Showing posts with label Genealogy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Genealogy. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

“Let Us Not Only Remember The Past And It’s Required Sacrifice..." -Thomas S. Monson

“Let us not only remember the past and its required sacrifice, let us also remember  that we are responsible to build a legacy for the generations which follow us.”  -Thomas S. Monson

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 :)

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Your Favorite Genealogy Design. You voted. We Delivered. Here Are The Winners!

On Facebook and Instagram, we asked for your vote on these four different genealogy designs...
...within only 24 hours, hundreds of votes came pouring in and your votes determined the winner!!

THE WINNER!! You voted #4 as your favorite genealogy design. (Photo below)

THE RUNNER UP: You voted #1 as your 2nd favorite genealogy design. (Photo below)

THE NEW AND IMPROVED #2: Many of you asked me if I would flip the border on #2, so it was on the top instead of the bottom. So of course I recreated it... just for you. What do you think?

Thanks for all your votes. 

Here are the  final creations.  We couldn't have created these without you. Feel free to share it, pin it, tweet it, like it or save it...

 ...and remember to keep connecting the dots!

P.S. These beautiful family members are my ancestors:  John Eli Burns (father), Anna McCloud Burns (mother), and their four children; (L-R) Grover, Jessie, Floyd, Grace.

-Sarah :)

  "We inherit from our ancestors gifts so often taken for granted. Each of us contains within this inheritance of soul. We are links between the ages, containing past and present expectations, sacred memories and future promise." - Edward Sellner

Monday, May 05, 2014

Free Relationship Charts - Canon or Common Law & More.

I recently attended a family reunion on my husbands side and I loved it because of the stories that were told of his great, grandfather; Roscoe Titensor. After one of the stories, a woman sitting next to me said, "but how are we all related?" I was feeling confident about my family relationship knowledge and noticed that she was probably the same age as my husband, so I asked her "is Roscoe Titensor your great grandfather?" She said "Yes he is!" I then told her that my husband and her are 2nd cousins and our children are 3rd cousins, and her children and my husband are 3rd cousins once removed. She was completely astonished that I knew this, so I told her with a smile; "I like genealogy."

I realized at that point that there are probably a lot of people who didn't understand family relationships in their genealogy. So I wanted to put together a tutorial to help YOU understand your family relationships using these Relationship Charts.

Here's one of the most traditional charts out there: The Canon or Common Law Relationship Chart:

Click here to Download or print this Canon or Common Law Relationship Chart.

Here is another, more simple relationship chart created by Teach Me Genealogy. We recommend using both of these relationship charts in your genealogy to figure out your relationship between relatives.
Click image to enlarge

Click here to Download or print this simple Relationship Chart.

Keep learning about your family relations and 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!!

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

52 Weeks of Genealogy - Week 2 - What Toys Did You Play With?

52 weeks of Genealogy. Join the fun!! 

Week 2:   What toys did you play with growing up?

For the past six decades, the Slinky, Play-Doh, Mr. Potato Head and Legos have stayed among the most popular toys and have stood the test of time. My parents played with these toys, I played with them and my children play with these toys now. But, I often wondered if grandma played with them. So I asked her "what toys did you play with growing up?" I had no idea what she did for fun in the 20's and 30's or the toys she played with. To my surprise she answered...

"Horseshoes, jump rope, croquet, puzzles and cards." I recorded her answers and added them to her life history.

Now it's your turn. What toys did you play with growing up?

Keep it short and simple and it becomes easy.

Week 1
: How did you get your name? What does your name mean?

Keep connecting the dots! -Sarah

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 :)