Probate Records – Genealogy Tips – The Dead Do Talk

If there are any genealogy records that most people don’t try to find, transcribe and understand as they should, it is probate records. There are few that are online, though FamilySearch does have some they just aren’t indexed, and going to a courthouse and wading through records can seem intimidating. But if there is one … Continue reading Probate Records – Genealogy Tips – The Dead Do Talk

Using Land Records and Maps – Genealogy Tips – Location, Location, Location

One good way to separate your John Smith from other John Smiths is to locate him in a specific location.  Coupled with age and spouse, it can really help to separate out people with the same name.  Let’s assume you’ve discovered all of your ancestors up through your great-grandparents. You’ve identified all the children, maiden … Continue reading Using Land Records and Maps – Genealogy Tips – Location, Location, Location

Census Records – Genealogy Tips – Getting the Most from Censuses

As I mentioned in the previous genealogy post, once you’ve finished entering what you know and what you acquire from your interviews, the records to start with are census records. Even if you obtained birth, death and marriage dates from an interview or a family Bible, it doesn’t hurt to search for the family in … Continue reading Census Records – Genealogy Tips – Getting the Most from Censuses

Start with What Your Know – Genealogy Tips – Build out the Foundation of Your Tree

You now know where you want to go on your first stop up your family tree and you’ve given some thought to a filing system that will work for you. It is now time to start fleshing out that family tree that is hidden just around the corner. You just have to get started. Most … Continue reading Start with What Your Know – Genealogy Tips – Build out the Foundation of Your Tree

Too Many Files – Genealogy Tips – Slay the Dragon with Organization

I know of no better way to find yourself eyeball deep in information than to get busy collecting lots of stuff about possible ancestors. When I started many years ago, the majority of what you collected was either loose paper or entries in a notebook when you went to the library or on a walkabout … Continue reading Too Many Files – Genealogy Tips – Slay the Dragon with Organization

Intro to Getting Started – Genealogy Tips – Plan, Organize, Interview

I'm going to start this new series on genealogy at the very beginning.  Some who follow me may think this is way too basic.  Stay with me.  You might find a point or two that will help you with what you've accumulated and what you still haven't found, or lost in the piles of material … Continue reading Intro to Getting Started – Genealogy Tips – Plan, Organize, Interview

Some Upper Yellow River Area Women Through History – A Video

Bonus April posting - The original rendition of this video was created for my Mom's 90th birthday party.  I've added a number of women to the video to create a video celebrating Mother's Day.  The song is Mother's Patience by RimskyMusic.  If you have a documented photo of any of the women who are included without … Continue reading Some Upper Yellow River Area Women Through History – A Video

Lois Brett Marsh Sims: Hard and Soft in a Tiny Package

Finishing up my posts on Women in the Florida panhandle for Women's History Month, I would like to introduce you to my paternal grandmother.  My Florida panhandle ancestors go back to around 1820, but that is on my Mom’s side of the family. My Dad’s Florida lines began moving into Florida around 1848 and that … Continue reading Lois Brett Marsh Sims: Hard and Soft in a Tiny Package