Finding the Parents of Isaac Straughen

You’d think with an unusual name like “Straughen” that it wouldn’t be difficult to identify my ancestors, but it hasn’t been easy! My 2nd great-grandfather Isaac Straughen (pictured at the top of this post) was born in 1817 in New Jersey. He reported in the 1880 census that his father was also born in New... Continue Reading →

Sharing External Media on Ancestry.com

One of my favorite things about using Ancestry to host my primary tree is that it is discoverable to other researchers. I especially love that my photos and documents will soon become a little shaky leaf waiting for others to find, and hopefully enjoy. I just get a warm and fuzzy feeling when I think... Continue Reading →

Genealogy on YouTube

I am an avid consumer of content on YouTube. Most of it has nothing to do with genealogy, but more and more I find myself wishing I had genealogy related content lining up in my subscription box. I have set out to round up all the active YouTube channels providing regular educational or entertaining genealogical content... Continue Reading →

Dad’s First Indy500

May 12, 2018 I remember the first time I came to the Indy 500 in 1976, we lined up along this road in stopped traffic for hours. I was just amazed that in the little grassy area on the right, there were just people in sleeping bags all along the road, laying in the ditch,... Continue Reading →

Earley Family Photo

A mystery has been solved! A few weeks ago I posted a video about my 2nd great grandfather George Edgar Earley. George had 10 children and in the video I was struggling to identify his daughters in a family photo. I did my best to label them by age and other things I knew, but... Continue Reading →

3 Rules for Rescuing Heirlooms

As social networking becomes increasingly popular in the genealogy community, there has been an upswing in the number of posts I see on Facebook and Twitter about other people's heirlooms "rescued" from uncertain fates. Browsing thrift stores, garage sales and Ebay for unwanted photos, marriage certificates, military memorabilia, and other treasures has become almost a... Continue Reading →

My Genealogy Vision Board

Have you ever heard of a "vision board"? It's purpose is to serve as a visual and tangible snapshot of your goals or your "ideal life". They are often constructed from poster board and magazine cutouts, but can also be created with on canvas or cork board. Vision boards have exploded in popularity among the... Continue Reading →

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