Archives for March, 2010

Unusual Source: Medical Journals


I love unusual and less used sources. They are often overlooked for a number of reasons including that they may not contain a lot of vital information. However, the information they do contain can still be vital to your research efforts, and so fascinating to read. If you are looking to put some “meat on […]

Google Street View Now Available in UK


Many of those with British ancestry may be interested to know that Google recently released its Street View map of the United Kingdom in full. Such an undertaking does raise questions surrounding privacy, but there’s no doubt that this could be useful to family historians. Of course, those of us in the U.S. have had […]

To Crop, or Not to Crop; That is the Question


The answer: To crop, of course! Thank goodness for the cropping tools on picture editing software. IrfanView, Microsoft Office Picture Manager, Picasa, all of these programs have the ability to crop documents and get rid of wasted space. The benefits of cropping are clear. You save ink, utilize the space on the page more effectively, […]

Citations! Citations! Citations!


Citation and documentation is extremely important in validating work completed by a genealogist. Paraphrasing Dick Eastman, ‘genealogy that is not documented is a myth.’ Citing sources often will show the strengths and weaknesses of a work to the researcher. New insights appear, and many times mistakes and errors are avoided. An important part of doing […]

Another Blessing of the Internet: Google Translate


I’ve been using Yahoo! Babel Fish to translate web pages for quite a while. I’ve also used it to translate blocks of text or single words that I type myself. It’s a decent translator, but it’s a little bit clunky, and it doesn’t deal well with words where the special characters are not included. (For […]

Irish Citizenship by Descent


Many people ask us at ProGenealogists about obtaining Irish citizenship through their ancestors. Ireland’s laws on this subject are more liberal than most other European countries. If one of your grandparents was born on the island of Ireland (including in present-day Northern Ireland), you can obtain citizenship in the Republic of Ireland by documenting your grandparent and your […]

“Who Do You Think You Are?” Episode Summaries


It is so exciting for us to see genealogy come to life on network TV in the new NBC series “Who Do You Think You Are?“ I hope you are enjoying every minute of the journey upon which each of the celebrities embarks. One of the best aspects of having conducted research on each of the episodes, […]

Be Smarter than the Search Engine


It is wonderful that there are so many genealogical databases on the Internet! Each database has different content. Therefore, the information in each is also accessed differently depending on what the search engine allows. I have learned that it is important not to give up on your search, and I’ve learned that I can be smarter than the […]

Witches in Your Family Tree


Ancestral witches were one of the key stories spotlighted in last week’s episode of “Who Do You Think You Are” on NBC. The series, which follows celebrities as they explore their family tree, included a story about an ancestress who had been accused of being a witch! Of course, many genealogists are aware of the […]

ProGenealogists Researchers for “Who Do You Think You Are?”


Many of you have probably already seen commercials and advertisements regarding NBC’s new series “Who Do You Think You Are?” which premiers this Friday, March 5th at 8/7c. This exciting new series takes celebrities on a journey into their family history, revealing stories “they never imagined” about their ancestors. We at ProGenealogists are pleased to announce our involvement as the research […]