Joe Eldred Burns, born and reared in this area, proudly followed a Burns family tradition by volunteering for military service in World War I in McKinney, Texas, on April 28, 1918. The young unmarried soldier became a Private in the 359th Infantry of the United States, Company H. His grandfa…

Recently, friends of ours were blessed with their second child. Although she was a beautiful baby girl with little tuffs of blond hair, she looked just like the infant pictures of her big brother, now two, who was also born with little hair and who is also blond. I warned the mom that in tim…

October is here again and time to celebrate National History Month. To celebrate, I have chosen to write more days a week than I already do. I have one family history almost finished and I need to get it done, this year! I also decided to scan another day of the week. I try to keep up with t…

The question arose the other day about what the audience thought about their DNA being used on GedMatch to solve decade’s old criminal cases. I answered that I do not mind it at all. If a criminal is hiding in my DNA, then I am delighted for law enforcement to identify and arrest the person.…

The study of family history is not just about collecting the documents and pictures of your ancestors, but eventually reaches into other areas, such as writing books on your family and other subjects, to colorizing black and white photographs.  Now she is transforming creased, damaged photog…

Are you using every avenue to determine your ancestor’s information? Being perceptive of the available records is necessary. One can begin by just thinking of the records you yourself create on a day-by-day basis. The first record you created is probably your birth record. The next records y…

During the years 1850-1880, there is a possibility you may find in the mortality schedule the name of someone who died within the last year of the date of enumeration, which is June 1. That means the name might be listed between June 1 of the previous year through the census year date of May 31.

This year we have had one Friday the 13 in April and we will have another in July. Do you ever wonder just how many Friday 13s you have had in your lifetime? I began trying to remember how many bad things had happened on Friday 13, but I failed to remember the bad stuff. Instead, I could onl…

Cemeteries are a restful place. The dead reside here, but the living used to picnic in cemeteries for picnic lunches and just enjoy the peace and quiet. This was common in the 19th century and later. I have used this diversion several times when I was searching through a large areal. The las…

Are you a fan of FamilySearch.org? Many people are active on the site, both using Research, Families and photography albums to create albums within Families. I mainly use FamilySearch and Ancestry for research purposes only. I do not rely on the accuracy or privacy of either one. Nevertheles…

Genealogists work hard to gather their family history information. They talk with family and try to verify their memories. It is necessary to find the paper record proving correct ancestry. Once we get all the record proof to confirm our ancestry, we can breathe a sigh of relief. We have eve…

April is Financial Literacy Month, which serves as a great time to do a financial wellness check-up. Financial education is a crucial factor to setting yourself up for financial success, and a good place to start is by implementing some key financial concepts. Whether you’re looking for a qu…

Genealogists always want to visit the land of their ancestors. My husband and I, including our daughters and son-in-law, have done this on our own. I cannot express what this meant to all of us. Seeing the research unfold in front of us in England, Cornwall, Ireland and the British Isles was…

It’s storm season in North Texas, and undoubtedly there will be wind/hail/lightning/flooding, frequently all at the same time. Particularly during wind or hail storms, many trees suffer damage ranging from slight to total destruction.

I am always so delighted when I have permission to share a reader’s memories and artifacts with those reading my column. John Greer was that reader this week who shared a warm memory of his now deceased father. I am happy to say that I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Lee Dane Greer of the G…

Every family has a story. Whether or not these can be documented, there are stories that mean so much to researchers as well as family members or someone who admired those families. Find these stories. You can start with yourself and write your memories of growing up. Then call or visit your…

Their names were seldom or never mentioned because families feared the stigma that might follow. They were hidden in attics and buried without names on their tombstones. Or, they were sent off to a sanitarium where they were dropped off without a name or contact information. The insane, ofte…

Sometimes genealogists find letters or diaries that disclose secrets from the past. Or, maybe it is just a document that answers questions not previously documented. Genealogists love it when, or if, this happens. But not many of us find letters or other documents that impart personal data f…

I keep singing the praises of the Ancestry research sites. This time I have to tell you about the startling number of people who are now on or will be on their DNA site as soon as the lab work is completed. Ancestry just announced that their DNA database would contain 6,000,000 people as soo…

Whether you call it genealogy or family history research, we must only initially approach it as a historian before changing to searching for and studying original documents and accounts. In school, while studying an historical event, our teacher assigned us to read a chapter or book on the s…

Dallas/Fort Worth residents define success not by monetary wealth or professional achievements, but by being able to provide for their families. This is one of the primary findings outlined in a report recently released by Merrill Edge that focuses on perceptions Americans have of what it me…

Thanksgiving is over and it is almost time for Christmas. We have lovely Christmases. Growing up, Christmas was always welcome, but never before we celebrated Thanksgiving. I loved the suspense of what Santa would bring me under the tree and the thrill of presents coming from my loving family.

Flu season can be unpredictable. To prevent it, education is key. Fortunately, for North Texans who haven’t received their vaccination, it’s not too late. Since the vaccination can take up to two weeks to build up full immunity, now is an ideal time to protect yourself ahead of the holidays.

November is National Caregivers Month, and according to a recent Merrill Lynch age wave study, eight in 10 Americans say caregiving is the “new normal” for American families.

What better time than National Family History Month for Legacy Family Tree to announce free webinars to also celebrate their seventh anniversary of their webinar series taught by 149 professional speakers. Fifteen of the most requested of the 583 members-only classes are free until October 1…

As you search through records for ancestors, remember the names may not always be spelled the way the descendants currently spell it. Regardless, whatever name you find in a record is the way you spell it when transcribing the record. Therefore, I recorded the spelling of Stibbens in a curre…