Monday, March 31, 2014

52 Weeks of Genealogy - Week 13 - Teenage Years: First Car

52 Weeks of Genealogy - Week 13 - Teenage Years: First Car

  1. What was the make, model and year of your first car?

  2. What color was your first car?

  3. What was the value or cost of your first car?

  4. Did you have to buy your first car?

  5. Did your parents ever take away your car for any reason?

  6. What was the price of gas when you first started driving?

  7. How much did it cost to fill up your car?

  8. Did you ever get into an accident in your first car?

  9. For how many years did you own your first car?

  10. Did you get any speeding tickets or traffic violation tickets in your first car? If so, tell about it.
Keep going every week to keep connecting the dots!! -Sarah :)

Monday, March 24, 2014

52 Weeks of Genealogy - Week 12 - Teenage Years: Dating

52 Weeks of Genealogy - Week 12 - Teenage Years: Dating

  1. Who was your first date?

  2. What did you do on your first date?

  3. What were some of your most favorite dates?

  4. What were some of your least favorite dates?

  5. What were some of the places you would go on your dates?

  6. Did you have a curfew? If so, what time did you have to return home from dates?

  7. Did your parents ever NOT approve of any of your dates? If so, why?

  8. How would your mother act around your dates?

  9. How would your father act around your dates?

  10. What would you wear on your dates?

That's it!! Keep connecting the dots! -Sarah :)

Friday, March 21, 2014

"What We Remember From Childhood We Remember Forever..."

“What we remember from childhood we remember forever - permanent ghosts, stamped, inked, imprinted, eternally seen.” -Cynthia Ozick

About this photo: The girl in this photo is my 2nd cousin, twice removed; Lillian Burnes. She lived on the Burnes homestead that was built and owned by my great, great, great grandfather, George Washington Burnes. She is the daughter of Glen & Anna Burnes and wife of George Ziegler. Lillian's two son's still own the property and have taken great care to preserve the memories of our ancestors. The home that you see in the background of this photo is still standing today. I was thrilled to go back to Indiana in 2007 and 2009 to see and walk inside this 180 year old home. Oh how I wished those walls could speak.
Date of photo: 1924.
Place: Hope, Bartholomew, Indiana, USA

What are some things you remember most about your childhood?

Keep connecting the dots. -Sarah :) 

Monday, March 17, 2014

52 Weeks of Genealogy - Week 11 - Are You Irish?

52 Weeks of Genealogy - Week 11 -Are you Irish? If not, what countries are your ancestors from?
  1. What countries are your ancestors from?

  2. Did they ever mirgrate to America? If so, when?

  3. Are you Irish?

That's it! Happy St. Patrick's Day and keep connecting the dots! -Sarah :)

Friday, March 14, 2014

If You Were Given 5 Minutes With An Ancestor...

If you were given 5 minutes with an ancestors, who would it be and what would you talk about?

See how our fans are answering this question on our Facebook page...

Keep connecting the dots. -Sarah :)

Monday, March 10, 2014

52 Weeks of Genealogy - Week 10 - Do You Play A Musical Instrument?

52 Weeks of Genealogy - Week 10 - Do you play a musical instrument?

This week, it's all about your musical talent.
  • Do you play a musical instrument?
  • Did you play a musical instrument growing up?
  • What musical instrument would you like to learn to play?
The above picture is of my son playing the bass clarinet, when he was in 8th grade. He played this instrument all through junior high and loved it. As for me, I do not play any musical instrument. But, one day I will learn to play the violin or the cello... or both :)
That's it. Keep connecting the dots! -Sarah :) Contact Information

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Thursday, March 06, 2014

“In All Of Us There Is A Hunger, Marrow-Deep, To Know Our Heritage..." -Alex Haley

“In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage- to know who we are and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness. ” -Alex Haley

About this Photo: My grandparents, William & Ruth Burnes and my father Ron (the baby) standing in front of their first home in Napa, California. The original picture shows the house being held up by wooden stilts. My grandma told me they built every square inch of their home, even the kitchen cabinets which made them appreciate it even more. Grandpa passed away in 1956, but grandma lived there for 57 years. 
Date: 1944
Place: Napa, Napa, California, USA

I am grateful for the fact that I know my heritage and continue to learn more through my research. It truly does pay off when you keep connecting the dots.

-Sarah :)

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

"The Hero Draws Inspiration From The Virtue of His Ancestors."

"The hero draws inspiration from the virtue of his ancestors." -Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

About this photo: The "HERO" in this photo is my great grandfather, George Fredrick Burnes 1866-1924. Father to eight children, husband to Nina and son of James & Nancy Burnes. He lived through more hardship and saw more tragedy than I could ever imagine. For many years they struggled financially and moved out to a small home in Oklahoma. Outlaws would pass by their home and Nina would have to feed them so they wouldn't "give them any trouble". He was a strong Christian man who became a Sexton of the church. He died at the young age of 58. I can't wait to meet him and Nina someday.
Date: abt. 1885
Place: Batavia, Jefferson, Iowa, USA

Saturday, March 01, 2014

"Sister to Sister We Will Always Be A Couple of Nuts Off The Family Tree."

"Sister to sister we will always be, a couple of NUTS off the FAMILY TREE." -Unknown

About this photo: My Grandmother Ruth Adams Burnes (right) and her sister Bessie Adams Johnson (left) were best friends and always there for each other. They grew up in the small town called Batavia, Iowa and both moved out to California together so they could live close to each other; Bessie lived in San Fransisco and Grandma lived in Napa. I remember great aunt Bessie at many family gatherings. She was classy and beautiful. She never had any children of her own, so she spoiled all of us with love. I can't wait to see these two again.

People: Bessie Adams Johnson & Ruth Adams Burnes
Date: about 1952
Place: Napa, Napa, California, USA

Please share, pin, and tweet and keep connecting the dots -Sarah :)

Free Tutorial: How To "Share Your Tree With Family" For Users

Teach Me Genealogy is here to teach you how "share your tree" on

Why do Ancestry users share their family tree?

It's most commonly used for living relatives sharing information between each other.  It allows you to share your family tree instead of spending hours adding the same information to your own tree. They share and you share; everyone is happy. I personally have one family tree, but 10 total because cousins have shared their trees with me and I have shared mine with them. Once they have shared their tree with you, it does not merge with yours, it has it's own family tree name and is listed with your other trees. (See image 2 below).

Here's how...

Step 1:  Sign in to with your username and password.

Step 2:
 place your cursor over the "Family Trees" tab at the top.

Step 3:  Click on "More...

Step 4:  Click on "Manage tree"

Step 5: Click on the "Sharing" tab.

Step 6: Click on "Invite people".

Step 7: Click on either "Email" or "Username".

Step 8: Type in the email of the person you want to send your family tree to.

Step 9: Choose their role. I usually choose "Guest or Contributor" (you can always change these options later.)

Step 10: Include a personal message. (If you choose).

Step 11: Click on "Send Invites"


Let me know if you have any questions. I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial. Many more freebies are coming your way.

Keep connecting the dots. -Sarah :)