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William Godfrey "Fishing Bill" Barrett(1827-1924)

The following is a biography on my great great grandfather, William Godfrey "Fishing Bill" Barrett, put together from long going research done by two of my cousins and myself. Enjoy!

William Godfrey "Fishing Bill" Barrett

Here is a man that has reached something of a legendary status,at least within the genealogical circles of his descendants. Throughout the years virtually nothing was known of the man other than the few mentions of him from census…


Added by Thomas Barrett on February 5, 2020 at 8:04am — 1 Comment

A Genealogy Story - Perfect Audio Recording

Mary Agnes Frecker (Flood) on the right, 1928-1968, died of bronchiectasis (a lung problem caused by a childhood illness). Pictured above is my little brother, Danny in 1960, with Anna McManus Flood and Mary Flood Frecker (mother on right).

I’ve been…


Added by John Meng-Frecker on January 10, 2020 at 4:51am — No Comments

Periodicals & Journals for the Mayflower Researcher

Genealogical Publications 

Genealogical publications can be extremely helpful in your family history research. Genealogical and historical journals provide us with the latest research on a particular family as well as providing corrections of long-ago errors. Journal articles also teach us proper methodology in compiling a genealogy, documenting our research, and citing our sources.



Added by Angela Rodesky on November 20, 2019 at 8:00am — No Comments

Town Histories for Researching Mayflower Descendants

Town and County Histories

Town and county histories often contain a great deal of genealogical data on its pioneers and early residents. As with family genealogies, search an online library catalog or digitized book website to see if a history has been written about the town where your ancestors resided.


As you peruse…


Added by Angela Rodesky on November 14, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments

Alternatives to Vital Records

Alright, down to the final modules before I take the exam. The last two modules covered birth records and other documents that a researcher could use in the place of vital records. Which, if you have ancestors particularly in southern states, you need all the alternative ideas on finding records you can find.…


Added by Angela Rodesky on November 11, 2019 at 8:00am — No Comments

A Vital Record is a Vital Record

We are off with a bang in the US: Vital Records, Understanding and Using The Records course! Module 1 jumps right into what is a vital record and how to find them. Contrary to what I thought from reading the introduction to the course, it appears that there are a whole slew of vital records, and not just birth and death. Good to know!…


Added by Angela Rodesky on November 9, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments

The Bowman Files

What are the Bowman Files?

Carrying Mayflower genealogies well into the seventh generation and beyond, are the transcriptions of the research of George Ernest Bowman, known as the Bowman Files, in the form of three volumes of multi-family works by Susan E. Roser, Mayflower Marriages and Mayflower Births & Deaths (2 vols.). Since these books contain many lines of all Mayflower passengers who left known descendants (with the exception…


Added by Angela Rodesky on November 8, 2019 at 9:00am — No Comments

Looking for Some Help

My grandfather's older brother, Johan August Larsson (27 Dec 1855 - 14 Jul 1929) was the first of his family to emigrate/travel to America.  The emigration-church record shows his departure on 14 Jul 1887 from Gudhem, Skaraborg; his wife and first (2) children came with him but returned to Sweden within a short time (they are listed in 1890 Swedish census).  Johan August also returned around 1895, there was another child born in Jan 1899 and family is listed in the 1900…


Added by Milt Larson on November 7, 2019 at 8:36am — No Comments

Finishing Up English Occupations

Well, I just finished English: Occupations-Professions and Trades and took the final. Wow, that was all around awesome, but definitely not for the faint of heart. I think I need a couple days to recover so it is a good thing that I have a few days before the next one starts!

Anvil by Jeff Ratcliff.…


Added by Angela Rodesky on November 7, 2019 at 8:00am — No Comments

Recording Your Information

Recording your information

The Pedigree Chart (or Ancestral Chart) will record your direct line ancestors’ information. In other words, you will record the dates and locations of births, marriages, deaths and burials from one father and mother to the next father and mother. While the potential is there for an endless number of ancestors, most of us in the beginning only have knowledge of two or three generations.



