Tagged: genealogy

Family Bible of Gen. Thomas Jonothan "Stonewall" Jackson by geraldbrazell, on Flickr. CC Image, Some rights reserved 3

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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War Pensions as a Genealogical Resource

When researching ancestors who were enlisted in the armed services, certain documents can shed some light on their military and personal lives. Along with the National Archives and Records administration website, genealogy sites like...

Dedication of Chief Seattle statue at Fifth and Denny, 1912 by Seattle Municipal Archives, on Flickr. CC Image, Some rights reserved 0

Seventh Generation

The piece of information that provided a lot incentive for me to find out more about my family history was a copy of a descendant list which included two direct ancestors seven generations from...

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...

SS Florizel passenger manifest, New York, 18 October 1913, p. 170–71 by Volturno History, on Flickr. CC Image, Some rights reserved 0

Discovering Names

What does your name mean, where does it come from, how else could you spell it? They are questions I have been trying to ask some of my long deceased ancestors. They generally don’t...

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The Colorful Ones

I love a good skeleton in the closet. Bring me tales of your scandalous, your salacious and your ne’er do well and I’ll be transfixed. I want to hear all about that bigamist, the...

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Finding Yourself in your Family History

“Kiss me, I’m Irish” “Italians Do it Better”  “Polish and Proud” When I was a young child, silk screened T-Shirts were all the rage, and while I stuck to kittens and puppies, my friends’...

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