Month: January 2020

Thoughts on Another Spelling

As mentioned on Genealogy Tip of the Day, I recently discovered another variant spelling for my ancestor Franciska Bieger’s name: Francis KaBücher. That discovery reminded me of several things beyond just being aware that there can always be an additional spelling variant. The spelling came from the 1895 marriage in Hancock County, Illinois, of Franciska’s […]


Genealogical Misconceptions

This originally appeared in the Ancestry Daily News on 2/29/2000 This is a semi-serious look at some misconceptions that genealogists (and non-genealogists) have about family history. 1) We all have a famous ancestor, somewhere. I have found the names of over three hundred of my ancestors and have yet to have any of them qualify as […]