When Family History Research Feels Overwhelming

I’ve been researching my family’s history since I was 16 years old. And it’s something I feel both passionate and curious about. But every now and then I step away from that genealogy research because it feels overwhelming. I have almost 3000 people in my family tree at this point. And as much I love … Read more

What You Can Learn in Census Records

Some of the best genealogical tools available to family history researchers are census records. Not only can they tell you where your ancestors lived at different points in time, but they can tell you much more about them, their lives, and their families. While the information found in federal census forms varies a bit from … Read more

3 Reasons to Introduce Kids to Genealogy

In a recent post, I mentioned getting involved in genealogy as a teenager. I don’t remember doing this as a child, such as for a school family tree project. But I wish I’d have been introduced to family history research at a younger age. Today I’d like to share why that is by sharing three … Read more

What Got You Into Researching Your Family History?

Genealogy isn’t just about digging for facts. It’s about telling stories — our stories. Sometimes curiosity about those stories alone is enough to drive us into researching our family histories. But sometimes it’s more than that — something specific we wanted to learn about ourselves, a particular connection that drove our passion to know more, or maybe … Read more

Where Are You Really From?

Growing up, if you asked me what my ancestry was, I would have simply said “German and Irish.” My father’s side of the family was German. My grandfather on that side was a German immigrant after WWII, and my grandmother’s family came to New York from Germany a few generations earlier. My mother’s side of … Read more

Backing Up Your Genealogy Records

This might be a quick and common sense tip for most folks who regularly work on family history research, but I was reminded of something today — you absolutely must back up your genealogy research. I learned this lesson the hard way when I was just a teenager. I started climbing my family tree when I was … Read more

2018 Genealogy New Year’s Resolutions

I know most regular visitors to this blog come for the conversations about German dual citizenship.  But that’s just a tiny part of why I launched this blog so many years ago. Climb Your Family Tree was meant to be a journal of sorts about my own family history research and what I found. But … Read more