Minecraft EducationEdition FamilyHistory Scavenger Hunt

If you have access to Minecraft's Education Edition, then use NPCs to create a scavenger hunt of your family and ancestors.
Instruction on how to customize NPCs are available on my previous post

  1. Designate the area where they will be found. Use a fence or an island, coloured ground, etc.
  2. Hide NPCs in the designated area. 
  3. Create an item that identifies who they are. If they were born in the Netherlands then a windmill.
  4. Change the appearance of each NPC to look like an ancestor. 
  5. Build a house near the NPC that looks like their house or like one they would have lived in. 
  6. Give them a name [optional] Another part of the game might be for them to guess who this ancestor is based on their clothes, the item with them and/or their house. 
I believe the preparation of this game will be just as much fun as playing it, maybe even more.

Player walks around designated area looking for their relatives portrayed by NPCs.

NPC found
Once the player finds a NPC they record in their notebook [part of the Education version] one or all of the following:
  • What they are wearing or their appearance
  • What item is nearby. 
  • What website the URL took them to, or what they learned from the website listed in their description
  • What type of house do they live in. 
  • What did they do when the player right clicked on the NPC.
  • One or each character could give a clue on where to find their spouse, parent or child.

If the game is on a server, home or Minecraft, then multiple people could play at the same time. It could be a race to see who finds everyone the fastest.
If not on a server, use a timer to see who finds everyone the fastest.

Finished Locating
Once the player has visited each ancestor and recorded the clues, the player goes to a location where they have to report what they found. A jewel or rock could be at each person's location that they need to collect and bring back.

Have each child and parent create a character and each family members find everyone else's characters.

Advanced Game
Have interaction items to answer questions when they get back to the start. Right click's on right answers, and some programming would make the ending a little harder for older players.

If you make this game for your family, I would love to see it.
What options did you do? What were the rules? What did they have to find?
Please take a screenshot [snipping tool] and add below!! I would love to see them.
Or Tweet the pic and include me @liannekruger

My Guest Post on Katherine Schober, SK Translations

This week I am the guest writer on Katherine Schober, SK Translations blog!! I wrote an article on How to Use Social Media in your German Genealogy Research

The link to the article is:

This article shares ways to use different platforms of social media for your genealogical research in Germany. As social media and websites change constantly, I have included the steps you will need to find new items. We will discuss Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube. 
The advantages of using social media for genealogical research in Germany include:
  • Being able to talk to people who live in the area
  • Being able to access current information
  • It’s free!
Please add any stories of how social media helped you in your genealogy research in the comments section.

Picture Source: From Katherine Schober's blog post. 

Ancestry Canadian Military Records

To search Canadian military records on Ancestry.ca
1. Go to [or click on link to the right]:  www.ancestry.ca/search/categories/ca_military
2. Fill in the information you know.
3. Click on Search.
This will search through all the collections on Ancestry.

You can also select just one collection instead of searching through all of them.
I would suggestion searching all of them. You might find an ancestor or relative you didn't know about when searching all collections.

The following are the titles of all the military collections available on Ancestry.ca for Canada.

Included data collections:

RootsTech 2020 SLC

I am very excited to be able to speak again at RootsTech. I am speaking in a computer lab again. This time my title is Store and Share Your Story on Google Drive

RootsTech is amazing. There is so much to see and do. Not a dull moment!

1.    There a wide selection of speakers and topics to choose from each session time 
2.    The Vendor hall is amazing. So many interesting things to see and vendors to talk to. 
3.    In the Vendor hall are also vendor sessions in their area to listen to and learn about their product. 
4.    There are fellow genealogists to meet in person.
5.    There is also your cousins.
Upload your family tree to FamilySearch.org
Download the FamilySearch Family Tree app to your phone or tablet.

While at RootsTech:
 Click on the 3 dots menu at the bottom
 Click on Relatives Around Me
 Message a cousin to meet up!

England Table of Records

One of the helpful documents for a genealogists is a Table of Records. The table contains the  location of different types of records that are available for research in a specific area. Many families live in the same ara. When having to search the an area again in the next generation or two, it is nice to have a well organized are

I have created a Table of Records for England. It is a beginning level of the records available.
The Table of Contents on page 1 is a link to each section.

A PDF copy of the Table of Records is available at:

This is the first record and a sample of what is listed in the file.

DNA Case Study for Father's Paternal Line

I have found a family that I am very closely related to through DNA. I am going to call them the SAD family because I am sad they won't answer. I do not recognize the surname or them at all. I have never met any of them.

I sent an email and a message on Facebook to a family member. I have not heard back and I do not believe I will hear anything for awhile.

How do I know I won't hear back for awhile?
There is a third-fourth cousin on my Ancestry.ca DNA list. I will call her CA.
CA is listed in Ancestry as my 3rd-4th cousin.
Our shared DNA is 104 cM across 6 segments
From another site I can see that she is also related to the same 4 people, the SAD family, who are not answering my emails. CA contacted the same 4 people a few times, a year before I did and has had no response from them either.
We connected because in her searching, she contacted me through Ancestry. I was slow in answering, maker her wait about a year, but I did finally answered, and I am so glad I did.

We have compared surnames but none of them matched. She is looking for her adopted line and so am I. We have found the common factor but they are not ready to welcome us into their family.

What to do next?

  • We are going to meet up because we are related and we don't live too far away from each other.
  • We are also going to wait until this other family will answer our questions. 
  • Wait patiently and hope they are just busy and that is why they are not answering.
  • Hope someone else in their family takes a DNA test that might answer us. 
I was recently on the other side of a DNA test, where a new cousin suddenly appeared. Report on this on another blog post. 

Tanguay Collection, Genealogical Dictionary of Canadian families, 1608-1890

This post explains how to use the Tanguay Collection on Ancestry.ca

This is one of the most important databases you will want to use in your Quebec research found at:

Result page
Enter the information you know in the search page.

Click Search

A result page appears as shown on the right.

This gives you some information but in this database always click on View images. I have listed three reasons why to view the image and how to understand what you are seeing.
  • More information is given.
    View image gives you the whole page that the record appears on.
    Find your family. The whole family is listed chronologically with baptism/christening, marriage and death dates and location for easy entry into your software. The couple's father's names are listed. 
This is one of my families. This is a scanned copy of a photocopy I made from the book in the 1980s. This is how the record appears when you view a record. I have added explanations for each item.
At the top is the marriage date and location.

  • Footnotes
    Beside the wife's name in the above example is (1). This is indicating that there is a footnote at the bottom of the page. They do not appear on the results page. A footnote for Louis Hebert told me he was the first European landowner of Canada. A footnote beside one of Louis' children told me they were the first marriage in Canada. 
  • Missing Records
    I searched for Louis Hebert in the Ancestry search page for this database. Louis died in 1649 Quebec. There were no results.

    I knew he was in the book because I have a hardcopy of his entry. I searched for his son. [A daughter would have worked as well.] When the son's record appeared, I clicked on View image. I scrolled up and found Louis.

    Instead of searching for a child I could have searched using just the surname. Then click on view a record for any of the results given. You will then be able to see that actual page. Review the names on that page. If not on that page use the arrows to go to the previous page or the next page. Arrows are located in the middle of the right and left sides.

    Why didn't he show up? Louis' record is very light. This is a different publishing of the copy I used because Louis and Guillaume are not on the same page in my publication. They might not have been able to recognize this when indexing the record. 
If I didn't know he was there I might have given up. Go to the surname page and look at all the entries for the family. Follow the line back each generation. 

Always view the document.