The search results for Ger* Miller in FamilySearch.org‘s “Illinois, County Naturalization Records, 1800-1998” lists several entries. The ones from Adams County, Illinois, were of particular interest. But the year given is referred to as an immigration year. They are not. While some declarations of intention do provide a year of arrival in the United States, […]
I usually hate the phrase “Yes, but…” because the “but” is often followed by an excuse. However there are times. The image in this illustration shows that “Penn” and “Tenn” could easily be confused by a transcriptionist or indexer. I realize that reading the entire page of entries would probably make it clear how the […]
There’s a school of genealogical thought that essentially says “writing about the genealogy research process is not what matters. It is the finished product that matters.” While the finished product (the compiled genealogy or the analysis and correlation of records to make the case that a conjecture has been established) is important, the research process […]
I can almost see a barefoot Grandma Neill in the backyard of this picture, headed towards the chicken house to gather the eggs. But my favorite part of this image is my Grandpa’s truck sitting in the driveway. The magnified illustration focusing on the house and the truck is only a portion of the picture […]
We’ve released the recorded version of our 2020 “Genealogy Brick Walls from A to Z” webinar. There’s more information on ordering on our announcement page. The coupon code will work through 19 Dec. Individuals who did not receive pre-ordered recordings should contact me at the email address given in their receipt.
The list of burials in the Vicksburg National Cemetery in Vicksburg, Mississippi, testifies to the number of soldiers whose final resting place is in that cemetery. The number of entries marked as “unknown” silently memorialize the large number of remains that were unidentifiable. Not all burials in the Vicksburg National Cemetery have identities that will […]
I was leafing through Voices of Emancipation and got to wondering if any of my forebears who owned slaves are mentioned in a Civil War pension application of one of those former slaves. Regosin and Shaffer discuss several applications where affidavits or statements reference the slaveholding family who held the veteran before the war, particularly […]
Get ready for research in 2021 with our “Brick Walls from A to Z” webinar on 15 December at 1:00 pm central time. More details are on our announcement page.
A few months ago, I actually sat down and made time to actually read one of the books that’s been on my shelf for some time. That caused me to purchase a few new books and pull one that I’ve been meaning to read for some time and put it on my short list. I’m […]