Thankful for My Badass Puritan Pilgrim Ancestors

The terms “badass” and “Puritan” probably shouldn’t go together but for this post, I’m daring to use them side by side. As we prepare our Turkey dinners and get ready to spend time with family and friends tomorrow, we reflect on what Thanksgiving truly means and how it all began.  In doing genealogical research this past year, I’ve discovered several ancestors who arrived to America in the 1600’s during what was referred to as The Great Migration. During this time, English Puritans arrived to The new world in hopes to free themselves of religious persecution and start anew with a like-minded

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Wednesday Wisdom: Facebook Groups For Genealogy

How do Facebook groups help you with genealogical research? Here’s how… For today’s Tuesday tip Wednesday Wisdom, I wanted to recommend a resource that many people are familiar with but may not consider for genealogical purposes – Facebook Groups. Facebook Groups have been an invaluable resource for many over the years for every topic such as Parenting, Medical Issues and now, genealogical research.  The most resourceful groups on Facebook often have a clean cut list of rules for engagement and have dedicated moderators who manage the conversation to make sure it’s on topic and stays friendly.  Several groups do require

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Review of BU’s Genealogical Research Certificate Program

It’s been a little while since I’ve finished the program but the content is still fresh in my mind, so now is the perfect time to write a review with my experience.  I signed up for Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate Program back in March or April of this year and began the class in May.  Luckily, I discovered a group for course participants (past and future) on Facebook and asked the group what to expect.  The group answered candidly and told me to expect to kiss my social life goodbye and explained that it would take anywhere from 30+

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Free Resource Friday: Library of Congress

For this Free Resource Friday post, I’m recommending the Library of Congress.  Prior to taking my Genealogical Research class, I had a shortlist of favorite resources to tap into and that short list has now turned into about 20 pages worth of incredible resources that I look forward to sharing over time. Through this class, I became aware of the Library of Congress site as a key resource. I’m sure for any established genealogist, this site is a no-brainer in terms of the top sites to access, but for everyone else – I wanted to share in case it hasn’t fallen

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Free Resource Friday: Archive.org

In my last article, I mentioned FamilySearch.org as a fantastic free source of information, so thought I’d include another great resource to use to dig up some information.  As you first begin genealogy, the many free resources available online are a great place to start before you invest. One of the best resources I’ve found has been Archive.org.   This site describes itself as a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. From a genealogy perspective, it pulls from a plethora of available historical online resources that have been digitized, indexed and are searchable.  While this is something you

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Genealogical Research Course – Boston University

While life is very busy these days, I convinced myself to enroll for Boston University’s Genealogical Research Course. After I read several compelling reviews (particularly this one), I saw this course as an opportunity to dive deep into genealogy to learn the ins and outs.  While several other certificate courses exist, it appeared that some are not offered online or they’re more costly and not necessarily what I was looking for from a subject standpoint. I tend to focusing heavily on the exciting discovery of new information without necessarily documenting it properly.  To solve for this, the course will go through the detailed process from

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3 Tips To Help You Get Started On Your Family Tree

Building a family tree with stories and historical data will ultimately take a great deal of time. It is challenging, frustrating and exciting all at the same time. But in the end, that amazing feeling that you and your future generations will feel from really “knowing” your ancestors and what happened in the past to allow you to be here now, is indeed a gift that is “priceless”.  While you  may not have time to do in-depth research at the moment, you can get started and continue to do it over time. I’ve spoken with many people who are interested in

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