I've been looking into certain aspects of my family history and I'd like to learn more about one particular person, who I'm told left Poland in about 1941, after members of his family were sent to Theresienstadt, and went on to serve in the British army as a cryptographer. [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on
on Mar 1, 2014 -
I started blogging family history recently and have been having fun with it, but now I'm at a crossroads. Should I break out of the chronology and start posting content out of order? [more inside]
posted by christopherious
on Dec 18, 2013 -
My Dad died in early December, and I've unearthed a nasty secret while cleaning up/out his house. What do I do about this? Importantly, do I tell my Mom, who is also elderly and quite sick? (mom is in a nursing home and has been essentially quadriplegic for about 20 years). There's no real 'right answer' but I'd like people's responses.
Details below the cut. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 6, 2013 -
I'm looking for examples of good blogs or other websites devoted to family history and stories. What sites do you guys like? [more inside]
posted by christopherious
on Oct 27, 2012 -
My (beloved) mother-in-law died after a year with lung cancer and we will be having a big memorial for her this weekend. What can we do to capture stories and memories from her family and friends? [more inside]
posted by Alison
on Jul 31, 2012 -
What are the best resources and online communities focused around WWII veteran research? [more inside]
posted by aheckler
on Feb 27, 2012 -
I have a health condition that may end my life prematurely. I am an "older" parent of an only child who is currently 8 years old. It's important to me that I leave a record of who I was. Can you help me with strategies to help me "index and annotate" myself for her, so that when she is older she could have an idea of her father as an adult beyond just the Daddy that I am to her now? [more inside]
posted by nickjadlowe
on Dec 13, 2011 -
At the end of December, my wife is due to give birth to our first child.
At the end of November I would like to record a series of interviews between me and my wife in order to capture a snapshot of our lives before we fall off the cliff into parenthood. I want to be able to look back at the video in a few decades time and for the answers we gave to transport us back to who we were, how we thought, and how we lived before we had children. What were our fears, hopes, dreams?
What questions should we ask each other to reveal the kind of responses I'm hoping for? [more inside]
posted by chill
on Oct 20, 2011 -
Genealogy question: I have a lot of information on my (maternal) ancestors going back about 250 years. It's a huge long list of names, dates, places, and relationships, emailed to me years ago by my mother's cousin. The difficulty I'm having is that the information is organized in a linear fashion, and I'd love to see it in a family-tree type of format so I can better understand (visually) how these people are connected to me. I'm looking for software (free if available) that will allow me to plug in names, dates, and relationships, and will display it in a tree format. Can you recommend a website or service that would allow me to do this? [more inside]
posted by JenMarie
on Aug 22, 2011 -
My mother-in-law just got a serious cancer diagnosis and will likely have less time with us than we thought. How can I make sure that my daughter knows her even if she isn't around? [more inside]
posted by Alison
on Jun 16, 2011 -
I've been doing some research into my family history, and recently learned that my great grandfather was stationed in the Philippines during World War I. Can you help me figure out what he was doing there? [more inside]
posted by That's Numberwang!
on Apr 8, 2011 -
I'm looking for tips and best practices for scanning the contents of my grandmother's scrapbook. [more inside]
posted by rtha
on Sep 26, 2009 -
Today I had a reason to be looking up a family document, and once again I became fascinated looking at the old family certificates and documents I have in my files. [more inside]
posted by zadcat
on Aug 22, 2008 -
I just got a video camera, and the first project I would like to do is a family history. I'm going to see my parents this weekend (76 and 80 y.o.). What are some creative and interesting questions to ask to get them started talking? [more inside]
posted by extrabox
on Apr 23, 2008 -
My dad died of colon cancer at a rather young age. I have always been nervous about it myself, and i am 20.
I have never had blood in my feces, or anything unusual to that effect. What steps should I take right now to check for anything unusual?
posted by Keyser Soze
on Aug 6, 2004 -