Archive for March, 2009

Tracing One’s Roots Via Family History Genealogy

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

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The family has always been considered as the strongest force in the society. Known as the most fundamental civilization in the world, it defines the rise and fall of every community and group. In whatever culture, the family has always played a major role in unifying the people of its race. Even in today’s modern era when the limits of socialization are starting to get shattered and the boundaries of communication are slowly disappearing, the family remains basic in every human life. Nobody is so independent and free as to be able to exist without a family.

Today’s world is one which is highly characterized by individualism and eccentricity. Many people are concerned with moving on into the future and the majority is actually living for tomorrow. You may think it just usual for today’s generation to bother less about their origin, about who they really are, where they come from, and issues concerning the past. Ironically, however, there is a growing interest about the search for people’s ancestors. Family history genealogy is gaining more and more attention from those who are after their past life and relatives.

Genealogy can be considered as the science of relationships, simply because this field deals with the tracing of a particular person’s family and relatives, both in the past and in the present, alive or dead. People venture out in the search for their families because of various reasons. Some may want to find a kin who has been lost due to circumstances beyond their control. Concrete examples were those involved in the World War who were forced to leave their homes for safety and spent the rest of their life wandering in foreign lands. Others, on the other hand, engage in this endeavor because of the desire for material possessions and power. Believing that they may be perhaps connected to someone of great influence, they risk the chance for the hope of something good in return.

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Genealogy and the search for one’s history may vary in depth. This can be as simple as tracing the names of people related to you, forming a family tree, and indicating to which specific family in your clan a particular person belongs. Or, this can also be as deep as researching and finding out the personal life of each family member that you are able to find.

Modern technology has made family history genealogy more interesting and has opened a wider door for those people who are serious about their family search. The science of heredity and the study about DNA have made it even more possible for two persons to determine if they belong to the same line of ancestry. Various online sites are also available now to aid people find practically anybody with just the entry of simple facts. There are even computer programs which have been specifically designed for this purpose. 

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Starting your family history is easy, and this can be done using different means. The experience is like a treasure hunt that will lead you to unknown and exciting places, and you will never know what you will discover and what treasures await you at the end of your adventure.
 

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Coat of Arms – Heraldry Classifications

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Family history researches may at some point get involved in examining a coat of arms to determine the history of a family or simply for the pleasure of finding a heraldic connection to their family lines. Many  family history researchers  believe that a coat of arms is only granted to families or individuals. In fact heraldic symbols extend to corporations, communities, societies and cities as well. There are several major classifications of heraldic arms, some of which fall outside of the family or individual type. Such classifications are Arms of Succession, Community, Dominion, Pretension, Concession, Family, Alliance, Patronage and Office.

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 One unusual category of arms was ‘Arms of Attribution.’ These are fictitious arms invented by heralds in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries for royalty that actually died before coats of arms were in use.
 The below classifications are the most generally valid categories in use from the past and today.
 Succession – These are arms that are taken up by those who inherit certain estates by bequest, entail, or donation.
 Community – These are arms that are associated with bishoprics, cities, universities, academies, societies, guilds and corporate bodies. Many of these go back to a very early period.
 Dominion (or Sovereignty) – These are the arms of the kings or sovereigns of the territories they govern, which are also regarded as the arms of the State. Thus the Lions of England and the Russian Eagle are the arms of the Kings of England and the Emperors of Russia, and cannot be altered by a change of dynasty. In America several states have official arms of Dominion that derive from old rulers of the colony, such as in Maryland which bears the arms of Cecililus Calvert, second Lord Baltimore, who was the proprietor of the colony.
 Pretension – These are arms of kingdoms, provinces, or territories to which a prince or lord has some claim, and which he adds to his own, though the kingdoms or territories are governed by a foreign king or lord: thus the Kings of England for many ages quartered the arms of France in their escutcheon as the descendants of Edward III., who claimed that kingdom, in right of his mother, a French princess. Nearly all early sovereigns bore arms of this type as they constantly disputed territories.
 Concession – These are arms granted by sovereigns as the reward of virtue, valor, or extraordinary service and deeds. All arms granted to subjects were originally conceded by the Sovereign.

