Lineage Societies

Have you heard people talking about their membership in the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) or the Mayflower Society and wondered what it was all about? These are just two examples of lineage societies which are an important part of the genealogy world. According to the Lineage Society of America, “A lineage society is…

Gretna Greens

If you’re having trouble finding a marriage record for your ancestors, take note of a term called “Gretna Green,” which could help you expand your search and finally break through that brick wall. The term “Gretna Green” comes from the name of a town that was close to the border of England and Scotland. When…

Maps Galore

Every genealogist, at some point or another, will need to use a map. A recent Legacy Family Tree webinar covered some online map websites with land ownership maps. The sites are worth knowing; put them in your genealogy tool box for future reference: Library of Congress has a Map Collection which includes maps and atlases. Atlases often have histories of…

Genealogy Networking Update

We enjoyed another evening of genealogy conversation last night at our Genealogy Networking Group. We shared research successes and tips and we brainstormed as well. High points of the evening include: Coming up with ideas for one of our group who is doing a one-name-study on his surname and who wants to contact living relatives…

Atlas of Historical County Boundaries

We who live in the 21st century find it difficult to imagine that the counties we live in now have not always been in existence. For example, before Illinois became a state in 1819, some of the downstate counties extended as far north as Wisconsin and Minnesota. Ten years later, in 1829, Illinois’ northern counties were…