Genealogy Friday: 7 Pieces of Information City Directories Can Reveal

I had a great-uncle who disappeared without a trace.  Family legend stated he disappeared in 1934, but he was listed on the 1940 census with his family.  This confused me.  I thought that he did not disappear until after 1940 … Continued

The Three St. Valentine’s of Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! The history of Valentine’s Day is long, with the first record of Valentine’s celebrations being associated to courtly love, dating back to 1400 France. However, the history of Valentine’s dates back even further to three martyred saints, … Continued

5 Examples of Random Acts of Genealogy Kindness

RAOGK or Random Acts of Genealogy Kindness is very important in helping to break through brick walls.  Working together as a community we can often break through these obstacles. So I wanted to share some examples of RAOGK that I … Continued

First Ladies: Martha Jefferson Randolph

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Martha Jefferson Randolph, served as First Lady for her father, President Thomas Jefferson. Her mother, also named Martha, died in 1782, years before Thomas Jefferson became President. Martha was one of two of Thomas Jefferson‘s children to live into adulthood. … Continued

First Ladies: Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson

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Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson, wife of President Thomas Jefferson, never served in the capacity of First Lady in the White House. She had died eighteen years before her husband became President of the United States. Martha Wayles was born on … Continued

Presidents: Thomas Jefferson

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Thomas Jefferson was not only the third President of the United States, but an American Founding Father. He was also the principal author of the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743 at the family home … Continued

Why We Should Beware of Tracing Our Line Back to Adam and Eve

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I have seen the statement “I can trace my line back to Adam and Eve” more times than I care to admit.  Or, someone will say “I can trace my line back to Noah and from there it’s easy to … Continued

First Ladies: Abigail Adams

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Abigail Smith was born on November 22, 1744 in Weymouth, Massachusetts to William Smith and Elizabeth Quincy Smith. Although she received no formal education, her mother taught her and her sisters to read and write and she had access to … Continued