10 Top Misconceptions About Genealogy

Family Tree Symbol in Rainbow Colors
February 13, 2023

Genealogy is only for people with royal or noble ancestry: This is one of the top misconceptions about genealogy. It can be pursued by anyone, regardless of background or social status. People find it fascinating to learn about their family history and heritage, even if their ancestors were not famous or wealthy. Genealogy is easy: Genealogy can be a time-consuming and complex process that requires a lot of research and patience….


That Was Easier Than I Thought

July 2, 2021

This evening, I decided to see if I could find out more about one set of my Danish 4x great-grandparents by looking at their kids’ records.  I figured I could maybe back into some of their facts that way.  It’s worked before, finding a nugget or two in the next generation’s info… First, I tried to find marriage records for their son, Anders Peter Nicolaisen.  I know he was married…


Another Family Tree Breakthrough!

May 13, 2021

Yippee!  Not only did I figure out who Hans Peder Nielsen’s parents were finally, but today I figured out his wife’s lineage after close to 8 long years!!  That gives me 29 out of my 32 2x great-grandparents’ info…  Just 3 left to figure out to have my first 62 direct ancestors or 4 generations nailed down. My 2x great-grandma’s American records list her as Maren Sophie Jensen in almost…


Family Tree Breakthrough!

Sankt Peders Church, Slagelse, Denmark
May 5, 2021

Yay!  After almost 8 years, I was finally able to break through a genealogical wall on my mother’s mother’s line. I know they were from Denmark.  However, that side of the family has last names like Nielsen/Nelson and Jensen (think Smith and Jones in America). Trying to figure out which Hans Nielsen and which Maren Jensen are “mine” has been looking for a needle in a Danish haystack (country-sized).  Their…


MyHeritage Deep Nostalgia™ Photo Animator

Dad, Cricket, and Me
March 9, 2021

So, this weekend, I discovered MyHeritage.com’s Deep Nostalgia™ photo animator.  (There went many, many hours playing with that tool.)  It’s fantastic and creepy all at once. I took some old photos of my dad and animated them out of curiosity.  It cleaned them up really nicely – sharpening the focus and making colors more clean/vivid – then made his face come alive.  Certain angles were a bit off, but the…