Category Archives: Good Old Days

Reminiscing, memories, family stories

Y is for YOU!

You are a product of your ancestry. Your DNA, your ethnic background, maybe even your talents, quirks and proclivities can be traced back to who came before you. Start with yourself. Write your personal history. Keep a journal. The more … 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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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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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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M is for Marriage Records

Marriage records are a great source of genealogical data. In my experience, church records tend to have less information that those kept by the town or state, but were occasionally kept by family groups if the family were long-time residents … Continue reading

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10 Thankful Things

I’m thankful this week for all the wonderful things I’ve learned from fellow bloggers! 1. The meaning of many British colloquialisms that have addled my brain for some time, from Tizzy over at Creative Therapy. like Treacle, and Tippex and Stroppy… … Continue reading

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H is for Heirlooms

  Stories are the roots of our history. Or to use another metaphor, the stories of our ancestors are the meat on the bones of the genealogical skeleton. It is the stories that bring our family to life and help … Continue reading

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G is for Graveyard

  I love graveyards! The older the better. They are so…peaceful. So full of stories. A trip to your ancestor’s grave may not be feasible, but there is an ever-growing number of cemeteries and gravestones that have been documented and … Continue reading

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