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 »

Researching Urban-Dwelling Ancestors: Trick or Treat?

Happy (almost) Halloween, Everyone! Costume making, party planning, pumpkin carving – it has been a busy few weeks around here! I love sharing these traditions with my family and can’t help but think of how Halloween traditions have simultaneously evolved and endured over generations. How priceless is this Halloween photo from one of our family…Read more »

Finding Out More about Probate Records Part II

A few weeks ago, I admitted to some considerable knowledge gaps when it comes to probate records. Ancestry’s recent mass digitization of probate records left me with a lot of questions. I decided to reinvest some income I received doing document retrievals and educate myself on this topic. I am happy to say I finally…Read more »