Author: Heather

How I Solved It: Returning to a Small Town in Scotland

In May 1863 in a small town in Scotland, Robert Henderson said goodbye to his father James and left for America. Robert’s mother Christian Dalziel had passed away about a year earlier. It’s unlikely that Robert ever saw his father again since James died a few years later, in March 1867. Locating James and Christian’s…

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RootsTech 2019 & FamilySearch advice

Wow, RootsTech was amazing! It was so great to meet everyone, hear your thoughts, and share RootsFinder with you. Thank you so much to everyone who dropped by the booth. The RootsFinder tree loved walking around for photo ops again this year, and we’re already looking forward to next year! In case you missed it, though, here’s…

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We’re joining Findmypast!

RootsFinder is excited to announce its acquisition by Findmypast. Findmypast gives us the support of a large company and the world’s most respected source of UK records. RootsFinder will continue to operate independently as There are no plans to change the features and services RootsFinder users currently enjoy. Here’s the press release: FINDMYPAST ACQUIRES…

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Join us at RootsTech 2019!

It’s that time of year again already! We’re counting down the days until RootsTech 2019, which starts on 27 February 2019. We’ll be in the Expo Hall near the Media Hub at booth #439-540 this year. Please stop by and say hi! There will be daily drawings for DNA kits and other prizes. Want a…

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How I Solved It: Benjamin Merrill is not my grandfather?!? (Is he?)

Inspired by our “How I Solved It” guest bloggers, I’ve decided to dust off some old research logs and take a second look at some old problems. First up: my Merrill connection. During my trip to North Carolina for an NGS conference in Raleigh a few years ago, I did quite a bit of personal on-site wandering….

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How I Solved It: Mary Houts Colton Cox

I take a particular joy in traveling to my ancestral homes to stand where my people once stood and see the earth from their perspective. Along with cemeteries, local libraries are on the top of my list of places I *must* stop while traveling because even though I live near the largest genealogical library in…

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News from RootsFinder

Hey there! Here’s some news about what’s been going on at RootsFinder lately that you might like to know about: New DNA import methods We’ve been working hard on a new method of importing your DNA data. In addition to importing your results from GEDmatch, you can now import your autosomal DNA information from Ancestry,…

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How I Solved It: [Re]searching The Sartor Search

My grandmother was just four years old when her mother died. Grief-stricken and probably keenly aware of his own mortality, my great-grandfather sat down and wrote “Geniology [sic] of Hills as known by Dr. T.C. Hill written for benefit of Anna Helen Hill.” “Your Great Grandmother Hill [sic] name was Jane Sartor Hill,” T.C. says,…

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Updates from RootsFinder: new Infographics and more

In case you missed it…we started a new infographic series for your family tree(s). The first one shows the average age at death for the men and women in your family compared to other RootsFinder users’ trees and also compared to the infant mortality rate over time. (I thought it was really interesting to see…

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Seven Reasons You Might Hire a Professional Genealogist

We’ve recently partnered with Legacy Tree Genealogists, the world’s highest client-rated genealogy research firm to provide additional options for our users to make their family history research as successful as possible. Hit a brick wall in your research? You’ll now find a link to “Hire a Researcher” in the toolbar underneath the header on a…

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