Author: Matthew Evans

Family Bible of Gen. Thomas Jonothan "Stonewall" Jackson by geraldbrazell, on Flickr. CC Image, Some rights reserved 2

The Purposes of the Family Tree

The ancient Irish were among the earliest civilizations to value genealogy. John O’Donovan, Irish language scholar, wrote in 1849, in his book, Miscellany of the Celtic Society: “Those of the lowest rank among a...

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Read All About It: Where to Find Obituaries

Generally, major, national, and most large-city newspapers only publish obituaries for the famous, the prominent, or people considered significant. Local newspapers usually publish, often in long-form, an obituary for any local resident upon their death....

48Sheet billboard art project - Birmingham - High Street Deritend - Digbeth - Obituary by ell brown, on Flickr. CC Image, Some rights reserved 0

Obits as Research Tools

One of the most helpful documents readily available to the amateur genealogical researcher, and often an underappreciated source of information in constructing a family tree, is the obituary. Basically a posthumous news article, obituaries...

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