The Origin of Mother’s Day

The Origin of Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is a special day to millions of people in the United States. Not only is it one of the largest greeting card holidays of the year, it is also a time when families often get together to share their love of the mothers among them. At the very least, most mothers and women who are mother figures to others, are given phone calls, emails, and visits of appreciation. Presents and taking the mothers in question out for a meal are also common customs on this sweet day. But how did Mother’s Day get started? Did your ancestors celebrate it? This is what you need to know about Mother’s Day.

Read More

Leif Eriksson the Famous Viking Explorer

Leif Eriksson the Famous Viking Explorer

Leif Eriksson was a famous Viking explorer from Iceland who is largely considered to have been the first European to set foot on the continent of North America. There is no longer any doubt that the Vikings did discover North America for the Europeans long before Christopher Columbus. The well-documented stories of Leif’s voyages seem to point to him as the leader of the first Norse expedition to North America. It is for this reason he is known and respected as an important historical person in both the history of North America and of Europe.

Read More

Genealogy Gold Podcast: #72

AF-072: Finding Unnamed Ancestors on the 1790-1840 Censuses

The 1790-1840 census records only listed heads of household by name. However, that does not mean you can’t put together a list of who was in the household. You just look at other clues like these.

Read More

10 “Must-Do” Genealogy Projects for May

10 "Must-Do" Genealogy Projects for May

It’s time to start figuring out what genealogy projects you want to tackle for May. Each month holds its own best genealogical practices that you can incorporate into your regular genealogy research. Here are the 10 “must do” genealogy projects for May. Each of these will make your genealogy research and family history narrative richer and more informative for you and others. Enjoy doing these fun and important genealogical projects.

1. Research How Your Ancestors Celebrated Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day has been celebrated since the early 20th century, which means at least three generations of your family, and maybe more, have celebrated it. Look into your family history by talking to older relatives, looking at old photographs, and even reading old newspaper articles to discover how your own family traditionally celebrated Mother’s Day. Then, include this information in your family tree.

Read More