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Why I sent chocolates to Iowa

I've been wanting to start a genealogy blog for awhile, but I couldn't figure out what of value I could contribute. Although I, of course, am very excited to discover that my great-great-grandmother's maiden name was Buzzard, you probably don't want to hear about this discovery in great detail unless you share my Buzzard ancestry.

And I'm new to genealogy in general, so I don't have brilliant tips and tricks and resources to share.

So I've decided that I'll share not my… Continue

Added by Jessica Hammond on July 10, 2009 at 3:32pm — 7 Comments

Fact or Fiction?

One of the problems we face doing genealogical research is getting the facts straight. It's one thing to have names, but it's another thing to gather facts such as date and place of birth, date of death, and other vital information. As you find your ancestors, you may discover that they may have recorded birthdates that vary within a range as large as 10 years. Your ancestors records may also list different states as their birth location. This is typical for early African-American records… Continue

Added by Anitria Langlais on July 10, 2009 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Genealogy Tip When Hanging Photos

This spring I made a new wall arrangement of photographs. I used scanned copies instead of originals and made 2 photos at the same time. I then glued/taped/however the same photo on the back that was on the front. I added names to the one on the back so the names would always be handy. Some I put on the front but the back photo I was able to write right on the person's image so there was no dispute which one was Granny or Auntie!

Added by Brenda K. Wolfgram Moore on July 10, 2009 at 2:38pm — 1 Comment

Smile For The Camera A Reminder


Smile For The Camera 10 July 2009…


Added by footnoteMaven on July 10, 2009 at 2:13pm — 1 Comment

The Tough ONES!

My mothers maiden name is Lenihan so that is one of my lines that I was most interested and most excited about starting. I never in a million years would have thought that it would be the hardest.

The Lenihan's were one of the first lines I started. I asked my mother for all the information that she could remember (which was not a whole lot) and I went from there. She knew her father, his siblings and her grandmother. She told me that this side of the family was not brought up that… Continue

Added by Megan Trew on July 10, 2009 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

My Latest Post at Random Relatives

Stop by for a visit! Here's a link to my latest post.

Added by Diana Ritchie on July 10, 2009 at 1:59pm — No Comments

My Favorite Ancestor

I was recently asked by another genealogy addict..."Out of all your ancestors, who would you want to be like and why?"

As soon as I heard the question, my mind was racing. No, I haven't found anyone incredibly famous along the lines of my family tree that I wish my genes were traced from. But these ancestors that I've found...oh the stories they could tell of their own lives.

There's my 9th great-grandfather, William Hulbert. I can't imagine being a young man of only… Continue

Added by Candy Hulbert Ditkowski on July 10, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

GenealogyWise – Ask & It Shall Be Given?!

Just a mere 6 days ago, Mavis {aka NCChemist} & I had a Tweetersation {yes, I just created my own word!:-} about the virtues of utilizing Facebook for Genealogy purposes.

Although not quite convinced that I wanted my Facebook & Genealogy worlds to meet {being a “Techie”, I live in the land of WWW daily & consider Genealogy “MY” time!}, I have to admit after hearing from Mavis how cool it was to connect with long-lost cousins, I was at least thinking about… Continue

Added by Luckie Daniels on July 10, 2009 at 12:49pm — 4 Comments

Spelling can be misleading...

Several years ago I sent out an S.O.S. on a message board to find information on an ancestor. A man who's first name was spelled Frances. A member of the board who happened to be an English teacher replied to me with a lecture about how I was spelling the man's name wrong. Frances with an "e" is the feminine. Francis with an "i" is the masculine. She told me I needed to change the spelling because I was spelling his name wrong.

What the English teacher did not understand was that… Continue

Added by Jennifer Eklund, PLCGS on July 10, 2009 at 12:39pm — 6 Comments

Chronologically Correct Location Names

File this under "Pet Peeves" if you like, but one of the things that drives me just a little bit nuttier every time I see it is when people use "USA" as a location for ancestors born, married, living or died before there actually was such a political entity.

Now, I realize I could be accused of being a bit nitpicky over this, but every time I see it, one of the voices in my head screams "THERE WAS NO USA IN 1752!!!!" (or whatever date before at least 4 Jul 1776, which is leeway I… Continue

Added by Jeanie DiLeonardo on July 10, 2009 at 12:23pm — 9 Comments

can we upload gedcoms

I am interested in uploading information via gedcoms.
Anyone out there now if that feature is available, and if so, Where is the page to help me accomplish that?
Thanks in advance,
Gloria Kay Vandiver Inman

Added by Gloria Kay Vandiver Inman, M.A., on July 10, 2009 at 11:58am — No Comments

Introducing Myself


I am Gloria Kay Vandiver Inman.

I have high hopes that this new site will become a great asset to all genealogists of every level of expertise.

