Category Archives: Genealogy Resources

Digital Public Library of America

FREE Public Access to Information! FREE Primary Sources!  I’ve been evangelizing for the free information you can get through public libraries, non-profits, and government sites for years. I even set up my own site, primarysourcesonline, and tried to pull the … Continue reading

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YOU

Your family history research begins with YOU. Before you sign on to Ancestry, even before interviewing your parents and grandparents, you should fill out an individual worksheet for yourself. The information recorded on this sheet forms the foundation for all … Continue reading

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Verify

While you are out there trying to do research on your family genealogy, you need to keep in mind one very important thing. There is a LOT of misinformation out there, especially in this time of the internet where information flows faster … Continue reading

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Verify

While you are out there trying to do research on your family genealogy, you need to keep in mind one very important thing. There is a LOT of misinformation out there, especially in this time of the internet where information flows faster … Continue reading

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Uncle Sam: a genealogists best friend

All family historians benefit from the all the nosy questions Uncle Sam’s Census Bureau asked every ten years, but we aren’t always aware of all the other genealogical goodies he’s giving away. For instance, did you know the National Park … Continue reading

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Gone to Texas

GTT. The initials GTT (“Gone to Texas”) came into use in the first half of the nineteenth century, when Texas had the reputation for producing and harboring outlaws. The letters were often chalked on the doors of houses in the … Continue reading

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Stories

For me it’s all about the stories. Family stories and stories I make up in my head.  Sometimes, for my fiction, I blend the two, part family story, part imagination. That’s my favorite kind of writing. My Mom told me … Continue reading

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Revolutionary War Records

The Daughters of the American Revolution Genealogical Research System (GRS) is a free resource to aid general genealogical research and to assist with the DAR membership process. The GRS is a collection of databases that provide access to the many … Continue reading

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Were your ancestors Quakers?

QUAKER – a member of the Society of Friends, formed in England in 1648. Early restrictions brought them to New Jersey in 1675 and some 230 English Quakers founded Burlington, NJ in 1678. William Penn was granted the territory of … Continue reading

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The Promise of Probate: an Olive Branch

Probate records are full of family stories. While most census and other records give us hints, probate can deliver the whole enchilada and take our research back several generations at once. I found the probate record of my dreams several … Continue reading

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