Helpful Genealogy Facts
Family Relationship Chart
To find the relationship between two people, first determine the common ancestor you share and your relationship to the common ancestor:
- Do you know when your ancestors may have fought in a war? Check out this helpful timeline to find out.
Listing Of Some Early Occupations
This list describes the various old occupations of which many are archaic. These are useful to genealogists since surnames usually originated from someone's occupation. Ship's passenger lists, census returns, and other documents used in genealogy may give an ancestor's occupation, this list gives more modern interpretations of those terms.
Medical Terms and Epidemics
Historical Causes of Death
Death certificates or registers can have information about the cause of death. For records before the mid-20th century, some terms used then are no longer familiar today. There are several websites that give definitions and interpretations to diseases and medical conditions found in these records.
Cemetery and Gravestones
Gravestone Symbols and Their Hidden Meanings
- learn the meanings behind some common (and several uncommon) gravestone symbols. A revelation about your ancestor’s life may just be right in front of you, hidden in plain sight.