Hockaday Genealogy Services

Hockaday Genealogy Services


Dear Rebecca Hockaday, of Hockaday Genealogy Services,

First, THANK YOU for offering your genealogy "text books" to a potential fellow BU student......your instinctively generous, sharing and "each one teach one" outreach through Transitional Genealogist Forum is "spot on" on the spirit of all that is best about the diverse and wonderful family of genealogists and family historians.
Second, speaking as a BU grad....Congrats on the incredible journeys you are "embarking" upon,,,Japan and BU,,,WOW
Perhaps, in the midst of those upcoming dual events, you will be able to share some "snipets in time" of your journey (as your time allows)...
Good Luck, Gokouun o inorimasu., ご幸運を祈ります。

Located in Boise, ID. Full service Genealogy company. Family histories, lineage society, reports and presentations. Located in Hiroshima, Japan.

Full-service Genealogy company. Family histories, lineage society, reports, and presentations.

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[05/05/17]   Hockaday Genealogy Services is moving from Boise, Idaho to Hiroshima, Japan from Summer 2017-Summer 2018. I am taking a short break from clients and will resume September 2017. Thanks!


Happy Valentine's Day!

jamestowne.org 02/02/2017

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The Jamestowne Society accepts applicants who demonstrate lineage to one of 5 outlined categories that date to Virginia pre-1700. Your ancestor does not have to be a first settler - that is a misconception. Check it out, it's a great organization! http://www.jamestowne.org/

jamestowne.org Welcome to Jamestowne Society

themayflowersociety.org 01/31/2017

General Society of Mayflower Descendants - The Mayflower Society

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants accepts applicants who can trace their lineage to a passenger on the Mayflower voyage, 1620. Sources estimate a possible 20 million descendants walking around us today. Are you one of them ? :) https://www.themayflowersociety.org/

themayflowersociety.org General Society of Mayflower Descendants Founded 1897 Anyone who arrived in Plymouth as a passenger on the Mayflower is considered a Pilgrim, with no...

dar.org 01/30/2017

Daughters of the American Revolution

This week I will be highlighting five major lineage societies. If you need help with a "sticky" generation, analyze your line, make an argument using only indirect evidence, I can help. The Daughters of the American Revolution is one of the most well-established and highly regarded lineage societies in the world. Of all societies, this comes recommended as one to join! Contact your local chapter for more information on getting an application started: http://www.dar.org/

dar.org The Daughters of the American Revolution is an organization with a deeply rich history while also being truly relevant in today’s world. More than 930,000 women have joined the organization since it was founded close to 125 years ago.


US Presidents in the Census Records

With Presidents on the mind today, I share a fun historical link. Even the Presidents were counted! Find your favorite President and check out their census records: https://www.archives.gov/research/census/presidents

archives.gov [table striped="true" responsive="true"]PresidentDates in OfficeGeorge Washington April 30, 1789-March 4, 1797John Adams March 4, 1797-March 4, 1801

[01/19/17]   Census and population schedules are taken all over the world! There is genealogical information within each. Most countries take a census every 10 years, some countries every 5. For accessibility check the individual WIKI pages through FamilySearch. Type in keywords: (Country) + census + genealogy


Nonpopulation Census Records

There is more to a census than counting a population. Many non-population schedules exist, that contain a wide variety of genealogical information. Varying through the years are agricultural, manufacturing, slave, business, and mortality. Here is a quick overview on how to find these records: https://www.archives.gov/research/census/nonpopulation.

archives.gov Part 1: Introduction Agricultural Schedules Manufacturing Schedules Search Strategy for Agricultural and Manufacturing Schedules Social Statistics Schedules Business Schedules, 1935 History of Business Statistics Collection by the Census Bureau Scope of the 1935 Census of Business

ancestry.com 01/17/2017


It's census week! One of the first documents that family researchers look at to prove a location and relationship are census forms. Ancestry.com has free downloadable census form for the Unites States (1790-1940), UK (1841-1911) and Canada (varying years). These are great to cross reference with the original hard to read forms, and you don't need a subscription for access: https://www.ancestry.com/download/charts

ancestry.com An ancestor chart records the ancestors from whom you directly descend--those for whom you intend to compile a complete and correct family unit. It shows at a glance the progress you have made towards this goal and what remains to be done.

