Where Your German Ancestor’s Resume is Hiding

My family was quick to dismiss our German ancestors as “all just farmers.” It was not until after researching German church records that I found various roles that my ancestors played in their villages. You might be able to find the same for your ancestors and reveal...

Evolution of Race Labels in the U.S. Census

In honor of the 1950 census records release, let’s talk about the history of the census.  The first United States Census was taken in the year 1790.  Every 10 years since the U.S. Bureau of Commerce has conducted a census, collecting the population data of the...

Pinpointing Tenant Farmer Ancestors in the USA

Sometimes, finding where a farmer ancestor lived is not as easy as discovering a land deed. Many farmers were landless, raising crops and livestock on rented land, subject to certain financial arrangements. These tenant farmers frequently moved from place to place,...

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Hello All, The Hidden Branch is back! After a 3 month hiatus, we are back. We have been working hard to organize and make some improvements to the blog and website. In order to better coordinate all members’ schedules and take some stress off of the blog...

Genealogy Across Generations by Natasha Swift

There are different pros and cons of being a 21st century aspiring genealogist. As well as a variation of different things that have either been made easier, or more difficult because of the growth in the digital world. I consider myself as being lucky to have grown...