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 Family (or paternal arms) – These arms are such as are hereditary and belong to one particular family, which none others have a right to assume, nor can they do so without rendering themselves guilty of a breach of the laws of honor punishable by the Earl Marshal and the Kings at Arms. The assumption of arms has however become so common that little notice is taken of it at the present time. These types of arms sometimes are modified over time by various family members.
 Alliance – These are arms gained by marriage.
 Patronage – These arms are such as the lesser gentry bore as subjects to governors of provinces, lords of manors or feudal lords. They usually derive from the coat of arms of the lord and indicate a level of dependence on such, as well as the connection to that manor.
 Office – These are arms born by those holding certain offices such as the King of Arms in England or the Butlers of Ireland, ancestors of the Dukes of Ormond.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/genealogy-articles/coat-of-arms-heraldry-classifications-558484.html

Author: Mark Jordan

There will be a heraldry workshop at the forthcoming  genealogy conference in Nottingham, England in 2009. This four day family history conference will be an ideal opprtunity to meet other heraldic researchers and at under $500 ALL inclusive of ensuite accommodation, meals and refreshments there has never been a better time to attend a genealogical conference

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Your Family History comes alive with My Family Tree

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Make history come alive with genealogy culture view

If you have already completed your British genealogy records or you are planning on completing them, you might want to consider incorporating a "culture view" into your British genealogy project.

What is a Culture View?

A culture view is simply the photos, documents, graphics and records that compliment your British genealogy and family history narrative1 from a cultural, political or historical context.

Start Your British Genealogy Culture View

For example, to begin your British genealogy culture view you could purchase a book of remembrance, (or anything that will organize your genealogical information effectively) and on one side of the book’s fold, place information about your ancestor(s) and on the opposite page insert excerpts of popular culture, inventions, photos, newspaper clippings, famous people, political happenings or even drawings of clothing fashions that were typical during your ancestor’s time period. You can of course keep track of genealogical and historical information in digital formats as well.

Give Me a Double?

If you currently live in a country besides Great Britain, you might consider adding additional references to a cultural view of the country that you currently call home. Wouldn’t it be great for your kids to see comparative cultural references to historical happenings that occurred in Great Britain and the country you currently reside in? What a great way to learn about your British genealogy and the history of your homeland(s)!

Famous People

A great way to start your British genealogy culture view would be to include references to famous persons who lived during the time periods that your ancestors lived in. If you have found the information for British ancestors who lived during the 19th century for instance, you could include references to the following famous British persons2:

  • Charles Darwin
  • Michael Faraday
  • Charles Dickens
  • Florence Nightingale
  • Jane Austen
  • William Booth
  • J.R.R. Tolkien
  • William Wilberforce
  • Horatio Nelson
  • Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

Wouldn’t it be interesting to find out more about your ancestors might have fit into the bigger picture?

Food

Everyone can relate to food! Your ancestors probably enjoyed their daily fare just as much as you do, but do you know what they ate? Start investigating their preferred tastes and see what types of comestibles were common during their time period by investigating the origination dates of the following British edibles 3:

Yorkshire pudding

Scones (these scones may not be the types of scones that you are used to)

Marmalade

Crisps

"Meat and two vegs"

Bangers and mash (sausage and mashed potatoes)

Black pudding

Fish and chips

Steak and kidney pie

Cornish pasties

Gravy

Rhubarb crumble

Bread and butter

Pudding

Trifle

Spotted dick

Mushy peas (traditionally a side dish for fish and chips)

Pie and mash

Tea

Clotted cream

Bacon sarnies or bacon butties

Butterfly cakes

Kedgeree

Fruit cake

Blancmange

Custard

In your British genealogy culture view, you may also want to include references to literature, elite professions, the British language and even political movements. A British genealogy culture view can take a lot of time but is worth it if it brings families closer.

