Genealogy Support Group

Contributing Writer Janet Wahlberg After many years of inactivity the Fenton Historical Society is reactivating their genealogy support group. It will be known as the Hall House Genealogy Support Group and will meet for the first time on Thursday September 3rd at 6PM at the Hall House on Forest Ave. The focus of the group […]

Ancestry Academy

Contributing Writer Janet Wahlberg Ancestry has a new feature titled Ancestry Academy. It is an educational resource of high quality videos covering a wide range of topics pertinent to doing genealogical research. Whether you are a novice or and expert there are offerings for you. The initial release on April 23, 2015 listed 15 topics […]

Using Fold 3 to Find Your Veterans

Contributing Writer Janet Wahlberg With Memorial Day celebrations just past, it brings to mind all those who have served from the Revolutionary War to the present day. I am sure that many of you would like to know more about these family members. One of the best sites to start with is Fold 3. It […]

Using the Wiki at Family Search

This month I would like to share with you a great resource located at the Family Search Website. It is the WIKI. The Family Search Website makes the following statements about their Wiki. “The Family Search Wiki is not about finding the names of your ancestors. It is not, in fact, about finding people at […]

Using Family Search

Last month I reported on the new group from the Fenton History Center, The Fenton Travelers and our trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The Family History Library hosts the very popular and useful Website, Family Search. This is an enormous collection of on-line resources, microfilm, microfiche, books, documents, etc. Learning […]

Fenton Travelers Trip to Salt Lake City

Over the summer a group of researchers from the Fenton History Center formed a group, The Fenton Travelers. The purpose of the group was to travel to other libraries and institutions in order to research our family histories as well as various historical topics of interest. Our first venture was quite ambitious. We planned and […]

Researching Your Family’s Journey From New England

After the Revolutionary War, people began to migrate west, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Vermont all contributed to this westward flow of settlers. At first, these folks moved primarily into eastern Pennsylvania and New York. As more land opened up, they continued their westward travel. Not long after the Revolutionary War over two million acres […]

Civilian Conservation Corps

Many of us have fathers, grandfathers, uncles, or cousins who served in the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. This was a program created as a part of the New Deal by Franklin Roosevelt. The purpose of the camps was to provide meaningful employment for young single men and the first camp opened in […]

Planning a Trip for Cemetery Research

Contributing Writer Janet Wahlberg There are specific strategies that you will want to employ while doing cemetery research in order to maximize your time and effort especially if you have traveled any distance to do this research. Some topics to consider are: what to bring, lighting, taking photographs, reading the stones, and general rules of […]

Researching the Cemetery

Contributing Writer Janet Wahlberg Cemeteries can offer a great deal of information in your efforts to complete your family research. If you do not know where your family members are buried, start by asking older family members. They may be able to tell you or they may have obituaries that list the cemetery where your […]