Showing posts with label Family History. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Family History. Show all posts

Friday, January 23, 2015

21 Things You Need To Know About

21 Things You Need To Know About

  1. is the world's largest online family history resource home to billions of historical records, millions of family trees and much more. It's also the world's leading network of businesses dedicated to helping everyone discover, preserve and share their family history.

  2. You are offered a 14 day FREE trial before signing up. You get to "try it" before you "buy it".

  3. Once you have a membership, Ancestry helps you to grow your family tree by showing little green leaves (hints) on your family tree when there's a match for one of your ancestors. I just recently found out that my great great grandfather served in the Civil War because of one of these green leaves. I clicked on it and it brought me to his original military record. I love this feature!! Read the story here.

  4. You can export your family tree as a gedcom file, so you can load it to any software of your choice. A free tutorial about how to do this is here.

  5. You can connect with living relatives and become acquainted with each other and share your family history.

  6. You can easily find and share photos of your ancestors.

  7. You can compare family trees and work with others to prove and or fix errors.

  8. You can share your family tree with family members. This allows them to see your family tree and the changes you make.

  9. You can easily "gift" a subscription to anyone you choose.

  10. has created their own Family Tree Maker software that allows you to easily sync your family tree and records from Family Tree Maker ranges in price from $29 - $69.

  11. You can choose to have your family tree "public" or "private".

  12. helps you to remember what you've searched for by keeping a log of your "recent activity". This comes in handy when you're researching many different names and families.

  13. You can create a Bio and link all your websites into your profile for others to see.

  14. You can easily print free pedigree charts and custom charts for a reasonable price.

  15. You can publish family history books through

  16. has DNA tests for Ethnicity & Genealogical DNA. The cost is $99.

  17. has teamed up with many other genealogical websites to give you more records all in one place.

  18. If you stop paying for your membership, you will still have access to your family tree, pictures and documents that you uploaded; just not the historical records offered by  However, if you own Family Tree Maker Software, you can sync your records from which gives you a copy of all the historical documents owned by

  19. Many believe that if you stop paying or cancel your membership, "owns" your genealogy and your family tree. does not claim ownership of any family tree or genealogy posted from anyone. They only claim ownership of the historical records that have been preserved by their company.

  20. The Cost of an Ancestry membership:
    • 1 Month Membership 
      • $19.99 (US Discovery membership) 
      • $34.99 (World Explorer membership)
      • $44.99 (World Explorer Plus membership)
    • 6 Month Membership:
      • $99 (US Discovery membership)
      • $149 (World Explorer membership)
      • $199 (World Explorer Plus membership)

  21. is FREE to use at any LDS Family History Library. You will be assisted by family history volunteers that will help you navigate through and give you advice on your genealogy. Click here to see a listing of Family History Libraries near you. 

The knowledge that we gain through our research turns into our family history which turns into a great treasure for many generations.

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Keep connecting the dots! -Sarah

Thursday, January 22, 2015

"Remember Me In The Family Tree; My Name, My Days, My Strife..."

"Remember me in the family tree;
my name, my days, my strife.
Then I'll ride upon the wings of time
and live an endless life."
-Linda Goetsch

About this photo: This is a photograph of my father, Ron (2nd from the left, white shirt, blonde hair), and his 2 cousins, Bobby & Berry Burnes. Grandma told me they had just gotten back from deep sea fishing. The little girl is unknown, but with a little more research, this mystery can be solved. I will remember this girl in our family tree.
Date: 1949
Place: Napa, Napa, California, USA

Keep connecting the dots! -Sarah :)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

You Never Said Goodbye: A Poem About Losing a Loved One

Author Unknown

You never said I'm leaving
You never said goodbye.
You were gone before I knew it,
And only God knew why.

A million times I needed you,
A million times I cried.
If love alone could have saved you,
You never would have died.

In life I loved you dearly,
In death I love you still.
In my heart you hold a place,
That no one could ever fill.

