A Day in the Life of an Ancestor

Responding to a challenge to write about an ancestor on a particular day, Tom from our Genealogy Networking Group shared this amazing day during the life of his wife’s distant cousin. Charles G. Robson October. 27, 1858 It began like any other day but concluded very differently.  Charles G. Robson opened the General Store and…

A Year in the Life of An Ancestor

At a recent Genealogy Networking Group meeting several people responded to the challenge of writing up an ancestor’s profile on one particular day or year. They agreed to share them on the blog. Today we read about Pam’s grandmother in 1918. Clara Smolen Krull This year a century ago This year a century ago, my…

Adoption Genealogy Research

Do you have ancestors who were adopted but don’t know how to go about researching them? Having an adopted ancestor can often be one of the most frustrating and challenging aspects of genealogy research. In times past, records of adoptions weren’t as well kept as they are today, making searching for the link between birth parents…

Free Genealogy Database Access

I hope you don’t have anything planned for this weekend, because we’ve got a genealogy bonanza on our hands. No less than three membership databases are opening their records for free, for a limited time only: AmericanAncestors, run by the New England Historic and Genealogical Society, is offering free access to 1.4 billion names from…

Genealogy Networking Group Update

On the first Thursday night of October our intrepid group of genealogy networkers met again in the meeting room of Cook Park Library to share ideas and have some fun. We looked through a few databases on TryIt! Illinois, and we attempted to decipher a mystery photo. Then we shared some stories. A challenge had…