2.5 Pews in the Local Baptist Church

[Note: these church pews were written about on the old blog, but we’ve updated the post] Estate inventories can provide a wide variety of clues about the deceased. Sometimes they even reference church membership. Upon his death in 1819, Samuel Sargent owned two and a half pews in the “Baptist Meetinghouse.” One pew was in […]

Let My Son Go: He’s Too Small and Weak for the Army and Needs to Emigrate With Friends

There is always a little more to the story. In an earlier post, “Focke Returns to Germany in 1879,” discussion focused on two passenger manifest entries for Focke Goldenstein and his March 1879 naturalization in Galesburg, Knox County, Illinois, around which those naturalizations were sandwiched: 3 November 1873, arrival in New York City on the Weser […]

Brick Wall Busters 2017 Webinar Released

This hour-long presentation (aimed at advanced beginner and intermediate researchers) focuses on research approaches to get you past “brick walls”. We will look at reasons why we have “brick walls” and how we may be making our own “brick walls.” Focus will be on problem-solving, getting past assumptions, realizing what we know versus what we […]

Permission to Leave?

One did not always just leave Europe and head off to America without paperwork, particularly as the 19th century wore on.  In some locations, in some time periods, it was necessary to secure some permission or documentation in order to leave the old country. One simply did not leave home, head to port, get on […]

Don’t Be Afraid to Learn

What was the last thing you learned about research or the area where your ancestors lived? Don’t be afraid to admit there is something that you do not know or that you need help in figuring something out. The worst “brick walls” are those that are of our own construction. This was going to be […]