Category Archives: History

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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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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Old Bailey of London, 1674 – 1913

Every family historian loves finding the black sheep of the family, as long as he lived far enough back, that is!  If any of your ancestors came from England, The Proceedings of the Old Bailey is a great place to … Continue reading

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Newspapers

Don’t you love to read old newspapers? I do! Those who know me well might say I’ve made a career out of old newspapers. My book, Fulton, Missouri 1820-1920 is filled with transcribed newspaper articles illustrated by photographs from the … Continue reading

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John Henry Paul

The life of John Henry Paul reminds me of a song they used to sing on the TV show Hee-Haw: “If it weren’t for bad luck, he’d have no luck at all. . “ John Henry was born October 23, … Continue reading

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Census Records

Every ten years since 1790, the United States Government has tried to count every person in every city, town, village and farm.  Census records are the framework of genealogy research in this country and should be the first place you … Continue reading

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