Even though I have been doing Genealogical research for over 50 years (old as the hills and don't mind admitting it),

I still would love to see even more and more source records out there available to genealolgists and family historians.

Formal Education;… Continue

Added by Gloria Kay Vandiver Inman, M.A., on July 10, 2009 at 11:57am — 2 Comments

Sorry Grandpa That’s Not The Way It Was

Many times I and others have bemoaned the fact that we did not pay more attention to family stories our grandparents told. Nuggets of information went missing that would have saved us hours of tedious research. But then again maybe not.

Grandpa used to love to tell me of his grandfather’s trek from southern England(on foot of course)to Glascow on his way to Upper Canada(Ontario). On the way he met a Scottish lass(his grandmother). A great tale worthy of a dime novel.

Unfortunately, it… Continue

Added by William Bruce Hillman on July 10, 2009 at 11:36am — No Comments

Looking for John Sanders MYHRE , b. 1900 in Norway,, immigrated to America in 1923

John Sander Myhre was b. 30 May 1900 Kongsgaden or Osteraag, Stavanger, Norway, and baptised 22 Jul 1900 St. Petri Kirke, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway, the son of Johan Gustav Myhre and Sandra Bernoldine Gundeson.

He arrived in New York on 21 Aug 1923, and md 5 Apr 1930 in Cook Co, IL to Agnes Weidlich. They had one son, John Edmund Myhre b. 1931, d. 2000 in Spokane WA.

Apparently, Agnes died not long after that, and her husband, Jobn Sanders Myhre, has not been heard of since. I… Continue

Added by Gloria Kay Vandiver Inman, M.A., on July 10, 2009 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Sad Situation in Alabama

Terry Thornton sent us this link to "Deep Fried Kudzu"

"The city of Oxford, Alabama, is destroying a 1500-year-old Indian mound to use it as fill for the building of a Sam's Club". We all love Sam's Club, but are we to believe that this is the only place to get dirt in the whole state of Alabama. When I was stationed at Fort… Continue

Added by Leilani K Cummings on July 10, 2009 at 11:28am — No Comments

The Saturation of Social Network Sites

As I talk to fellow genealogists and others about the launch of GenelogyWise (official launch date is Friday, July 17, 2009), I have come consistently across complaints of too many social network sites existing. I think I have benefited from only having a MySpace and Facebook page and now GenealogyWise. I tried out a genealogy networking site last year, but the site could not keep my interest. Some days the site did not work at all and the content on the site was not enough to keep my interest.… Continue

Added by Jennifer Eklund, PLCGS on July 10, 2009 at 11:12am — No Comments

Danish immigrant OLSEN family living in Nebraska

If anyone is researching Danish Olsens in Nebraska, I would love to discover the parentage of Sophia (Anderson?) Olsen, b. 21 aug 1860 in Denmark, died 09 Oct 1930 Franklin Co. NE, buried Bloomington, Franklin Co, NE, beside her husband,

Christian Olsen. b. Hylstrup, Sorø, Vestsjællands Amt, Denmark, d. 27 feb 1914 Ruskin, Nuckolls Co, Nebraska, buried beside his wife "Sophie".

If anyone has any information on this family, would be ever so grateful and willing to… Continue

Added by Gloria Kay Vandiver Inman, M.A., on July 10, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Ten Reasons For Coming To Canada

Taking a page out of Chris Dunham's blog or book (is there a difference?).

Top Ten Reasons for coming to Canada.

10. British cannon was very persuasive.

9. Escape the noose for sheep steeling, cattle steeling, and what ever wasn’t tied down.

8. With a city named London the weather should be about the same - right!!!

7. The streets were paved with gold or at the very least good oak.

6. Improvement in standard of living. The outhouses here were of top… Continue

Added by William Bruce Hillman on July 10, 2009 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Geneology research, more than just the facts

Geneology research is more than just facts. We know census records show names, age, marital status, number of children, occupation, education and country of orgin. But, did you know that by a little reading between the lines, you can also find the family stories? For instance:

My Great Great Aunt Frances Dillingham, married Galey Johnson in Caldwell County, Kentucky, August 1, 1845. I have their marriage bond. She wrote a message on it in her own hand, which I… Continue

Added by Linda K. on July 10, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Newberry Library in Chicago

I'm really excited that tomorrow I'm going to the Newberry Library in Chicago! I'll be researching church records for my husband's DANKER and DABELSTEIN line. They both attended 1st St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, which no longer exists. The church records are on microfilm, but are only available in 3 locations - Salt Lake City, St. Louis and the Newberry.

Hoping to fill in several blanks for birthdates in my group sheets. Some of those records are from before the Chicago fire… Continue

Added by Shy Genealogist on July 10, 2009 at 10:23am — No Comments

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