Genealogy Blog

Do You Plan on Writing Your Own Obituary?

04 Apr 2014

We asked and you answered! Last week we asked if you were planning on writing your own obituary.

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Over 62% of you would like to write your obituary someday, while 23% of you are super prepared and already have a rough draft written! Ten percent of our community would prefer to have someone else write their obituary and five percent plan on living forever (as do I). Looking for some inspiration for writing your own obituary? Check out Chief Genealogist Michael J. Leclerc’s article “Have you Written Your Obituary Yet?” He reminds us that when we make all the preparations for the end of our lives, we all too often forget to think about our own obituaries. We hope this poll inspired you to take some time to think about how you would like to be remembered.

Looking to research obituaries? You can search for death records on Mocavo at http://www.mocavo.com/records/Death-Records

Take this week’s poll: How long have you been researching your family history?

04 Apr 2014

This week we would like to know: “How long have you been researching your family history?”

Have you discovered any Irish heritage in your family history research

22 Mar 2014

We asked and you answered! Last week we asked, “In honor of Saint Patrick’s Day, we would like to know if you have discovered any Irish heritage in your family history research?”

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To our surprise over 85% of our members have found Irish ancestors on either their father or mother’s side of their family! If you are looking for more information regarding your Irish ancestors, don’t forget that we have a ton of Irish databases all available for you to search individually for free. You can find all of our records from Ireland at http://www.mocavo.com/records/Ireland/. We also have some helpful articles about Irish research in our learning center. Read about the Placenames Database of Ireland which currently contains the names of more than 61,000 townlands, almost 3,500 electoral districts, more than 2,500 civil parishes, and thousands of other names.

Be sure to take next week’s poll: “Do You Plan on Writing Your Own Obituary?

 

Have any of your ancestors ever been featured on the silver screen?

08 Mar 2014

We asked and you answered! Last week we asked, “Have any of your ancestors ever been featured on the silver screen.”

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An exciting eleven percent of our community members have had their ancestors’ stories shared in either feature films or documentaries. A few weeks ago, our Chief Genealogist Michael J. Leclerc wrote an interesting article about the importance of using documentaries to help add context to the lives of your ancestors. In his own words: “documentaries don’t get nearly the press they deserve. They are often thought of as slow and boring. But many of them tell interesting stories very well. You might find stories of the places your ancestors lived, or the activities they might have been involved in. You might even get lucky enough to have a documentary made about an ancestor. Try going to DocumentaryGuide.com to find a film that might be helpful to you.” Although 87% of our members have not seen any of their ancestors in a feature film or documentary, it’s important to remember that although they may not have had a staring role, you can still learn a lot about what life could have been like for them.

Are you planning on taking advantage of all RootsTech has to offer?

22 Feb 2014

We asked and you answered! Last week we asked, “Are you planning on taking advantage of all RootsTech has to offer?“ Over forty percent of our members stated that they have watched or plan to watch recorded sessions from the annual family history event. It’s also very exciting to see that 21% of you have already watched or plan to watch livestreamed sessions. Our own Chief Genealogist Michael J. Leclerc gave many presentations at RootsTech, including one that was recorded. If you are interested in learning how to share your family history research with multimedia, you are in luck! You can watch Michael’s recorded presentation on the RootsTech website at: https://rootstech.org/about/videos/?id=3166213327001. We hope the 5% who attended the conference had as much fun as we did! If you are planning on going to any other conferences this year, check out Michael’s article entitled “5 Tips for Attending a Conference” to make sure you are fully prepared to enjoy yourself. There are a bunch of great conferences coming up this year and we hope many of you will be able to expand your family history knowledge by attending a few, either in person, or virtually.

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Don’t forget to check out our bi-monthly newsletter or Facebook page to take our next poll: “Have any of your ancestors ever been featured on the silver screen?

Have you used your genealogical research to help with family health issues?

08 Feb 2014

We asked and you answered! Last week we asked, “Have you used your genealogical research to help with family health issues?” More than 50% of our members have used some type of family history evidence to help with family health issues. Forty-one percent of our community members have no used genealogical research to help with family health issues.

It is important to remember that family history includes not only your ancestors, but your descendants as well. Your family health history can be very significant to the health of future generations in your family. In many cases, individuals are researching their family because it is quite literally a matter of life or death. For a large number of individuals, the impetus for starting to research their family is for medical and health reasons. Others learn of health issues as they start researching, and seek to discover more. You can find out more about how family health histories can affect your future generations in the following articles: “Changing the Rules for Tracing Cancer in Your Family” & “Angelina Jolie’s Adventure in Family History

Don’t forget to check out our bi-monthly newsletter or Facebook page to take our next poll: “Are you planning on taking advantage of all RootsTech has to offer?

 

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Where in the UKI (United Kingdom and Ireland) are your ancestors from?

25 Jan 2014

We asked and you answered! Last week we asked where in the UKI (United Kingdom and Ireland) are your ancestors from. More than 50% of our members have UKI ancestors from England and Scotland. Those researching their roots in Britain are often surprised at the large number of resources available to them. And more and more resources are being made available online each and every week. Over the last couple of months, a number of announcements have been made about resources that are very exciting. If you are interested in learning more about your British ancestry, then be sure to check out Chief Genealogist Michael J. Leclerc’s post: “The British Are Coming! New Resources for UK Research

Researching nineteenth- and twentieth-century immigrant ancestors can be tricky. Resources and records can be different than other types of research. And the most important thing is doing all you can to identify exactly where the ancestors came from, as most records in Europe are local and decentralized. If you are interested in tips for how to find your ancestors in immigration records, don’t miss: “5 Tips to Solve your Immigration Puzzles“.

Don’t forget to check out our bi-monthly newsletter or Facebook page to take our next poll: “Have you used your genealogical research to help with family health issues?

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Will You Have Any New Year’s Resolutions?

11 Jan 2014

We asked and you answered! Last week we asked if you were planning on making any New Year’s resolutions. A majority of community members will not be making any resolutions this year. If you decide to change your mind, check out Michael J. Leclerc’s article “Genealogical Resolutions for 2014” to uncover simple ways to create resolutions that will stick. Remember the key to creating New Year’s Resolutions that will stick will be to make sure your goals are actually attainable. As for your most difficult New Year’s resolutions, try to break them up into smaller goals. This will help your goals feel more attainable. Don’t forget to check out our bi-monthly newsletter or Facebook page to take our next poll: “Where in the UKI (United Kingdom and Ireland) are your ancestors from?

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How far back can you trace your family history?

28 Dec 2013

We asked and you answered! Last week we asked how far back you could trace your family history. A majority of our Mocavo community members were able to get back to at least the 17th century! Don’t forget to check out our bi-monthly newsletter or Facebook page to take our next poll: “Are you going to make any New Years resolutions?

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