Guest post by Findmypast Ambassaador, Lisa Alzo, M.F. A.; a very personal story of determination and a few tips for researching your ancestor’s work experiences. “There is no substitute for hard work.” – Thomas A. Edison For more than 40 years, my paternal grandfather, John Alzo, pulled on his brown work pants and shirt, put on his safety shoes, ate… Read more ›
Since we released the Church of Ireland Parish Record Search Forms collection as part of last week’s Findmypast Fridays collection, we thought we’d offer you a quick guide to Irish Parish records, and why they’re the key to tracing your Irish ancestors. Civil registration and the Old Age Pension Prior to the introduction of compulsory civil registration in Ireland in 1864,… Read more ›
We’ve made a number of improvements to the site, and as with any change, there’s a bit of a learning curve. Getting started with the new search With that in mind, we’ll be rolling out a series of blog posts, as well as new help and advice sections across the site, to help you get started with your new search… Read more ›
In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, here are some tips for doing Irish genealogy. Joshua Taylor talks about Ireland, it’s communities, historical records and how to take on this family history venture. CONTENT (Timestamp) 0:40 — Tip #1: Check ancestors tombstones at cemeteries find original town or parish they came from in Ireland. This occurs often with New England graves.… Read more ›
Tyler chats about fashion history with guest expert and fashion history buff, Paulette Uris (his mother). Putting the family in family history. Fashion in the mid to late 1800’s can often be hard to grasp. Because clothing was much more expensive and and old items were more often repaired, fashion trends lasted longer than today. Listen in on how to… Read more ›
Parishes are renowned for keeping detailed records of congregation members, including baptismal, marriage and funeral records. Findmypast.com has more than 45 million parish records including those from Ireland, Wales, England and Scotland that date all the way back to 1538. “Parish records offer a wealth of information for genealogists,” said D. Joshua Taylor, findmypast.com lead genealogist. “Stretching back hundreds of… Read more ›
Our resident expert Josh Taylor explains the initial steps in starting your family history. From interviewing living relatives to documenting your research, these tips will get you started and give you the best shot at making discoveries for years to come.