[01/13/17]   If your ancestor changed their name after arrival to be more American, there are a few quick tips to locating their true name on the arrival or departure manifests: What would be the cultural or linguistic equivalent of their new name in the "old country"? What did their new name translate to in their language? Some ancestors just shortened their names - what would be the long version? And lastly - was their alphabet different and how did that affect the way the name could have been phonetically pronounced? Happy searching!

familysearch.org 01/12/2017

Hamburg Passenger Lists Genealogy - FamilySearch Wiki

It's immigration week! Quick tip: If you can not find your ancestor on an incoming manifest think of searching the outbound. If they left from Hamburg there are outgoing manifests in German that can provide clues. They are divided into direct (took that ship all the way) and indirect manifests (changed ships at a stop in Europe or England). Here is a quick rundown of how to locate and use the Hamburg Passenger Lists: https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Hamburg_Passenger_Lists. The lists can also be found an Ancestry.com with a subscription.



Ellis Island opened its doors 125 years ago in 1892

The beginning of 2017 marked the 125 anniversary of Ellis Island. Over 12 million people representing countless countries passed through between 1892 and 1954 (with the exception of a fire in 1897 that closed the center down for a short time). Around 1/2 of all Americans can trace at least one ancestor that passed through here or it's predecessor - Castle Garden. This article has many wonderful pictures of immigrants at Ellis Island. Can you picture your ancestors through their eyes? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4080452/Ellis-Island-opened-125-years-ago.html

On January 1, 1892 Ellis Island opened its doors to those looking to achieve the 'American dream'. Haunting photos show the faces of some of the 12 million immigrants to America.

italiangen.org 01/10/2017

Italian Genealogical Group (IGG)

Keeping on the immigration theme for the week..another fantastic free website is http://www.italiangen.org/. They are a great source for indexed NYC and upper NJ records, especially for naturalization indexes of late 19th and early 20th C. Don't let the Italian name fool you, I have used them to successfully track down records of my late 19th century Jewish family.



One-Step Webpages by Stephen P. Morse

One of my favorite go-to websites for difficult immigration and census look ups is http://stevemorse.org/. It is a great one step website for those hard to find ancestors, especially 19th and early 20th immigrants with names that are phonetically challenging and frequently misspelled. I have used the site many times and highly recommend it!

stevemorse.org Stephen P. Morse's One-Step tools for finding immigration records, census records, vital records, and for dealing with calendars, maps, foreign alphabets, and numerous other applications.


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dsdi1776.com 07/01/2016

The Society of the Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence | Untitled

What does the July 4th weekend mean to you? If you are a direct descendant of a Declaration of Independence Signer there is a society waiting for you to join: http://www.dsdi1776.com/

dsdi1776.com Untitled on The Society of the Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence


Southern Campaigns Revolutionary War Pension Applications & Rosters

Do you have a Revolutionary War ancestor that applied for a pension from a Southern Campaign? This is my favorite free site. A lot of the originals can be accessed on fold3 dot com or ordered through the National Archives. http://revwarapps.org/

revwarapps.org Transcriptions are provided for pension applications filed by Revolutionary War soldiers serving in the Southern Campaigns. Rosters are also included, as available. All site documents are indexed and simultaneously searchable.

preservethepensions.org 06/27/2016

Preserve the Pensions - War of 1812 Pension Digitization Project

Preserve the Pensions is an ongoing digitization project for War of 1812 pensions. Once digitized the file remains free to download on fold3.com. The project has scanned over 4,000,000 images and has much more to go. Honor your ancestor by donating to this cause and joining General Society War 1812 or United States Daughters of 1812.



Did your ancestors go west? Which trail were they on and what territory did they settle in? Where did they come from? Honor your ancestor's journey and the extreme difficulties they faced. You wouldn't be here without them!

piratesprivateers.org 06/23/2016

Pirates and Privateers - Home

Ahoy matey! Any pirates (or privateers) in your family tree? There is an organization for that! One man's pirate is another privateer, depending on the government or agency hiring them. Without an official Navy, privateers were used as a force against the British warships in the American Revolution. Honor your pirate!

piratesprivateers.org The Order of Descendants of Pirates and Privateers is a hereditary organization created to honor the memory and deeds of pirate and privateer ancestors.



