
    Who Do You Think You Are?
    Who Do You Think You Are? For many, the first instinct is to jump on the computer, but if you can discipline yourself to do a little offline sleuthing beforehand, you'll ultimately go a lot further a lot faster. Investigate the clues you've prob...
  • Family Life
    Conducting Genealogical Research
    Get Hooked on Your Family History
    Get Hooked on Your Family History We recently spoke with Megan Smolenyak, the author of the book Who Do You Think You Are?, the companion to the NBC television series by the same name. A sixth-grade family history project hooked Megan Smolenyak i...
    Erin Dower