Between The Leaves: A Google Hangout from Ancestry.com

We’ve start a new series on Ancestry.com called Between the Leaves.  It’s a genealogy chat show for some of the genealogist who work at Ancestry.com: Myself, Juliana Szucs Smith, Amy Johnson Crow and Crista Cowan.  The first episode was a lot of fun to film and I can’t wait to do the next one!

Enjoy!

2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 18,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Places I’ve Been, Places They’ve Been: Tuesday’s Tip

This map from Visited States Map Generator has popped up in my Facebook feed multiple times, so I had to make one.  It’s a map!  Who could resist?

where-i-beenColor codes:

  • Green — I’ve lived there
  • Blue — I’ve spent significant time there
  • Orange — I’ve spent at least a night there, most likely more
  • Red (or is that pink?) I’ve at least driven through and experienced the state
  • White — Never been.  Alaska should be there as well.  And I need to get to the Northeast corner of the country.  How have they not been on my travel schedule?

I thought it might be interesting to build the map from a genealogy point of view.  My ancestors once they arrived in this country, mostly in the 1700’s, were not very migratory. So my map is fairly blank.

ancestorsBut here are the color codes that I used:

  • Blue — My paternal ancestors
  • Green — My maternal ancestors
  • Orange – Both paternal and maternal ancestors
  • Red — Places where a lot of descendants of my ancestors migrated to, not including my director ancestors

From my research my maternal side came came into the country from South Carolina and migrated over time into North Carolina.  My paternal side seems to have come in through Pennsylvania and migrated down into Virginia and North Carolina.   I believe some of them came into Virginia ports as well.  But that is just a suspicion.

I would love to seem maps from people who have families who were wanderers.  Play around on Visited States Map Generator and see what you come up with.

Happy Mapping!

Revolutionary Voices: A Last Muster Film — Sorting Saturday

I believe Revolutionary Voices is going to be great project.  But they need a little bit of help still.

Revolutionary Voices

Go to Revolutionary Voices on Kickstarter and learn more.  And maybe kick in a couple of bucks.  Every little bit helps!

Fun with Rebel Mouse. Tuesday’s Tip.

The Ancestor Hunt has done a fun new thing with twitter hash tags on Rebel Mouse.

Try this one: https://www.rebelmouse.com/genealogy/

Rebel Mouse #genealogy tag
Rebel Mouse #genealogy tag

There is also one for #familyhistory: https://www.rebelmouse.com/familyhistory/

It’s a really interesting presentation of twitter #hash tags.