Month: March 2017

Taking the DNA Plunge in Hopes of an Irish Discovery

After years of hemming and hawing, I’ve finally decided to have the DNA work done at The combination of a St. Patrick’s Day Sale and my desire to know something a little more about my Irish family made me finally take the plunge. While there’s always the chance that new relatives will “pop up,” […]


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 […]

Standardizing What We Should Be Transcribing: Born in the State or Country of Tioga

  Records with clear errors present challenges to transcribers. Actually they only present transcription challenges when the handwriting is difficult to read. Transcribers are supposed to transcribe records as they appear, not as they wish they would appear and not as they are “supposed” to appear. The directive is fairly clear. When the handwriting is […]

White Trash: A History of Class in America

The genealogist who fails to understand social history does themselves and their ancestors a grave injustice.  It is in an attempt to broaden my understanding of social history that I decided to purchase the somewhat provocatively titled, White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America after seeing it mentioned on Elizabeth Shown Mills’ Evidence Explained […]