Fold3.com is digitizing a variety of National Archives and Records Administration and making them available to their subscribers. Ancestry.com sometimes makes indexes available to these records, but the actual images are on the Fold3.com site. As a result of agreements between National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and Fold3.com, users on the physical NARA computer network at any NARA location […]
It’s rare for one newspaper clipping to suggest as many records as this one does. But given all the claims this article makes, validating those claims with other records is advised. The Lincoln Evening Journal of 14 April 1922 (available in digital format on Newspapers.com) contains “news” on Frank Goldenstein (styled “Frand”), indicating that he had recently returned […]
Melinda Sledd (Newman) was born about 1799, probably in Amherst County, Virginia. She married Augusta Newman in Bourbon County, Kentucky, in 1815 and died in Linn County, Iowa, in 1867. Some things I’ve learned about research from Melinda: first names can slightly vary. Melinda is listed in a few documents as Belinda. Since the majority […]
I’ve been asked to speak at the annual Ufkes reunion in Carthage, Illinois, early in July. It can be tempting to simply ramble off lists of dead relatives at presentations like this and convert oneself into a walking talking four-generation genealogy. That’s a temptation best avoid. Genealogies consisting only of vital statistics and lists of […]
Augusta Newman was born in Maryland in the late 1790s and died in White County, Indiana, in 1861. Some things I’ve learned about research from Augusta: the importance of “heirship” deeds. Augusta’s estate settlement in White County, Indiana, does not mention real property at all. There was a series of deeds wherein his widow and […]
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I was in high school and I wanted to join First Families of Ohio. The reason was simple: I wanted to prove something well enough for someone else to believe it, not because I really wanted to join anything. And it was the only lineage society I knew I was eligible for at the time. […]
It exists. I’ve been there. But you can’t search your matches AncestryDNA for individuals born in Tioga, Hancock County, Illinois. Sometimes the error is not with the user, it is with the system. There are probably other missing locations as well, but I only know of ones useful to my own research.
To facilitate my own use of my results on AncestryDNA, I posted my tree which I had not done before. This was done to allow me to more effectively utilize my results. My personal opinion is that on AncestryDNA displays results and connections in such a way that using the online tree is more effective, especially if […]