Which Newspaper did your Ancestors Read? Or Breaking through Brick Walls with the Chicago Daily News

When we look at our ancestor’s lives through the filter of our modern view point, we genealogists often make faulty assumptions. For example, our modern mindset finds difficulty with the thought that a person born just a few generations ago might not have known his or her birth date or even birth year. In fact,…Read more »

15 Ways I Became a Better Genealogist in 2015

2015 was quite a year. One for the history books, in my opinion. For one, I will never forget watching history as Thoroughbred racing’s American Pharoah won the first Triple Crown in almost 36 years. Something, as a lifelong horse lover, I had been waiting my whole life to see. This year also saw the…Read more »

I Just Qualified for the Boston Marathon and I’d Like to Thank my Great-Great-Grandfather

If you came to this post as a runner, and not as a genealogist, you can find out more about my Boston Qualifying journey here. This past weekend was a pretty eventful one for our family. On Saturday, I ran the St. George Marathon in Southern Utah and qualified for the 2017 Boston Marathon. Qualifying…Read more »