It broke my heart to lose you,
But you didn't go alone
For part of me went with you,
The day God took you home.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

If You Would Not Be Forgotten, As Soon As You Are Dead And Rotten

"If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten; either write things worthy of reading, or do things worthy of writing." -Benjamin Franklin

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 :)

Saturday, March 01, 2014

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 :)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

"Home Is A Place You Grow Up Wanting To Leave, And Grow Old Wanting To Get Back To."

“Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to”
-John Ed Pearce

About this photo: My Great Grand-Uncle, James Jay Burnes Jr., and my great grand-aunt, Lena Jane McGowan Burnes. Children: Florence & Byron Burnes.
Date: 1908
Place: Batavia, Jefferson, Iowa, USA

Keep connecting the dots. -Sarah :)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

"When You Finally Go Back to Your Old Home..."

"When you finally go back to your old home, you find it wasn't the old home you missed but your childhood."  -Sam Ewing

About this photo: This is the home of my great, great grandparents, William & Mary Adams. You can see them sitting on the porch along with my great uncle, Charley Adams. My great grandfather Gim Adams is standing on the ground to the left of the porch.
Date: abt. 1900
Place: Memphis, Scotland, Missouri, USA

Keep connecting the dots. -Sarah :)

Thursday, February 06, 2014

"To Forget One's Ancestors is to be a Brook Without a Source, a Tree Without a Root."

"To forget one's ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root."
-Chinese proverb

About the photo: This is another very old photo of my great grandfather, Gim William Adams (age 7) and his baby brother, Charley Adams.
Date: 1896
Place: Memphis, Scotland, Missouri, USA

Feel free to share it, pin it, tweet it...

...but most importantly, Keep connecting the dots!! -Sarah

Thursday, January 30, 2014

"We Are All Ghosts..."

"We are all ghosts. We all carry, inside us, people who came before us."
-Liam Callanan.

About this photo: These two adorable children are my great grandfather, Gim William Adams and his older sister Minnie Adams.
Date: 1894
Place: Memphis, Scotland, Missouri, USA

Keep connecting the dots. -Sarah :)

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Time Passes By. Time Passes By... Bye!

Don't let time pass you by. Write your family history today.

Here's how to get started:

Just download or print your FREE Family History Bundle, courtesy of Teach Me Genealogy.

Keep connecting the dots. -Sarah

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

“Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.” -Anthony Brandt

“Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.” -Anthony Brandt

In this photo are my great great grandparents, William & Molly Adams,
and their children Gim (my great grandfather) and Charley.
Photo taken in 1901 in Scotland County, Missouri, USA

Keep connecting the dots. -Sarah

Copyright: Teach Me Genealogy, 2014

Feel free to share!!

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

52 Weeks of Genealogy - Week 1 - How Did You Get Your Name?

52 weeks of Genealogy. Join the fun!! 

Week 1:   How did you get your name? What does your name mean?
I was named after my beautiful great grandmother, Thelma 
Sarah  Lewis. Here's a family photo of her parents and 12 siblings; she was the 5th of 15 children. She's on the bottom right in the photograph.

Sarah means Princess.

Now it's your turn. How did you get your name? What does your name mean?

Keep it short and simple and it becomes easy.

Keep connecting the dots! -Sarah

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Prayer for Genealogists

Prayer For Genealogists

“Lord, help me dig into the past, 
And sift the sands of time, 
That I might find the roots that made 
This family tree mine. 

Lord, help me trace the ancient roads, 
On which my fathers trod, 
And led them through so many lands, 
To find our present sod. 

Lord, help me find an ancient book, 
Or dusty manuscript, 
That's safely hidden now away, 
In some forgotten crypt, 

Lord, let it bridge the gap that haunts 
My soul, when I can't find 
The missing link between some name 
That ends the same as mine.”


Monday, September 09, 2013

A Big Surprise! - My GG-Grandfather Served in the Civil War!!

