Obituaries may be morbid, but they can be a great way to learn more about our ancestors. Oftentimes, you’ll find fascinating details about your relatives like interesting hobbies, causes of death – or in the case of a GenealogyBank obituary I recently came across, a detailed family history.
Tracing your ancestors all the way back to the Middle Ages (c.500 – 1500 CE) is a tricky business. Many people lived and died without leaving a trace of themselves in official documents, and there’s not always consistency in medieval burial markers or monuments. To make things worse, far-reaching religious and political changes like the English Civil War and the French Revolution meant the destruction of many church documents, while two world wars damaged and destroyed other artifacts and records. So, is it hopeless to try and trace your roots back that far? Not necessarily, but it will require some ingenuity and patience. Here are five tips for tracing your medieval ancestors, using English examples.
From AncestorCloud blog:
Contrary to physical brick and mortar structures, genealogical brick walls can be surmounted. Although it may seem counterintuitive to look backward to be able to move forward, that is often the needed approach to take in solving genealogical mysteries. Backward design is another tool to add to your genealogical toolbox.
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Merging duplicate records in your family tree is important. Perhaps you have inherited a giant genealogy file (GEDCOM) from a relative. What now? Follow along in our series on Inherited Genealogy Files as we talk about how to merge the duplicates in your family tree.
Lisa Louise Cooke has the details at Genealogy Gems.
The collection of US newspapers on Findmypast contains almost 120 million pages, from all 50 states plus Washington D.C., Panama and the Virgin Islands. Titles include a variety of local papers, as well as national publications including the New York Times and the Washington Post.
We’ve put together a few tips and tricks to help you search our US newspaper collection so that you can find out more about your family and the world in which they lived.
To learn more, visit: Using the US newspaper collection on Findmypast