At the height of the Gold Rush in the 1850s, numerous ships came to San Francisco and never left! Today, many of them are under your feet when you walk the streets.
Talk about Dad helping his boy with a homework project. When the son was assigned to write about World War II, his father had an idea of how to bring the assignment to life… even if he didn’t think it would come to anything.
Allan Evans of Colorado says he has really done his genealogical homework, and out of deep respect for Queen Elizabeth II, will wait until her passing before claiming the throne of England! (Some things you can’t make up!)
I remember the story of how my Dad’s first wife was so enamored with her engagement ring, she tripped down some subway stairs as she stared at it! (Imagine that… and she couldn’t even use it for texting!) That was in 1934… just when this whole diamond engagement ring thing started. Talk about marketing!
We hear a lot about siblings meeting each other for the first time these days, but usually it has to do with DNA. Here’s the old fashioned gumshoe version that even crosses the Atlantic!
Harvard University is the latest educational institution to acknowledge its links to slavery in America.
Yes, in Iceland, everybody is related. And everyone has been recorded for at least three hundred years, and at least half were for centuries before that. Read this hilarious blog from Iceland by a young woman who learns that (obviously) she and her boyfriend are cousins.
“Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery” is remarkable project spearheaded by Villanova and Mother Bethel AME Church in Philadelphia that’s providing information about slave families that usually can’t be found anywhere else.
DNA tests can give you an idea of where your ancestors lived, and even confirm or refute a long held family tradition. They can also give you a big surprise now and again!
We all know DNA databases are awesome for finding cousins and tying your lines together. But when all our databases and trees are put together, scientists can figure out all kinds of stuff!