There is a growing trend towards using DNA testing to help trace one’s ancestry. But what types of information can be discovered using one of the many products on the market that are DTC (Direct to Consumer)? Are they worth the expense, and can they fill in information relevant to your family tree? There are currently several hundred genetic tests of many different types in use, with more being developed all the time.
My mother told me that her grandfather, Charles Curnow Ladner, fought in World War I and was missing in action. She said her grandmother believed that he suffered from shell shock and would one day come walking through the door. He never did return from the war, and my mother never knew what happened to him. I decided to find out. World War I service records are available, so I got a copy of my great grandfather’s dossier. His service records contained not only service information, but also letters that my great grandmother, Emily, had written.
Here at the Midwest Genealogy Center, we remember our veterans every day as we utilize the resources available in our building (books, microfilm/fiche, and periodicals), in our online databases, and even the Internet.
Want to know how to cook for hundreds of soldiers or sailors? While recently searching for a coworker whose grandfather was a Navy cook on the U.S.S. Missouri, I stumbled across these little gems online. Just Google "U.S. Army" or "Navy Cookbook," and you will find out exactly how much it took to feed a unit of hungry fighting men. With minimum portions of about twenty and usually around one hundred or more; the sheer amounts of ingredients are a bit hard to fathom.
If your family is like mine, when the holidays are getting ready to roll around, they start to ask, "What gifts do you want for the holidays?" When this happens, remember your genealogy wish list. Here are some ideas that might delight anyone working on their family tree.
Have you hit a brick wall in your Genealogy research? Need help translating that German document? Having trouble with FamilyTree Maker? The Midwest Genealogy Center may be able to help. We have staff members and volunteers that will meet with you by appointment. This free service does not replace the assistance of a professional and/or paid researcher, but in many cases, our staff and volunteers may be able to help you break through that brick wall in your research.
As the Holidays approach, many families often plan fun activities to enjoy time together. Some families get together to see a holiday themed movie or maybe attend the local tree lighting ceremony. These wonderful family traditions make the holidays such a special time of year. In Excelsior Springs, where I live, it wouldn't be the holidays without visiting the Hall of Trees in the historic Hall of Waters. Each year, businesses and community organizations decorate trees for a fun and festive holiday display that children and adults alike can enjoy.
3D Collections Are the Future of Experiencing Your Heritage
How would you like to take a walk along the streets your ancestors used to tread, examine tools and objects they used, and virtually experience every aspect of life in another century as realistically as possible? These experiences may be closer than you think!
Today 3D scanning and printing of artifacts is revealing a whole new world of applications. Soon it will be possible to obtain a digital download of an entire museum, a village, or a furnished room, complete with a guided tour.
School Teachers: This Is Why We Perform Background Checks
William Clarke Quantril was a Confederate raider, bushwhacker, guerilla leader, and...school teacher? William Quantril was born in 1837 in Ohio and was well educated to follow in his father’s footsteps to become a school teacher. After his father’s death, he became a teacher at the age of sixteen in 1853. However, he soon switched jobs to a lumberyard worker before he shot a man claiming self-defense. This foreshadowed his later life. He was soon released as there were no witnesses.
January is a great month for all kinds of new goals; it’s a month famous for resolutions. One resolution that is no doubt on many genealogists’ to-do list is to get organized. This is often easier written down than done. Organization can be overwhelming and, if left unorganized for long, can seem an insurmountable task. But have no fear! There are many free apps to help you reach your organizational goals.