What’s in a Middle Name?

All genealogists know the value of a person’s last name and how important a first name is in finding out who is who in your family tree. But what about a middle name? There is great value in the middle name and they can be an important tool in your genealogy search. So, what’s in a middle name? How…

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What is the Mayflower Society?

There are all kinds of heritage and genealogy societies. In 2016, we learned about the DAR, better known as the Daughters of the American Revolution. Today, we’ll learn about the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. A society of members who are confirmed descendants of those who settled in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620.

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Never Have My Ancestors Ever….. Part 2

Earlier, we posted a blog about a twist to the party game “Never Have I ever“. In this blog, we listed some things that our ancestors never experienced in their lifetime either due to lack of technology or other circumstances. Let’s put another twist on this game and list some things that “Never Have We Ever” experienced things that…

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Cinco De Mayo and the Latin Heritage and Culture

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Today we observe the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862. As we continue to celebrate and learn about heritage and cultures from around the world, it makes sense to mention Cinco de Mayo and its historical significance to the Latin culture.

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Exploring the Mountain West Digital Library

We often find the need to locate genealogical records that go beyond Ancestry.com, FamilySearch and many other sites that provide access to databases. That doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with those websites, there is just soooo much information out there that has yet to be found. Some of these databases could be more local to you than you…

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Never Have My Ancestors Ever….. Part 1

Never Have I ever, is a popular party game where people make a statement about something that they have never done in their lives. If someone else in the group has done that activity, they must perform an activity. Let’s put a twist on this game and name some common daily activities that our ancestors “Never have they ever”…

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Church Records – An Invaluable but Often Unknown Resource

Despite your current religious affiliation or belief, you may have come across the need to research church records to find information regarding your ancestors. One of these resources may be through the Catholic Church system. I recently attended an event that explained Sacramental Church Records, how they are useful in genealogy research and how to contact the church for…

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