About the Author: Marci Crane is a web content specialist for 10x Marketing in Orem, Utah. For more information in regards to British genealogy or creating genealogy records that are perfect for your book of remembrance, please fell free to contact a Price & Associates representative.

1A family history narrative is simply the written stories, anecdotes and legends that make your genealogy data (i.e. names, dates) come alive.

2 http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/questions/famous_people.htm

3 http://www.lingolex.com/cc/foods.htmhttp://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/questions/glossary/index.htm

By 10x Marketing
Published: 1/4/2007

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Reflecting the Words of Italian Genealogy

Friday, March 13th, 2009

When people speak of genealogy they refer to the history of their family. Genealogy is basically the search for the forgotten truth about their ancestors.

According to the origin of the word, the term genealogy is derived from the Greek word genea, which refers to generation or descent.

Hence, it is vital for a genealogist to familiarize himself from the genealogical words of a certain language.

The reason here is simple. If you are conducting your search on genealogy and you have to conduct the research into a place which language seems strange to you, you would probably find yourself helpless to do the necessary moves to complete your search.

Your search will be definitely be suspended if you will not be able to comprehend the documents in your hands. And it is certainly a big mistake to waste the documents or worse misinterpret them.

Therefore, it is vital to know the usual genealogy terms of certain language.

The Italian language is one of the romantic languages in Europe that originated from Latin. This language is likewise used in some places of Yugoslavia as well as Switzerland.

If ever you are about to track a genealogy document inscribed in Italian language, the one thing that you need to know are the basics of Italian language. These basics will serve as your keywords.

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Believe it or not, though you neither can read nor speak the Italian language, you can possibly understand the Italian documents on genealogy with the use of these keywords.

These keywords are simply the Italian root words. Through this you will not exert too much effort anymore in comprehending and utilizing the genealogical documents written in Italian language.

So what are these genealogy terms? These include the record types, dates, family relationships, and family events.

Meanwhile the following will be the basics of Italian language:

As what have been mentioned, the first thing to know about the language is the root words because these will unveil the denotation of the word.

Take note that the Italian words consist of masculine and feminine categories. This is identified on the ending of the word. The ending of the word may also indicate singular or plural. Likewise, will help you distinguish whether it is in past, present or future tense.

The nouns in Italian have gender, both in persons and things. Usually, nouns that ends with -a refer to female, while the nouns that ends in –o are male. Example of feminine word is chiesa (church), and cimiterio (cemetery) in masculine.

Meanwhile, nouns that end in –e may pertain to both masculine and feminine. Like for instance padre, father, and madre, mother.

On the other hand, in distinguishing the plural from singular you just have to notice the last vowel of the word. Plural nouns are formed by changing the nouns that end with –o or –e to –i. While the nouns that end with –a  is altered with an –e to form a plural term.  

To look for the list of words concerning the Italian genealogical term, you can just simply browse the Internet.

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Ancestry.com: The Best Website to Learn About Your Genealogy

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

At the forthcoming genealogical conference in Nottingham there will be a lecture stream by the Society of Genealogists on starting your family hsitory research. One of these lectures is entitled "The Top Ten Genealogy Sites". Ancestry.com with their otehr websites such as Ancestry.co.uk have made a place amongst this top ten with their wealth of  useful data. The Society of Genealogists has free access to anyone in their library in London.

Many people try and trace their ancestry for a lot of reasons. Some do it for medical reasons to find out about a mysterious disease that their family is suffering from, others do it for honoring their dead relatives, and there are people who find it as an interesting hobby and find it fun to do so. It is a fact that it’s always interesting to know about facts about your family’s past. You never know, maybe your great-great-great-great-great grandfather was a famous person back in the old days.

  

These are some of the reasons why you should learn about your genealogy. Maybe if you find out enough about your family, there might be an illegitimate child that gave birth to the great-great-great grandfather of the President of the United States which makes you and the president very distant relatives. It is always fun and also a bit surprising finding out about your past.

