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A new free search engine for genealogists and people interested in learning more about their family history launched Tuesday, March 15, 2011. According to an official press release on GeneaPress, “Mocavo enables the search of more than 50 billion words – including billions of names, dates and places, all within fractions of a second. […]

My Fearless Female Ancestor Who Made the News

In March 2010, Lisa Alzo, better known as, The Accidental Genealogist, launched a series of 31 blogging prompts for celebrating and honoring the “fearless females” in our family trees. This online viral event was so popular with bloggers last year that they wanted to know if Lisa planned to host this event again this year. […]

Wordless Wednesday: Strolling the Streets of the Big Apple

Bordersville Serivce Learning Project

As I walked through one of the buildings on the way back to my office today, I stopped to see the Bordersville Service Learning Project playing on a monitor mounted on the wall in the hallway. Dean Wolfe, Professor of History at Lone Star College-Kingwood, was explaining what the historical cemetery clean-up service project was […]

Wordless Wednesday: The Lazy Days of Summer

My maternal Grandfather Joseph Chapple, circa 1947, in the Greater Fifth Ward, Houston, Texas.

Grave Curiosities

The more I delve into my family’s history, the more I’m coming to the conclusion that — I love dead people! LOL! I know this sounds creepy, but it’s true. All of the great leads and information I’ve been able to pull together about ancestors has come from death certificates, funeral programs, and/or visiting graveyards. […]

Online Family History Industry Trends at recently published their Online Family History Industry Trends Report, along with corresponding info-graphics which offers some very interesting data about the steady rise in family research among those 45 years of age and older. According to this report, the interest in family research for this age group is due to significant advances in content […]

‘Who Do You Think You Are?’

Friday evening (2/4/2011) was the start of NBC’s second season of, Who Do You Think You Are?, a series that follows some of today’s high profile celebrities as they embark on a journey of self-discovery while tracing their family trees. According to the producers,  this series,”celebrates the twists and turns of a great nation and the […]

As you know, my genealogy road trip on January 1st was the result of my 2011 New Year’s resolution to return to genealogy and from some new information I uncovered about my grandfather (Joseph Chapple) and his parents (Louis and Carrie Blanton Chapple) in That road trip was very enlightening and provided me with […]

Searching For . . . on OWN TV

January 1st marked the launched of the new Oprah Winfrey Network — OWN! This new network is all the rave and I am especially excited about seeing the new documentary show, “Searching for …” that features the real-life work of Pam Slaton, a professional investigative genealogist, who help  people track down lost loved ones. According […]

My New Year’s Day 2011 Roadtrip

My New Year’s Day 2011 consisted of a fabulous soul-food meal prepared by my mom, and a quick road trip across town to a community where my maternal grandfather,  Joseph Chapple, and great-grandparents, Louis & Carrie Blanton Chapple lived around 1910. Last week on, I was able to download and review a copy of the […]

Ancestry is the world’s largest online resource for family history, with more than one million paying subscribers around the world as of December 2009. Yep, I’m officially a paid subscriber! I must say that my decision to use this paid service was a very smart move on my part because just entering a few family […]

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