Looking for a vital record? The CDC puts out a state and territories guide on cost, record availably and how to order. Every state is listed along with Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Mariana Islands and Panama Canal Zone.


dna.ancestry.com 06/13/2016

Ethnicity Results

Have you done an autosomal DNA test? Do you have the proof to back up your numbers?
European Jewish, Europe West, Scandinavia, Italy/Greece, Ireland, Great Britain, Iberian Peninsula, Finland/Northwest Russia, Asia South and Middle East are mine :)

dna.ancestry.com AncestryDNA helps people discover their unique heritage.


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Idaho State Archives | Idaho Historical Society

Do you have an early Idaho Territory or State ancestor? The Idaho State Archives has a wonderful depth of records. Many records are not indexed or digitized. http://history.idaho.gov/idaho-state-archives

history.idaho.gov The Idaho State Archives (ISA) and Research Center provides public access to records of fiscal, administrative, legal, vital and long-term research value to the citizens and government of Idaho. ISA preserves a large and unique collection of materials that relate to the history of Idaho and the Pac...


Pilgrim Ship Lists By Date

When did your early American ancestor arrive? Here is a transcripted list of passengers and ships from England and Holland 1602-1638. http://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm

packrat-pro.com Listing of immigrants ships from England to the Colonies in the 1600's


She hath done what she could: The reminiscences of Hettie Lee Ewing

Did your ancestor write or was interviewed for a memoir in his or her words? It is always so much fun to find a first person account of an ancestor's history. One of mine is an out of print account of my great grandmother's sister - Hettie Lee Ewing - and growing up in 1900 rural Texas.

amazon.com She hath done what she could: The reminiscences of Hettie Lee Ewing

slate.com 06/07/2016

Why Do So Many Americans Think They Have Cherokee Blood?

One of the most common legacies family researchers struggle with is possible American Indian ancestry. There are ways to determine how and if a person is truly of Native American descent or if it is a family myth. This is especially true of families with deep Southern roots. Do you have American Indian roots? Do you have proof?

slate.com “I cannot say when I first heard of my Indian blood, but as a boy I heard it spoken of in a general way,” Charles Phelps, a resident of Winston-Salem i ...

hockadaygenealogy.com 06/03/2016

Hockaday Genealogy Services - Home

I changed the website up a little bit. More streamlined, clean and a bit more professional. Hope you like it! http://www.hockadaygenealogy.com/

hockadaygenealogy.com This is the personal home page of Rebecca Hockaday from Boise, .

americanancestors.org 06/02/2016


Hockaday Genealogy Services is a new member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and I have full access to their online database, records, catalog and collections. For the month of June, all New York databases are free to the public!

americanancestors.org AmericanAncestors.org is the New England Historic Genealogical Society's portal to America, providing a wealth of resources for family history research. We provide expertise and research in nearly all aspects of genealogy, from seventeenth-century colonial New England through twentieth-first-cen...


Soldiers in King Philip's war. Containing lists of the soldiers of Massachusetts Colony, who...

King Philip's War 1675-1677. A lesser remebered war, but nonetheless historically significant. Did you ancestor participate? Militia rolls and payroll records exist!

archive.org Edition of 100 copies only. This copy number 28. Signed: Geo. M. Bodge

valleyforgemusterroll.org 05/31/2016

Valley Forge Legacy

Was your ancestor part of Washington's Army at Valley Forge? Don't know? Check out the Valley Forge Muster Roll project and see! http://valleyforgemusterroll.org/

valleyforgemusterroll.org The Valley Forge Muster Roll, a project of The Friends of Valley Forge Park, is dedicated to the memory of those who were at winter quarters from December 19, 1777 to June 19, 1778. The Continental Army used monthly muster rolls to track the army’s strength. Each roll contains names, ranks, dates of...

dar.org 05/27/2016

Daughters of the American Revolution

Memorial Day is for remembrance. Honor your ancestor by joining one of the many societies that recognizes service. The Daughters of the American Revolution is the largest lineage society operating in the United States and overseas. http://www.dar.org/

dar.org The Daughters of the American Revolution is an organization with a deeply rich history while also being truly relevant in today’s world. More than 930,000 women have joined the organization since it was founded close to 125 years ago.





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