Category: Family History

  • How to Find an Ancestor Who Changed Their Name

    How to Find an Ancestor Who Changed Their Name

    Why did our ancestors change their names? They changed their names for several reasons, making it harder for us to find them. So, let’s put on a detective hat and channel our inner Hercule Poirot to get to the bottom of the case of finding an ancestor who changed their name. Finding an ancestor who […]

  • How to Find Out if You Have Irish Heritage

    How to Find Out if You Have Irish Heritage

    You can find Irish people and their culture across the world, and since the 1700s, around 5 million Irish people have emigrated to the USA. In America, many people have Irish heritage, and maybe you’re wondering if you’re one of them. If you have a sneaking suspicion that your family came from Ireland, where do […]

  • How to Find Out if You Have Italian Heritage

    You can find Italian culture in cities all over the globe, especially here in America. At the beginning of the 20th century, 4 million Italian immigrants lived in the USA. Today, over 16 million of their descendants identify as Italian-American. So, if there are tales of European relatives in your family, you might be wondering […]

  • 50 Last Names that Come from Jobs: A Brief History

    Last names are so much fun to look at – especially looking into their history. And one common source of surnames is from the distant past, where people adopted their job description as their family name. Many family names or surnames were adopted based on jobs or occupations. These names come from across history, cultures, […]

  • How Do You Honor Ancestors? 12 Family History Celebrations

    The holidays are all about fun, food, tradition, and family – with family being the most important part. But so that we don’t have to limit celebrating our families during the holidays, let’s expand our horizons. That way, no matter what time of the year it is, we can answer the question: how can we […]

  • Why Are Some Last Names So Common?

    Growing up with a rarer (and deceptively simple to pronounce) surname, part of me envied kids who had more common last names – that didn’t get tripped up on during that first day of school’s attendance. But it has made me wonder – why some last names are more common than others. So, I asked […]

  • How Do Family Trees Work with Cousins?

    Some of my best memories growing up involve my cousins. They’re amazing people and I’m lucky they’re part of my family – but where do they fit in my family tree? How do family trees work with cousins? Cousins aren’t traditionally included in a family tree. However, expanded family trees can be built to include […]

  • Celebrating Genealogy: 9 Family Tradition Ideas Anyone Can Use

    Genealogy doesn’t have to be dry – or boring. In fact, if you learn some fun ways to celebrate it with family traditions, it can be downright fun – and amazing. So, let’s talk about family tradition ideas. Family traditions that celebrate genealogy can be both fun and educational – and they don’t have to […]

  • 21+ Best Family Reunion Ideas to Celebrate Family History

    From what I understand, family reunions can either be huge drains – or can be amazing and enriching experiences. So what are some awesome family reunion activity ideas to help celebrate family history – that are also totally awesome? Celebrating family history can enrich family reunions by adding stories, creating traditions, cooking meals together, or […]

  • The Best Genealogy Software by Price and Usability

    When you first start out with genealogy, you’re going to need a place to store all of your information. But what is the best way to do that? What is the best genealogy software – by price and usability? Some of the best genealogy software is made by FamilySearch, Ancestry, and MyHeritage, though there are […]