Surname Saturday – The Soundex

In our post How Do I Call Thee? Let Me Count The Names… we talked about the necessity for expanding your searches widely to ensure you can find your ancestors even when you don’t really know how to spell their name. One of the ways that many database search sites like and perform […]

[Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories] Santa Claus?

Welcome to MyNeChimKi’s Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories! Thanks to Geneabloggers for developing these fantastic prompts for some holiday spirited blogging. Over the next month we’ll be blogging about some of our fondest Christmas memories. This post was originally posted on 6 December 2009 Today’s topic: Santa Claus As much as I’d like to not […]

99 Genealogy Things

I ran across this meme on Tonia’s Roots.  This version originated from Valerie Elkins at Family Cherished.  I thought that it would be a good light-hearted way to begin blogging again after my incredibly long hiatus. Things you have already done or found – bold type Things you would like to do or find – […]

Family Tree Maker for Mac???

I almost didn’t believe my ears this morning when I read on Twitter that announced they were going to be releasing Family Tree Maker for Mac later this year. The part of me that grew up on Family Tree Maker back in the early 1990s did a little happy dance, while the part of […]

Genealogy Apps Part 2: Reunion for iPhone – The Manifesto

Originally posted on 6 August 2009 on In the previous review of Genealogy applications, we looked at applications that are stand-alone GEDCOM viewers. As we found, these were helpful for a quick, nitty-gritty search when on-location for hard-copy genealogy research. However, they did not (for the most part) allow genealogists or family historians make […]

Genealogy Apps Part 1: GEDCOM Viewers

Originally posted on 18 June 2009 on The author regrets that this post is a bit out of date and doesn’t include some of the newer GEDCOM Viewers that are out in the App Store these days. Genealogy On-The-Go When I go off into the world of paper and archives I like to have […]

Upcoming Classes, Conferences & Seminars – 4/10/2010 thru 4/17/2010

Apologies for missing this post last week, however, this week more than makes up for it! Wow!! There are tons of mid-April events… and good ones too. Sadly, I will not be joining you for these. I’m taking a couple of weekends off genealogy (since I’m really only a Weekend Warrior these days anyway). This […]

Upcoming Classes, Conferences & Seminars – 3/29/2010 thru 4/4/2010

It’s looking a little sparse this week… so take a break from all your educational opportunities to enjoy your family over the Easter weekend!! This Week’s Classes, Conferences & Seminars Thursday, April 1, 2010: Thomas Balch Library – Researching Court Records, 10:00am, Leesburg, VA (FREE) Saturday, April 3, 2010: Maryland Historical Society – Family History […]

Who Do You Think You Are?

I’m the anti-bandwagon person.  Usually if something takes off running with masses and masses of support I’m the one that’s standing behind, crossed-arms, digging my heels in and refusing to become part of the hysteria.  It was no different with the show Who Do You Think You Are?, a program sponsored by and NBC […]

Upcoming Classes, Conferences & Seminars – 3/22/2010 thru 3/28/2010

After a much needed sabbatical I’m hoping to be back in full swing this Spring with the blogging.  There are lots of exciting classes coming up and some interesting lectures.  If you happen to be attending the Fairfax Genealogical Society’s Spring Conference we might run in to each other! This Week’s Classes, Conferences & Seminars […]