Katherine Wickiser Makes an Affidavit for Katherine Blaine’s Revolutionary War Pension is offering a free trial (through 15 July 2017) to utilize it’s Revolutionary War materials. I don’t normally run those promotions here because people usually see them elsewhere repeatedly. However there’s one neat thing about the Revolutionary War pensions on They have an every name index that includes not only the veterans and […]


NARA Materials on–What’s Free and What’s Not is digitizing a variety of National Archives and Records Administration and making them available to their subscribers.  sometimes makes indexes available to these records, but the actual images are on the site. As a result of agreements between National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and, users on the physical NARA computer network at any NARA location […]

My Great-grandfather was that Preacher Who Hitched Her

I generally advise anyone with a relative who lived during the era in which Revolutionary War pensions were granted to search those pensions at for that relative. That’s because the pension images there have a full name index and there are more individuals listed in those pensions than just veterans and their widows. Of […]

Manually Browsing a 1908 City of Chicago Directory

Names that get spelled numerous ways create research challenges. Desmarais is one of those names. There are times where it is simply easier to manually search a record instead of performing a seemingly infinite variety of wildcard searches. Manual searches of a long list of variants are somewhat easier when the item being searched is […]