Genealogical Research Exchange

I often find that if I step away from a brick wall or mystery for a couple days or weeks, and approach with a fresh mind later, things start to fall into place.  In addition, nearly all of my former brick walls were solved with the assistance of fellow genealogy hobbyists. With that in mind, […]

District of Columbia Genealogy Research

Do you have ancestors that lived in the District of Columbia?  Here are some suggestions on getting started with local DC records. Newspapers Birth, Marriage, and Death Announcements DC Public Library: Baltimore Sun 1837-1985 The Washington Post 1877-1994 Washington Times 1990-Present You may search in any of the 25 DC Library Branches or online at […]

Hidden Habitats

Cemeteries are incredible historical resources.  They reveal information about settlement patterns, historic events, lifestyles as well as specific details on your ancestors.    I love visiting cemeteries.  The peaceful atmosphere provides the perfect setting for reflection and contemplation. Cemeteries are also “hidden habitats” with all types of plants and animals.  You never know what you […]

Friedhof Pörtschach

Greetings from Austria! What better time to research my dad’s family history, then while on vacation in his hometown!  I’m really starting from scratch  and was hoping to visit the church archive and interview some older family members while on vacation.  Upon contacting the Archiv der Diözese Gurk (Catholic Church Archives), I found out that you […]