New Collections in Ancestry

I booted up my computer to draft a blog post about my Schmitt ancestors for this Surname Saturday. While things were warming up, I checked email. And found this: 54 is a large number of new hints, which in itself is interesting. More interesting however, are the hints that stem from new collections. What really…

6 Easy Steps to Find Cousins on Ancestry

This is the time of year that makes us think about our family members. I’m not just talking about the live ones, although living relatives can be helpful. Family history researchers know there is no better time than now to connect to the dead through the living. Whether you’re enjoying your last few 2014 vacation days or you’re stranded…

Death or Divorce?

I’m trying to determine if my 1st cousin thrice-removed had been widowed or was divorced before her 2nd marriage. Myrtle H Youngberg and John L Miller were married 01 Jul 1910 in Michigan at a popular destination for elopements: None of the John Millers in the 1910 Chicago city directory seem to be a good match for the John…