Added by Angela Rodesky on November 6, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments

Time for US Vital Records

Vital records are the bread and butter, go-to source, for many genealogists. The volumes of information you can glean from their pages are treasure troves. Yes, many of my brick walls have tumbled once I laid my hands on those pieces of paper, but I never actually stopped to really study what they are. Have you?

In the US: Vital Records, Understanding and Using The Records…


Added by Angela Rodesky on November 5, 2019 at 8:30am — No Comments

Post-Mortem Photography

Photographing the Recently Deceased

Post-mortem photography, photographing the recently deceased, may seem like a rather macabre Victorian era practice. Post-mortem photographs were still being made, though less frequently, during the early years of the 20th century up through the present day.

Photography: Clues Pictures Hold, Editing, Digitizing…


Added by Angela Rodesky on November 4, 2019 at 8:30am — No Comments

The Professions

Modules 4-8 of English: Occupations–Professions and Trades covers a wide variety of different occupations, laws and rules associated with them, plus lots of little bits of information that I think I digested. Once again, I stuffed information in my head and hoped that the sponge took it all in. In the future I see using this course as a great reference book when I track down English…


Added by Angela Rodesky on November 3, 2019 at 8:00am — No Comments

Mayflower Family Genealogies

Your Mayflower Find

There is no better feeling than to open up a compiled family genealogy and actually FIND the ancestor for whom you have hit a brick wall. There he is—his parents, his grandparents, all the dates and places, right there waiting for you. Perhaps the book even contains his line all the way back to a Mayflower passenger —how ecstatic are you? How quickly do you enter all of this information into your genealogy program and gleefully shout to the…


Added by Angela Rodesky on November 2, 2019 at 9:00am — No Comments

Continuing My Journey Through German Records

I chose Locating Places in Germany  as my second German course from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies  and I am happy I did. This course is packed with information to help you track down where in Germany your ancestor came from and how to locate the records for that location.…


Added by Angela Rodesky on November 1, 2019 at 9:00am — No Comments

An Apprentice in the Family

In English: Occupations - Professions and Trades, Module 2  we jumped right in and learned quite a bit about the apprentice system in England. Wow, that was a lot of interesting, new, and eye opening information for me. I think I will continue to process it for a while.

Library With Books by Serge…


Added by Angela Rodesky on October 31, 2019 at 8:30am — No Comments

Clues in Photographs: Men’s Clothing

Men’s Clothing, 1900-1950 

What trends existed in men’s clothing during the 20th century? Knowing what clothing was popular in which decade can help you pinpoint when that family photograph was taken and who possibly is pictured. Some trends by the decade include:  

Photography: Clues Pictures…


Added by Angela Rodesky on October 30, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments

Finishing Up: The US Census Course

What a wonderful course!  Really, once again I am surprised by exactly how much I didn’t know about a simple, basic topic. The U.S. Federal Census is a staple for researchers in the states, but it is also complicated and at times detailed. Unless the family history researcher takes the time to dig deeper it will never give up all of its secrets to them. I would almost say it could be…


Added by Angela Rodesky on October 29, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments

Family History Research

Before you start your family history research

What can be better than researching your family history?! While it is a fulfilling pursuit it is also a lot of work. You should expect to run into some problems along the way. It’s important though, that you not create your own frustrations by making mistakes in the initial stages of your research.

A couple of don’ts

  • Don’t make any…

Added by Angela Rodesky on October 28, 2019 at 8:30am — No Comments

Introduction to German Research for North Americans

So why would a native German take the German Records courses offered at the National Institute for Genealogical Studies? Most of the research I have done in the past 23 years has been in American records not German. I mistakenly thought that German family history research was pretty much impossible for those living in the United States. Although I was born in Germany, I came to…


Added by Angela Rodesky on October 27, 2019 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

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