However, you have to consider that as time progresses, some pasts are forgotten in the mists of time. It is very important that you should consider that finding out about one’s past is very difficult especially if you don’t know about your great grandfather for some reasons. You also have to consider past historical events, such as war, the Great Depression and migration. In the United States, you have to consider that this country is composed of different races. There are people living here who have different traces of ancestry. There are Germans, Africans, Russians, Latin, and others. Some people don’t even know that they had foreign ancestry and you also have to consider that some last names have been Americanized.

These are some of the reasons why it can be difficult to trace your genealogy or your ancestry. However, technology can make it easier for you to find out about your past. There are available websites today that specializes in genealogy. One of these websites that are considered to be reputable and can definitely help you find long lost relatives is the Ancestry.com. Ancestry.com is a genealogy website that can help you find out about your family’s past.

There are professionals here that can help you gather documents, such as birth, immigration, death, marriage documents, medical records, and other vital documents about your family. You need to realize that these documents are very hard to find and will require you to pay a fee for the professionals working with Ancestry.com to find it for you. Today, there are more than four billion names in Ancestry.com database. If you know the complete name of your grandparents or great-great grandparents, you can start your search for your ancestors from here.

Ancestry.com offers the best services at a very reasonable cost. You have to consider that knowing about your family’s past is priceless. Who knows, maybe you are the great-great-great-great-great grandchild of a famous Native American or a famous European who migrated in the United States.

So, if you want to know about your genealogy the easy way, you should get the services of Ancestry.com. Here, you can start your very own family tree and show it to the members of your family and friends about your proud past.

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Free Genealogy Websites

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

How to effectively utilize the free genealogy web site

If you are looking for the missing puzzles of your life, it is best to understand your roots. This could be done by studying and researching on your genealogy. And the best way to start your quest to know your ancestry is by collecting reliable sources of information by which you can trace them. One of the cheapest and abundant sources is a free genealogy web site.

The internet had modified the face of ancestry tracking. Sometime ago, genealogy relegated a bushel of challenging tasks to library works and long distance travels. But now, there is already the powerful tool that could be accessed in an instant for free. Genealogy web sites are potent components of research, however, proper care must be considered in order to optimize its advantages. What you need in genealogy are reliable and accurate information. For beginners, a tutorial resource on genealogy will serve as a guide so that your research efforts will not be wasted. The different techniques and types of document sources are the basic things to know in order to start quickly with genealogy.

 

In using the free genealogy web site, it is important to remember and document the sources properly. The web site address, abbreviations and significant notes should be indicated as foot notes or at an index page. This will be advantageous when verifying or rechecking your data gathered. Documentation often takes the place of a failing memory of the researcher. For another thing, these documents can be the key to resolve the conflicting facts that you may encounter in the process of research.

Your living relatives can help you verify the facts that you have gathered from free genealogy web sites. Interviews with these people bring about good stories about your ancestry. These stories should be recorded together with the names of storytellers. Then you can check the data you have gathered if they fit in to each other.

Other resources that can be found in the internet are census records, death indexes and obituaries. Though not all newspaper publish their obituaries online and not all deaths were submitted to obituaries or death indexes, these sources can lead you to clues and relative information. Much of this information is free, it is just knowing where to look. Ask the Experts is a course running at the forthcoming genealogy conference in Nottingham. It is being organised and sponsored by the Society of Genealogists under their genealogy officer Else Churchill. The Society of Genealogists has the largest collection of family history documents, films and  microfiche in the United Kingdom. Based in London, the Society fo Genealogists will be having their 100th anniversarry in 2001.

After taking into accounts all the possible resources, it’s time to organize these data. You need to highlight the documents that value most. Nevertheless, none of the documents that you find insignificant should be disposed. They could still serve as reference in the future.

Assembling the facts is another laborious chore. But when you get to this stage, it just means that you are almost done with that set. You can share with other researchers the facts that you have gathered. Who knows, it takes a few of you to assemble the puzzles of your heritage. There is the saying that two heads are better than one, surely too, more heads are better than two. After all, you are not the sole person in your clan who would like to find out the bloodline of your ancestry.

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