Postings & Musings!
28, 2017 Ancestral Threads
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.
27, 2016 So-Called Crimes & Punishment
in the 1600s–
Painful Adventures of Martha Mead
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
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
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!
July 26, 2016 Three
resources to Research Germans From Russia
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
Island and the
American Immigrant Wall
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
16, 2016 Nature
or Nurture -- Family Behavior and
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
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