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February 28, 2017 Ancestral Threads
Like most genealogists, I have tried to trace and document all of our family lines as far back as I can. Thankfully, I have been able to find other researchers for each line to collaborate with. One family line, the Booths, have been able to be traced back to the original immigrant Thomas Booth of Virginia. Read More....

 

September 27, 2016 So-Called Crimes & Punishment in the 1600s
                                                                                    The Painful Adventures of Martha Mead
My favorite colonial author is Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of the “Scarlet Letter”. I always thought that the punishment for sins/crimes in the 1600-1700’s was being made to wear the letter of your sin on your clothing so all could see your guilt. Hawthorne’s scarlet letters were placed on their garments when in real life the marks were branded directly on the face or hands.     Read More.....

 

   August 25, 2016              Was It Worth It?
That was the question a blogger I follow posted recently regarding canning your own vegetables. I have asked myself this question in my genealogy research many times. Obtaining certified copies of documents can be very expensive. There are many ways to obtain information, but I have always wanted to obtain the most reliable, certified documentation possible and it is never free. ReadMore....

 

      August 8, 2016               Researching Newspapers Using Free Resources

I mourn the loss of small town newspapers! They were the Facebook of their day. They didn’t just publish birth, death, marriage, and anniversary notices. In the small town newspaper where my husband’s paternal grandparents lived there was a section called “Town and Country Notes”. Here they published stories of when residents had family from out of town visit, even if it was just for dinner or even when residents left to visit family in other places. There were articles about the "Home Demonstration" clubs, 4H clubs, the farm community committeemen and even a paragraph about the Sheriff having business in the county seat - I would have thought that was just a part of his job!    Read More....

             July 26, 2016         Three resources to Research Germans From Russia
My husband, Lee’s paternal line of the family were of German heritage but were immigrants from Russia. His grandfather was only 2 months old when they immigrated. One of Lee’s cousins helped to provide a history of his grandfather’s family from the time they immigrated, but my curiosity wanted to know more about their life in Russia. I have found several very helpful websites to research Russia and what their life was like before 1903 and what may have happened to the family that remained in Russia.     Read More....

 

     July 20, 2016        Ellis Island and the American Immigrant Wall of Honor
Most everyone knows about Ellis Island. They know that it was the port in New York harbor where immigrants gained entry into the United States. Over 12 million immigrants entered the US between 1892 and 1954. It is estimated that about 40% of current citizens can trace at least one ancestor to Ellis Island. But there is so much more to know and learn. Read More....


           July 16, 2016                Nature or Nurture -- Family Behavior and Genetics
Families are products not only their ancestors but of their time period, behaviors, location, friendships and much more. In comparison names, dates, and places are easy to trace but behavioral traits can be either genetics or environment and are not usually documented by any kind of documentation other than health records, if available. How many times when speaking about a relative have you heard “Oh, that’s just the [Surname] in them coming out” or “that’s just like the [Surname’s]”? Even though the behavior may be shown by many people all over the world, you know that one particular family acts or reacts in a certain way. Did they learn the behavior by just mirroring a parents’ behavior? Read More....

 

   July 11, 2016        Research Facts or Wishful Thinking!
Part of my life's adventure is making sure that what I knew of my family history was correct. We all have our family folklore, tales passed down from generation to generation. But are they all true or are they like the childhood game of "Gossip" we used to play where something is whispered in one person's ear and is continually passed down from one person to the other and when the last person hears it they say out loud what they had heard. More often than not it was not at all like what the original story was. I learned about discrepancies when I asked one aunt about her grandmother and it did not coincide with what my mother knew. Read More.....

 

 

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