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The Bulletproof George Washington

The stories of colonial American are inspiring and often incredible. Just like the stories from our own family’s history, they are well worth preserving and passing on. When lost over time, the loss is great. For many years, early American school children were required to commit to memory one such story about George Washington. The Bulletproof George Washington George Washington’s part in the battle of Monongahela, July 9th, 1755, during the French and Indian War was one of the most significant... Read More →

Ruth Ellen Maness

With Sadness, I Bid Farewell to My Dear Friend, Ruth Ellen Maness

It is my privilege and honor to call Ruth a friend. She has been my friend for many years. I have watched her befriend and mentor so many others as well. I can’t remember when we first met, but I’m sure it was at the Family History Library, where she spent so many hours, weeks, months, and years. Even after retirement she continued to volunteer there, to help patrons with their research questions. Ruth was a huge support for and encouragement to us as we contemplated holding that first Expo... Read More →

Arlene H. Eakle, Ph.D.

Why is Genealogy Research in Kentucky such a Challenge?

By Arlene H. Eakle, Ph.D. Kentucky is a difficult place to trace a family tree–this state is the daughter of Virginia and thus you would think the genealogy sources are endless. There is less record loss than Virginia has suffered. The Colonial period when first settlement occurred was shorter and probably less traumatic, even though Indian massacres and military raids were also fewer in number than expected. So why is genealogy research in Kentucky such a challenge? One reason, in my opinion,... Read More →

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Those Who Ignore History are Bound to Repeat It (including genealogists)

By James L. Tanner The actual quote, which I have used before in posts, is “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” See George Santayana 16 December 1863 in Madrid, Spain. Here is the entire quote: Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot... Read More →

Happy Mothers Day

Happy Mother’s Day with Dutch Apple Cake

My mother-in-law, Betty, gave me a wonderful gift one year. It was an old ledger with dates beginning in 1877. It is filled with details on lost animals and damages they had caused. It lists responsible party names and fines paid. All great genealogical evidence of days gone by. In the back pages, that were never used for recordkeeping, is my favorite part—old-time recipes! Handwritten, spattered and stained from kitchen use. The book is worn and well used. I’d like to share one of my favorite... Read More →

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Ready, Set, G.O. (Get Organized)

Organization is truly a key to success, especially in family history work. It can help you avoid getting lost in mounds of paperwork, doing the same research over and over again, or missing something that’s hiding right under your nose. Even if you already have a beautifully organized family history, you still need a place to keep the worksheets, notes, and stories that you have collected over the years. With the advent of the internet, your organization problems have most likely compounded. There... Read More →

Lorraine I. Quillon

When Your World Crumbles

By Lorraine I. Quillon Many of my friends will be saddened to learn that I recently went through a divorce. It was a very painful experience and caused me an immense amount of shame and embarrassment. However, with time, I hope to be able to get over it. Before you panic and start worrying about my mental (and marital) state, may I hasten to add that this was a genealogical divorce. It was triggered by a realization that the woman I thought I had found to be my third great-grandmother was entirely... Read More →

Holly T. Hansen

PERSI and Its 8,000 Periodicals

By Holly T. Hansen What Is PERSI? The Periodical Source Index Commonly referred to as PERSI, the PERiodical Source Index is a comprehensive subject index to articles appearing in historical, genealogical, and ethnic publications. A periodical is a magazine, journal, or newsletter that is published weekly, monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, or annually. Simply, it is a published work that appears in a new edition on a regular schedule. You will be amazed at the amount of information gathered by small,... Read More →

James L. Tanner

Ask-the-Pros: Kinship Systems and Genealogy

By James L. Tanner Some of the online genealogy family tree programs accommodate different language naming patterns such as the difference between the pattern used in England and the pattern used in Spain, but few programs support the entry of kinship relationships. Because of this lack of support or even awareness of kinship relationships, there are likely a number of “brick wall” situations that are more apparent than real. For example, using the Choctaw language, if a record showed... Read More →

Ask-the-Pros

Ask-the-Pros: Two Classes on Friday

This week we are offering two unique Ask-the-Pros classes. Tomorrow, Friday morning, at 10:00 a.m. Mountain Standard Time, we will kick off with a class on “Why Experts Search the Marriages First.” Then at 2:00 p.m. we will offer guidance on how “Experts Increase Research Success by Performing an Interim Analysis.” These classes can be viewed from your personal computer, smart phone, tablet, or other device. Each class will include a PDF of the accompanying Research Guide... Read More →