Category Archives: Genealogy & Family History

Genealogical stories and encounters

X Marks the Spot!

Do you like hunting for treasure? If you have ever followed a treasure map then you know that X marks the spot where the treasure lies. For me, doing genealogy is like hunting for treasure; finding that elusive ancestor after … Continue reading

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W is for Wiki

The ultimate form of collaboration, sharing, and knowledge is the genealogy wiki. FamilySearch’s wiki is found here.  (“Get research advice, or learn where to find record collections in our 77,242 articles.”) I recommend reading the About page first. Another worthwhile section to … Continue reading

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V is for Vital Records

Vital Records are the genealogist’s bread and butter. These consist of Birth, Marriage and Death records. They are (usually) accurate and authoritative, and each state or locality (usually) has mandated the recording of these events. If you read my ‘M’ … Continue reading

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U is for Under-utilized

These records are not high on the list of sources for genealogical information, but can yield important clues to further your efforts. City Directories- a good indicator of mobility–when did they arrive in or depart from a city? Court Records: … Continue reading

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T is for Timeline

Plotting your ancestors on a timeline can be a helpful exercise for several reasons. If you don’t know much about them, seeing them in their historical context gives you a general idea of what life might have been like for … Continue reading

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S is for Story

“Moments are history. If you have enough of them, they become a story.”  ― Adriana Trigiani, The Shoemaker’s Wife By now I hope you can see that it is the stories behind the names and dates that make your family … Continue reading

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R is for Relatives

Relatives are a great source for family information! Talk to everyone in your family, especially the oldest members. Glean all you can from their memories before they move on and you lose access to this valuable resource. Here are some … Continue reading

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Q is for Queries

Queries appear on Message Boards of various genealogical sites and are questions people pose in hopes that someone seeing it will have the answers they seek. Something like the Personals Column of a newspaper (“Seeking a fun-loving traveling companion who … Continue reading

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P is for Photos

What an exciting plus for the genealogist or family historian to come upon photographs of ancestors! A story recently published in the Charlotte Observer displayed this iconic 1908 photo by Lewis Hine and told the story behind the discovery of her … Continue reading

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O is for Obituary

Family Search has declared 2014 the Year of the Obituary! Follow the link for videos, blog posts and other useful information on getting the most from obituaries. [This is also a plug asking for volunteers to do indexing on these obituaries … Continue reading

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