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Weekly Tip: The Research Wiki: An Important New Tool To Guide Your Research

By Jimmy B. Parker Wikis are exciting tools to provide information. The concept behind them is that “we are smarter than me.” In other words, no one person can know everything about any subject. There is always someone who knows additional details about any subject that can be named. If we could combine our accumulated knowledge and make it available to others, we would all be better for it. Certainly, that is true in the field of family history. With 50 states and over 3,000 counties... Read More →


DAR Are you eligible to join the DAR, the Daughters of the American Revolution? If you are at least 18 and can prove lineal, blood line descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence then you are eligible for membership. Admission to membership is by invitation through a Chapter in your State organization; the Chapter has a Registrar who will help you with your papers for you must provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage and death. (The “sticky wicket”... Read More →

Locations of Children’s Graves

Children, especially infants, are usually buried at the feet of grandparents or a deceased parent—father or mother.  These burials, while they may not be ancestral, can be essential in identifying the maiden surname of the mother.  Or the names of ancestors in the next generation. The cemetery transcriptions made by members of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and their local chapters often omitted children who died under age 12, because they do not have... Read More →