Author Archives: Julie Goucher

Legacy Family Tree Webinars

The folks at Legacy Family Tree Webinars have extended their 50% off sale until 20 August 2017. A subscription means that you can watch any of the more than 500 webinars in their library. This includes Tracing European Ancestors Membership … Continue reading

Posted in Legacy Webinars, Presentations, Tracing European Ancestors | Leave a comment

Free Access to Legacy Webinars 14-16 April!

As a way of celebrating the 500th Webinar from Legacy Family Tree, they are opening the doors and allowing FREE access to all this Friday, 14th April through until Sunday 16th April 2017. To hear how Legacy Webinars got started … Continue reading

Posted in Legacy Webinars, Presentations, Tracing European Ancestors, Uncategorized | Tagged | Leave a comment

Article – Digging up Family Roots in Sicily by Russell Shorto

A fascinating account of researching roots in Sicily. The article, by Russell Shorto, a journalist from the New York Times published in the travel section on 16th August 2013.

Posted in Italy, Research & Resources | Tagged | Leave a comment

Researching in Lithuania

Lithuania gained its independence after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1990. Lithuania has a population of around 3 million people. The official language is Lithuanian, but also spoken is Polish and Russian. Records of the Grand Duchy of … Continue reading

Posted in Lithuania, Research & Resources | Leave a comment

Regions of Italy

Map and region details is shared here, courtesy of the Family Search Italy pages Italy is divided into 20 regions. Those marked with * indicate they have a degree of autonomy and can enable legislation at a local level. The … Continue reading

Posted in Italy, Research & Resources | Tagged | Leave a comment

European Ancestors – Legacy Webinar Series

Last Friday evening I presented to a number of genealogists the latest presentation of Tracing European Ancestors. The webinar can be accessed via this link free of charge for seven days. Alternatively it is available, as is the syllabus to subscribers … Continue reading

Posted in Presentations, Tracing European Ancestors | Leave a comment

Sicilian Heritage – The Reverse Immigrant by Alfred M. Zappala

I have been following the adventures and activities of Alfred via his website  for about three years or so. It was then by absolute chance that I then saw an email by which he mentioned his second book and I … Continue reading

Posted in Italy, Research & Resources | Tagged | Leave a comment

Spanish Surnames

In Spain children typically are given their first name followed by two surnames. The first surname represents their father’s surname and the second represents their mother’s surname. Since 1999, the gender equality laws have made a provision for some surname … Continue reading

Posted in Spain, Surnames, Tracing European Ancestors | Tagged | Leave a comment

The Italian American Podcast

Genealogy is so much more than names and dates. Researching our ancestry is about understanding the locations, cultures and traditions that affected the lives of our ancestors. Late last year I became aware that this podcast series The Italian American Podcast was … Continue reading

Posted in Italy, Podcasts | Leave a comment

Patronymic bynames in medieval Western Europe

Originally posted on Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources:
Today’s topic is one suggested to us via conversations on twitter, sparked by this fascinating map (found here) of the meanings of the most popular surnames in different European countries.…

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment