Find most all United States ancestors with four easy Google steps

Google GenealogyBy Barry J. Ewell

This article  is designed to get you started with your genealogy and family history research in the United States. Sample Google search queries are suggested for your use to help you research and learn about your ancestors.

Finding resources in the United States
Where do you find genealogy resources on the Internet? It is a seemingly simple question with a complex answer. You will find records in many places such as large databases to very small family related websites and blogs. Records for each generation are going to be different. The records that were created and available on the web for a specific place in 1940 are going to be different than those created for 1880, 1840, or earlier. Remember also, that only a small amount of the total number of records that have ever been created have been digitized and available online; but digitized records are growing at an ever increasing rate. I have researched for records one month without success and found them six months later with the same Google search queries. Why? The records were put online during that six months or I just didn’t find them the first time. Continue reading

190 Genealogy articles to help you search the U.S. federal census

190 Census mastheadBy Barry J. Ewell

I have written and assembled 190+ articles and resource aids to provide you a more in-depth understanding of the census research process.  I have tried to cover every possible question and angle that you are likely to face in your U.S. census research.  I would encourage you to use the resources often.

You will be introduced to what I have used and shared with thousands to successfully find generations of family. Begin by learning how to use the census as a foundation to effective research, identify, map, and follow family through generations. Continue reading

Genealogy: Prayer is the most important tool I have as a genealogist

Genealogy Prayer is the most important tool I have as a genealogistBy Barry J. Ewell

I have thought a lot about the topic of prayer and genealogy and just how to approach the concept without offending or preaching. Prayer is the most important tool I have as a genealogist. I remember one of my very first experiences as a genealogist, where I had chosen to work on one family line with very little success. I felt the need to include prayer but didn’t. As time went on, I became more and more frustrated. Continue reading

Trimming the Christmas tree changes a lonely heart

Trimming the Christmas tree changes a lonely heartBy Barry J. Ewell

A few days ago my wife and me put up the Christmas decorations in our home. It would be different this year, as it was just the two of us in our home.

Our six children, now grown and living in different places, are beginning to establish their own experiences and traditions for the holiday. At first, I really didn’t care whether there was a tree, ornaments or a baby Jesus and manger scene on the piano. Who was going to be there to enjoy it with us? All I was seeing was the emptiness and the home void of our traditional December activities in preparing for Christmas morning. Continue reading

Genealogy: Male birth names and their associated nicknames

NicknamesBy Barry J. Ewell
I have prepared four lists that focus on associating nicknames with proper names to assist in genealogy research.  The lists include hundreds of names from the last 200 years.  The lists are not inclusive, but will give you a good start to decipher names that were given to your ancestors by their family, friends and associates.  The lists are

  1. Female nicknames and their associated birth name. This lists the female nickname first followed by the common female name associated with the nickname.
  2. Male nicknames and their associated birth name. This lists the male nickname first and followed by the common names associated with the nickname.
  3. Female birth names and their associated nicknames. This lists the more common female birth name first and provides you possible nicknames that have been associated with the name
  4. Male birth names and their associated nicknames. This lists the more common male birth name first and provides you possible nicknames that have been associated with the name.

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Genealogy: 1880 U.S. Federal census tutorial

1880 mastheadBy Barry J. Ewell

This is a comprehensive tutorial for researching the 1880 U.S. federal census. You will be introduced to what I have used and shared with thousands to successfully find generations of family. Begin by learning how to use the census as a foundation to effective research, identify, map, and follow family through generations.

The tutorial will expand your knowledge and skills of how to conduct an exhaustive search to find genealogical and Family History records, repositories, resolve research problems and connect with resources researching similar lines.

The tutorial is divided into the following sections:

  • 1790-1940 U.S federal census resources
  • Introduction to 1880 U.S. federal census
  • How to effectively use the 1880 U.S. federal census
  • Search the 1880 census schedules
  • Expand your census research with military records
  • Defining the U.S. federal census
  • How to use the 1880 U.S. federal census
  • Questions asked on the 1880 census

1880 Resource
Click on any of the following years and you will be taken to that years’ census tutorial:

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Genealogy Immigration/Migration: Methodology of how to find the origin of your immigrant ancestors

Methodology of how to find the origin of your immigrant ancestorsBy Barry J. Ewell

Genealogy is a process, a methodology, for finding our ancestors. There are many tools available, but knowing what to use and when to use the tool makes the biggest difference.

I remember many years ago when I was a Boy Scout, a member of our troop became lost. The first thing many of us did was rush right out and start looking in the wilderness and calling out his name. We had no record of who had gone where or what—if anything—was found. Any evidence that may have been found was trampled over. When evening came, we built large bonfires, hoping he might see us in the dark. As the morning came, we gathered as a troop and discussed what we remembered and what we knew Continue reading