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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Our Dream Trip to Ireland to Explore Our Irish Roots

It’s been a couple of months since I traveled to the beautiful country of Ireland but the memories of the trip stay fresh in my brain.  While going through a difficult personal time, this trip served as a cathartic journey; one that I was able to take with my mother (who the trip was intended for), as well as my father. Ireland was like something out of a storybook.  I went through moments where I felt as though I went back in time…experiencing what many of my Irish ancestors experienced.  Of all of my world travels thus far, I’d have to

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Reflections: Now vs History

Now vs History This is by no means a political blog, nor do I intend for it to be, but I felt the need to write a reflective post as my heart and mind have been heavy over the past 24 hours 7+ months. In researching my family history and that of others, and seeing history being written today, I must speak up. I’m an Independent.  Sure, I’m rather socially liberal but conservative in many other ways.  I don’t believe in “sides”.  I believe in individual beliefs that are formed by one’s own mind vs the siding of an entire party’s

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Review: MyHeritage Ethnicity Results

MyHeritage is an interesting contender in the genealogical space as the site has been around for quite a few years. Unlike Ancestry DNA [affiliate] and 23andMe, MyHeritage is rather new to the DNA component of genealogy and therefore (in my opinion) has a few kinks to work out before being considered a major player. The great news about MyHeritage is that you are able to import your raw DNA file from other sites into their site and receive additional DNA matches – for free! While that feature was a bit clunky when it first rolled out (I received a ton of

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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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