I understand why people want to trace their lineage as far back as they can as quickly as they can. Skipping back as quickly as one can may hinder the development of adequate research skills. On the one hand most of my maternal ancestors were relatively easy to trace in the United States. They were […]
She was born Anna Lisa Eriksdotter in Ostergotland, Sweden, in 1829. I was fairly certain she had died in Sweden as well, but I really was not entirely certain. Some of her children immigrated to the United States and some remained in Sweden, so it was always possible that she had immigrated. To be honest, […]
It is easy to see how the the last entry on this census page was transcribed in Ancestry.com‘s “Colorado State Census, 1885” as N. L. Albers instead of U.L. Albers. Initial upper case letters in first names can be difficult enough to transcribe sometimes when the rest of the name is there to provide a context. […]
On 19 June 1891, the Illinois General Assembly gave women in Illinois the right to vote–in school elections. The 1891 act was specific in stating that women could only vote in school elections. But it was a start and does mean that women could vote in at least some elections in Illinois before the 19th […]
All of us have gaps in our knowledge, it’s a matter of realizing and admitting that we have gaps in our knowledge that can be the problem. Being willing to deal with those gaps in a constructive way helps as well. One way to discover those gaps is to read somewhat random things…and to think while […]
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Records of those involved in World War I include women and well as men, even though women did not serve in combat. Ancestry.com‘s “U.S., American Red Cross Nurse Files, 1916-1959” contains employment records of Red Cross nurses who served during the World War I and World War II eras. Nursing was one of the main ways […]
“U.S., Army Transport Service, Passenger Lists, 1910-1939” has been on Ancestry.com for a while, but after seeing some fellow researchers post images I decided to revisit the database. Some of the lists contain the name of the person that is to be notified in an emergency along with an address. Other lists contain the name of […]
One can never be certain what’s “really new” on Ancestry.com, what’s “new,” and what’s “recycled.” Sometimes for me it simply is a case of “I don’t remember seeing it before.” The database, “U.S. Phone and Address Directories, 1993-2002,” falls into that last category. Ancestry.com‘s “source” for this database is as follows: Ancestry.com. U.S. Phone and Address […]