September 18th, 2004


I’m not a Packrat . . . .I’m, uh, an Archivist

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt? So I had been looking for George Micheau’s (1851?-1942?) forebears (see I’d Like to Teach the World to Gene). And I had a theory about that. Genealogy is like other evidentiary endeavors: theories, hypotheses, inferences, assumptions, and sometimes the outright WAG (“Wild A– Guess,” for the uninitiated), all play roles in getting to the “facts.” My …Continue reading →

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She’s Spanish

Matilda Manson is listed in the 1850 census of Talbot County, Georgia, with her mother, Jane Manson and her sister, Mary Manson. Matilda’s age is given as 6 years old; Mary is reported to be 4, and their mother Jane’s age is listed as 24. All three are described as “mulatto.” Matilda next appears in federal census records in 1880 …Continue reading →

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