What’s In A Name? Genealogy!

What names are your researching? Have you given much thought to their origins or meanings? Knowing more about a surname can help your family history  research. Need some help? Check out these books about surnames.                     Dictionary Of Americanized French-Canadian Names: Onomastics And Genealogy  The Surnames Of North West Ireland The …

3 Tips For Researching Hispanic Ancestors

  Embarking on a new research project focusing on your Hispanic ancestors? Hispanic Heritage Month is a great time to start. Not sure where to begin? Try the following 3 tips: 1. Start with yourself. Always start your research with information that is easily obtained. Begin with yourself and then move onto your parents and grandparents. Write down what you …

The Fondo Collection: An Interview With Carlos Yturralde

RootsPoint is proud to announce our latest database just in time for Hispanic Heritage Month. RootsPoint in collaboration with the Hispanic Heritage Project is making this digitized collection available for free. The Fondo Colonial collection, spanning a period between 1611 and 1821, contains the civil colonial records of the Province of Nueva Viscaya, which today consists of the states of …

California Ancestors

  Did your ancestor come to the Golden State seeking their fortune? Maybe they wanted to experience a warmer climate? For whatever reason your ancestor made their way to California, we have county history books that can help you learn more about their life. For only $4.99 from GenMall, these eBooks are available as PDFs. History of Mendocino County California  …

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Announcing The Fondo Colonial Collection on RootsPoint

  RootsPoint,  in collaboration with the Hispanic Heritage Project,  is proud to announce our newest addition, the Fondo Colonial collection. You can browse the collection for free on RootsPoint. About the collection The Fondo Colonial collection of  the Archivo Históricos Municipal de Hidalgo del Parral (Parral Archive), spans a period between 1611 and 1821 and contains the civil colonial records …

Have You Searched the FamilySearch Catalog Lately?

One of the first stops for any research project is the free website FamilySearch. Sometimes in our excitement to look over their digitized collections of original records, we forget about the vast number of resources available in the FamilySearch Catalog. Why is the FamilySearch Catalog that important? The Catalog offers genealogists a place to search for books and documents digitized …

Denver Ancestors

Researching your Denver ancestors? In our GenMall we have the eBook, Portrait and Biographical Record of Denver and Vicinity Colorado. Available for only $4.99 from RootsPoint, it’s a 19th century biographical reference tool for anyone researching Denver area ancestors. Need more resources for those Colorado ancestors? Here’s a few must-have links: Colorado State University Libraries Digital Collection Denver Public Library …

Hispanic Heritage Month 2015

U.S. Army South celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month. Wikimedia Commons. http://tinyurl.com/nb5xgo2

Every year, National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15. The history of this month-long celebration is explained on the National Hispanic Heritage Month website.  What began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week was later expanded to a month-long celebration by President Ronald Reagan. The month honors “the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors …

Your Ancestor’s Occupation in the 1940 Census

The 1940 United State Federal Census provides us a snapshot of our family’s work life. Beyond just the typical census question about occupation, the 1940 census asks everyone 14 years old and over the following questions about their job: 21. Was this person at work for pay or profit in private or nonemergency Govt. work during the week of March …

5 Facts About Labor Day

Have you given much thought about the history of Labor Day? Your ancestors have been celebrating this holiday since at least 1894. Here’s a few facts about this September holiday. 1. Labor Day observances started in the 19th century. September 5, 1882 to be exact. That first Labor Day planned by the Central Labor Union was held in New York …