Israel Zangwill

When searching for your family members in old newspapers, take the time to capture photos or drawings of other people, just in case their family might like to have the item. I was… Continue reading

The Blind Slave Girl

This morning, Friday, February 17, 2017 as I lay in bed waiting for the sun rays to shine through the window and announce a new day, my thoughts turned to the blind girl… Continue reading

Tramps on the railroad – 1900

If you can’t find information for a relative on the tree, then maybe he or she was a tramp, who was killed and buried in an unknown grave. Here is a story that… Continue reading

1855 – Sexton report – Ann Arbor, Michigan

I found an 1855 newspaper Sexton report that has the names and ages of people who died in 1854.  I created a screen print of the newspaper item and posted it on the… Continue reading

Ludington, Michigan newspaper dates

Watch the dates on newspaper items; some can be very tricky. I was cleaning up some of my old files for my “Family Tree List” and I saw a news clip on a… Continue reading

Why did they have City Directories?

At a talk I was giving, on the use of City Directories in genealogy, I was asked the following question. “Why did they have City Directories and who published them?” My response was… Continue reading

21 Jan 2017 March

Somethings are too important to just post on a one time web page. Those important things must be put into a more permanent platform. This is one of those important moments in history. … Continue reading

Symbols Found on Gravestones (Headstones)

I was on FaceBook and saw a posting with a web site for Headstone symbols. I had seen a similar web site before and thought I would find it and include it on… Continue reading

Genealogy – Re-Blog – Hunt

The blog page “The Ancestor Hunt” has a good list of new Ancestry dot com additions to their collection. These are the categories they added in Dec of 2016. http://www.theancestorhunt.com/blog/ancestry-new-and-updated-collections-december-1-31-2016#.WG_7xLngp9k I thought my… Continue reading

Genealogy – Re-Blog – Hints

Once again someone has written a better blog piece than what I could have given you, so here is Amy Johnson Crow blog piece: http://www.amyjohnsoncrow.com/2017/01/04/truth-ancestrys-hints/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SocialWarfare

Genealogy sites – re-blog

Sometimes another blogger has done the leg work and posted about it on their blog. I can not do a better job than what Amie Bowser Tennant did here: https://mykithnkin.blogspot.com/2017/01/a-genealogy-facebook-frenzy.html#comment-form — [Screen Print… Continue reading

Names in history – Minneapolis City Directory – Part II

In the 1881 City Directory they have a section that lists the people who were in the 1859 City Directory and are still in the area and in the 1881 City Directory. 1881… Continue reading

Names in history – Minneapolis City Directory

When you are reading the history of a place, always be on the lookout for names of people and jot them down with a date and place if possible. Here in an 1881… Continue reading

Find A Grave – Hints

Sometimes  another person has written a good piece that does not need editing. Here is such a page from Find A Grave. The author (Kim and JM Talboo) gives some very good hints… Continue reading

Leonard Beattie – help from group page

FaceBook Groups can be a big help when you come up against a brick wall on your family history or tree. I found a small item in a 1942 newspaper which had very… Continue reading