Preserving Family Stories and Living Memory

Family history is more than a list of names and dates. It’s also the stories and memories that surround ourselves and our ancestors. I recently spoke with Curt Witcher, senior manage of the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He told me about the Life Stories center, a new space at the Genealogy Center devoted to preserving living memory. He also shared his theories on why we should preserve family stories and how we can do it. Continue reading

Why You Should Sometimes Ignore Boundaries in Genealogy

The importance of location is drilled into us from the beginning of our genealogy research. We need to know where our ancestors lived. Census records are based on location. Voter lists are based on location Land records are definitely based on location. But, sometimes we need to forget which side of the county or state line our ancestor lived on. Continue reading

5 Ways to Prepare for Your Courthouse Research Trip

5 Ways to Prepare for Your Genealogy Courthouse Research TripEven with all of the fantastic resources that are available online, there are still times when we need to go to the courthouse to research our family history. Since these trips usually don’t happen every day, we want to make the most out of our time there. Here are 5 tips to help you prepare for your genealogy trip to the courthouse. Continue reading