family history

The History of Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a holiday for celebrating motherhood and thanking mothers for all they do. In the United States, it is held every year on the second Sunday in May. Mother’s Day as celebrated today traces back to Anna Jarvis, who, following the death of her mother on May 9, 1905, devoted the rest of her life to establishing Mother’s Day as a national, and later an international holiday. Some

LostCousins Expands to the U.S.!

Now the LostCousins family history site has expanded into the United States. See my previous post titled “Lost Cousins is Completely Free Until 2007” for more details about LostCousins. LostCousins has now added the ability to find matches to others who are researching the same ancestors who are listed in the 1880 U.S. Federal Census that you are researching. You can search for your relatives in the 1880 census for

Welcome to our Genealogy Blog!

Welcome to Illuminated Ancestries Blog! We are glad you stopped by! We want to be your source for genealogy and family history. To that end, we will keep you updated with the latest genealogy news and techniques. We will also provide you with historical tidbits and helpful templates you can download for your own use. We will give you tips and tutorials on all aspects of genealogy and family history