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Workhouses in the United Kingdom

Researchers who have been collecting genealogy for quite a while, probably have reached the point where records in the United Kingdom are being sought. For many, the trail could lead them to looking for clues in workhouse records. Available on the Internet is a web site with over 2,000 pages of information including maps, photos even a timeline dealing with workhouses.

DNA Ancestry

With the addition of DNA testing becoming more widely and actively used by genealogists, many researchers find themselves wanting to know more about testing, and, signing up to be tested. Since there are now more online web sites that offer DNA testing service than there were 6 or 8 years ago, the following list of links are some of the more well known that answer questions and perform the testing for applicants. Fees for each vary, so shop around before deciding.

Loyalist Ancestors

Quoting by permission from the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada website:

"The Mission and Objectives of the UELAC direct that we work to preserve and promote Canadian history, with a particular focus on the Loyalist timefame of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Loyalist heritage takes many forms from actual buildings of the time to family histories, genealogies, stories, military records, monuments, artifacts, correspondence and so much more.

Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 2, # 11

LDS Family History Centers: While the Allen County Library system in Fort Wayne is now considered the largest genealogical library in the nation, the Family History LibraryTM of the Mormon Church in Salt Lake City is a close second. Of greatest interest to genealogists are the LDS Family History Centers (FHC). Worldwide, there are over 3,000 LDS facilities and while they are each unique in character and offerings, resources are available in each to assist genealogists in their research.

Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 2, # 10

Cherokee Genealogical Research (part 2): Be sure to keep an open mind when researching Cherokee ancestry. There were many instances when both an Indian name and a French or English name were used for the same individual. Record everything found on the surname(s) of interest. The Cherokees adopted into the tribe, members of other Indian nations (including Osage, Delaware, and Shawnee). Besides intermarriage with European or American merchants, missionaries, or army personnel, former Negro slaves of the Cherokees became Freedmen citizens of the tribe after the Civil War.

Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 2, # 9

Cherokee Genealogical Research (part 1): Today, the Cherokees are the second most numerous American Indian people (only the Navajo tribe is larger). Many Americans believe themselves to have Cherokee ancestry, but tribal membership is solely the responsibility of the three recognized tribal governments (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma; United Keetoowah Band, and the Eastern Band of North Carolina). It has been said that there are three types of Cherokees: “Cherokees,” “Wannabees,” and “Outtalucks.” Also, Cherokee “Princesses” did not exist.

Preserving Family Stories and Memories

Many genealogy researchers are not only gathering names, dates and places of their ancestors but also turning these into written accounts of the life and times of the pioneer families.

Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 2, # 8

Using Genealogy Search Engines: These days, anyone that’s interested in delving into their past can turn on a computer, connect to the Internet and have available a wealth of information. It’s been estimated that approximately 20% of what is on the Internet is genealogy related. With the ability to ‘surf’ at faster speeds, genealogical research has become even more intriguing and doesn’t require searching through dusty old records hidden in the recesses of some quaint courthouse and which would take hours if not days to search out.

Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 2, # 7

Mapping Our Ancestors (part 2): You’ll need to have strong circumstantial evidence concerning the time period and possible location of ancestors to find the most helpful maps. The three main elements to look for in locating these maps are 1) ones that show detailed information about the specific area where the family might have lived, then 2) that place the area in perspective to the surrounding area (i.e. individual county district or county and 3) that will show the border outline and identify the areas beyond in all directions.

Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 2, # 6

Mapping Our Ancestors (part 1): In genealogical research, maps can provide clues to where our ancestors may have lived and where to look for written records about them. If you're a beginner, you should master basic genealogical research techniques before taking the next step in the use of topographic maps.