Genealogy Friday: Obituaries can Unlock the Past

I shared with you over the last few weeks how I’ve broken through one of my brick walls. While traveling to another part of the state, I stopped to retrieve an obituary I needed.  Was this truly my great-great grandfather? … Continued

Genealogy Friday: Finding Common Sounding Names

While breaking through this brick wall I currently had a conversation with several other genealogists. We all agreed that when we have a common name such as Mary Smith, John Davis, etc.  Then it is almost impossible to find the … Continued

Genealogy Friday: Searching the Meaning of Unique Names

I told you last week about how I discovered my ancestor, Ariovistus.   He had such a unique name that I wondered what it meant. I knew this wasn’t a family name so where did it come from. I decided to … Continued

Genealogy Friday: New Records Constantly Appear

I’ve been sharing my struggle with breaking through a brick wall. I finally found enough circumstantial evidence to prove who he was, but I had no definitive proof. Not living in the area, I’d not been to check the records … Continued

Genealogy Friday: What is the Circumstantial Evidence?

Last week, I shared about my trouble with a brick wall. This week, I want to share more of the story. I kept finding a 1870 Census record for an Ario Davis, but he lived with no parents. My information … Continued

Genealogy Friday: Don’t Give up on Those Brick Walls

We all have brick walls we want to break through.   Some seem nearly impossible to break through. I had one just like that.   For 25 years I looked for the parents of my GG-Grandfather. All I had to go on … Continued

Happy 4th of July

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The 4th of July, is a federal holiday commemorating the 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence.  The signing of this document declared the British colonies a new nation and affirmed our independence from the British Empire. The area that … Continued

Genealogy Friday: Creating a Timeline for a Major Event

I’ve shared in the past about creating a timeline and mapping ancestors.  But, what if you need to go a step further? What if you’re like me and need to figure out when a specific event occurred? Below is a … Continued

Genealogy Friday: Search Ethnic Cluster Groups

Often when people emigrated from another country, they would join family that had already come to the new country. Many of these ethnic groups lived in clusters.  We’ve all heard of Chinatown.  This is a popular tourists attraction now, but … Continued

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