January, 2008


Where Were They in 1808?

Awhile ago, the challenge issued by Lisa was to describe where one’s ancestors were in 1908. I blogged about that here. Now the topic is where one’s ancestors were in 1808. Many bloggers have written about this already; I’m just getting caught up. 1808 was a signal year for some of my families. That was the year that Congress banned …Continue reading →

One Drop

A GeneaBlogie Book Review Bliss Broyard grew up in the wealthiest part of Fairfield, Connecticut, one of the wealthiest communities in the nation. She lived a life of privilege as one of two children of New York Times book critic and essayist Anatole Broyard. Her handsome, witty father was well-known in literary and social circles. But Bliss would find out …Continue reading →

One More Name . . .

I’ve just discovered a Kansas City cousin named Dorothy Long Gunn (1916-1998). She would be my mother’s first cousin, both of them being granddaughters of James William Long (1866-1945).

On the Hunt

I have a number of posts in draft but not quite done. I’ve been obsessively tracking down a new lead on an ancestor–that’s used up my time. We’ll get caught up on some interesting blog stuff this weekend.

Yes, Virginia, You Are a Hamm

I’m not sure I wanted to get into this, but, oh, well . . . . One of the books mentioned on my recent reading list is Bertha Venation by Larry Ashmead, who’s spent decades collecting funny names of real people. The post prompted this comment from Thomas MacEntee of Destination: Austin Family, in which he lists quite a few …Continue reading →

Reading, Lately

Genealogy is the gateway to an understanding of many other subjects: geography, sociology, anthropology, political history, even law, and more. Thus, it opens these topics for further exploration. Likewise, an independent study of other disciplines sheds light on one’s genealogical quests. That’s one reason I’m constantly reading. (The other is that I just like to read!). Here I share some …Continue reading →

"We’re Not Related . . . ."

I was listening to a news story about two government officials with the same surname. The news reader ended the piece by saying, “The two men are not related.” How often have you heard that? Or how often have you said “Oh, we’re not related?” Consider what that phrase might mean: 1. “We know we’re not siblings.” 2. “We don’t …Continue reading →

Greatest Finds Ever

My “Greatest Genealogical Find Ever” elicited very interesting responses from a host of genea-bloggers. Colleen at The Oracle of OMcHoDoy writes about the mystery of the Doyle women. Lisa tells us a bit about her great-great-grandfather John Donnelly and the Mollie McGuires at Small-leaved Shamrock. On Destination:Austin Family, Thomas MacEntee shares a tiny magical book with us . Apple tells …Continue reading →

Where Was Your Family in 1908?

Lisa, who has the energy to write several interesting blogs, posed the question, “Where was your family in 1908?” on, appropriately enough, her 100 Years in America blog. A century ago, neither of my paternal grandparents had been born yet, although one, my grandmother Jessie Beatrice Bowie, was just a year away. Her parents, my great-grandparents, Hattie Bryant and Elias …Continue reading →

Will the Real Julia McDavid Please Stand Up?

Some Issues Concerning the Evaluation and Analysis of Evidence We’ve been playing a genealogical version of To Tell The Truth in which Julia McDavid, born in the nineteenth century and with a daughter named Helen, has challenged us to find her on the 1880 and 1900 censuses. The problem is that there are several persons with the name “Julia McDavid” …Continue reading →

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