Category Archive: Ancestry.com

One obit yields a dozen – Kirkpatrick Kirk – Michigan

Don’t you just hate it when the newspaper item says Mrs. instead of the woman’s first name? I know I’ve posted about this before but this post is different because it took me… Continue reading

Brick wall – VanPaemel  wed  DeGrande – Belgium/Michigan

It was a foggy, cold, windy night and out of the inky blackness appeared this sultry mysterious woman, wearing a silk cyan face mask. She came right up to me and stopped a… Continue reading

Who is Mrs Elmer Hile? – Michigan – 1927

Don’t you just hate it when the newspaper item has the woman’s name as Mrs., and not her given name? I ran into that problem while working on a Sep 1927 news story… Continue reading

Hansen Family Trees

In the last blog post “Lester G Hansen – Ludington, Michigan“, I said I would look into how the various trees, that have Hansen’s on them, are connected. I created a folder to… Continue reading

Lester G Hansen – Ludington Michigan

Here is another example of how finding one small newspaper item will lead to many other family items in the newspaper. I saw a small item in a Ludington newspaper which told of… Continue reading

How To Create a MS Word Table for Your Family Tree List

If you are like most genealogists, you have more than one tree for your family. And since you are a true genealogist you help other people with their trees, so you have their… Continue reading

Genealogy Lost and Found – Erich Martin

UPDATE: From the FaceBook page we got this today (18Mar2020) Erich Martin “Relatives of both families have contacted me! I’m so happy to be able to get these pics and other things back… Continue reading

How To Fix Tiny screen prints and photos

Don’t you just hate seeing those tiny newspaper items on the family tree? I don’t mean tiny as few words. I mean tiny as not cropped to fit the screen. I do not… Continue reading

How To Add Custom Events to Facts column on a Profile Page

In Ancestry dot com you will sometimes get some Source boxes on a profile page but there are no Facts to go along with the Source. This may occur when you bring in… Continue reading

Peter O’Connell – Family Tree – Michigan

Before you continue I want you to know that you will be shown examples of how you should transcribe an obituary, how to label your files of items that you collect and finally… Continue reading

How to document news worthy incident that affects many families

On 21 Jun 1914 in Oswego, New York a boat crossing a canal capsized and twelve (12) people were drowned. The twelve (12) victims came from seven different families: Adams, Crane, Dainer, Mogg,… Continue reading

How to put relationship on a profile page

Ancestry dot com “How To” Slide 1 of 12 1. Start of Lesson 1a. Diane has a tree and wants to know how to identify the relationship between the various people on the branches;… Continue reading

Death on the tracks – 1930 news item

A tragic story in the newspaper can lead to helping others with their family trees. As readers of my blog know I review old newspaper to find obituaries, anniversaries, wedding and other interesting… Continue reading

Alberto Castello – AP news and AP index cards – 1958

I saw this photo in a 1958 newspaper and thought I would do some research on his family. In my research I found a card catalog that I had never seen before: Associated… Continue reading

Martha E Jett – age 81 – obit Jun 1950 – Virginia

Once again I found one (1) obituary and with that one obit, I was able to create a tree that has 164 people on it. The obituary I found in the The Free… Continue reading