This morning, as I was working on my family history, I found a BIG surprise; my great, great grandfather's Civil War draft registration record. I never knew he served in the Civil War; this changed everything. You can only imagine how excited I was. So, how did I find this? It was on accident while I was researching another ancestor (isn't that how it usually happens?) I just happened to notice one of those little green leaves, "Ancestry hints" on I clicked on the leaf next to his name and it brought me to the original Civil War draft record. As I looked through this record, I noticed these few but very important details:
  • James Burnes
  • white
  • 24
  • Farmer
  • Married
  • Indiana
  • Haw Creek township
  • August 5, 1863. 
Here's the record that changed everything. My great, great grandfather, James Burnes is #14.   Photo credit: . Click the photo to enlarge.

Here's the zoomed in verson of the above picture. Photo Credit:

So, the story does not end there. On the record, right above his name, was his older brother, William Henry Harrison Burnes (#13), who was drafted at the same time as him. My excitement grew even more. I knew very little about William H.H. Burnes. I had never seen any record about him because he died in his early thirties. I wondered, did he die in the war? Was this the reason why he never married or had any children? This opened the door to further my research and this changed my family history quite a bit.

I am grateful for the knowledge I have of my ancestors. To have the Internet to give us "hints" and to educate us about our heritage, is truly a modern day miracle. To continue this family history is a gift for them and us, and many generations.

Meet my great, great grandfather,

James Jay Burnes:

21 December 1838 in Washington, Shelby, Indiana.

Married: 17 November 1859 in County Line, Jefferson, Iowa.

Civil War: Drafted on 5 August 1863.

Children: 11

Widowed: Age 40. 
Never Remarried.

Entered into heaven:
17 Decmeber 1905, (age 66).

"The reward of great men is that, long after they have died, one is not quite sure that they are dead." -Jules Renard

A huge thanks to this little, but very important leaf icon

It's amazing how one small "hint" can change the whole story.

Let's keep connecting the dots!! -Sarah :)

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

“We all grow up with the weight of history on us..." -Shirley Abbott

“We all grow up with the weight of
history on us.  Our ancestors dwell in the
attics of our brains  as they do in the spiraling
chains of knowledge hidden in every cell
 of our bodies.” -Shirley Abbott

About the photo: This is a photograph of my Great Grandparents, Gim William Adams & Maude Ethel Adams, and 9 of their 11 children. My grandma, Ruth was the 8th child born to Gim & Maude. In this photo, she is 4th from the left (in the white dress). 
Ruth Imogene Adams Burnes 1923-2011.

Keep connecting the dots. -Sarah :)

Monday, September 02, 2013

Days Gone By Poem about Family History

Days Gone By

“ The special book upon the shelf,
Was made with many hands.
Our ancestors who posed back then,
All came from different lands.

Their pictures were all tucked away,
And rarely did we see,
The importance of these treasures-
The start of you and me.

The history of our families,
Now here in black and white.
Preserved with special care and time,
Each page is done just right.

When time permits, we take it down,
And think of days long past.
Our hopes, our dreams, our heritage,
All safe and made to last.”

Author: Unknown

 >> Print this Poem <<

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Strangers In The Box - By: Pamela A. Harazim

-Pamela A. Harazim

"Come, look with me inside this drawer, 
In this box I've often seen, 
At the pictures, black and white, 
Faces proud, still, and serene.

I wish I knew the people, 
These strangers in the box, 
Their names and all their memories, 
Are lost among my socks.

I wonder what their lives were like, 
How did they spend their days? 
What about their special times? 
I'll never know their ways.

If only someone had taken time, 
To tell, who, what, where, and when, 
These faces of my heritage, 
Would come to life again.

Could this become the fate, 
Of the pictures we take today? 
The faces and the memories, 
Someday to be passed away?

Take time to save your stories, 
Seize the opportunity when it knocks, 
Or someday you and yours, 
Could be strangers in the box."

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Genealogy Trivia: 500 years ago there were 1,048,576 people involved in creating you!

Genealogy Trivia:
If you figure there’s 25 years between each generation, 500 years ago there were 1,048,576 people involved in creating YOU! YOU are special!

Keep connecting the dots. -Sarah