March, 2008

The Family Cars, 1955-1969: Part II–The Rambler

My dad had bought his first car, a 1953 Ford, in 1955 during his first assignment in the Army. The Ford had taken to Kansas City from Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri several times; from Kansas City to Houston and back to KCMO; and from KC to Brooklyn. It came with us to Germany in 1958. In Germany, we’d taken the …Continue reading →


Catholic Genealogy: Latin Lesson

I mentioned the other day that I had found the records of St Joseph’s Church of Prairie du Rocher, Illinois, Family Search Labs’ Record Search site. Many of these records are in Latin. I never studied Latin formally; however, I became an altar boy at a very young age in the days when the Catholic Mass was in Latin. I …Continue reading →


The Family Cars, 1955-1969: Part I–The Ford

In 1955, my father bought his first car: a 1953 Ford sedan. And, of course, there’s a story to that. I’ve mentioned before that in the mid-1950’s, we lived at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, where my dad had his first assignment in the Army. He decided that he needed a car. A friend suggested that he should go to St …Continue reading →


A Great Find! Thanks, Kimberly!

Kimberly Powell‘s blog at is part of my daily reading. Recently she spotlighted FamilySearch’s Record Search. I had registered for and used Record Search some months ago. I liked it then, but for some reason, I hadn’t signed on in a while. So I was interested in Kimberly’s perspective. Her post included a list of new collections at Record …Continue reading →


Blogger Kudos

The site has presented “The 2008 Artistry of Genealogy Awards.” The winners were selected by customers of The “Best Personal Genealogy Blog” appears to be shared by Miriam Robbins Midkiff”s Ancestories: The Stories of My Ancestors and Renee’s Genealogy Blog by Renee Zamora. The Best Ongoing Family History Story was Jasia’s Creative Gene. I highly recommend all three! …Continue reading →


"Open" State Vital Records: The Bad and the Ugly

One of Several Posts about Open Government Laws and Genealogy Previously, we spotlighted several states that are particularly “genealogy-friendly” concerning access to state vital records. Now we wade into the swamp of vital records-access horribles. At the edge of the swamp are states that have unreasonably long (100 years or more for birth records; more than fifty years for death …Continue reading →


Open State Vital Records: Some of the Best States

One of Several Posts about Open Government Laws and Genealogy I’ve made a brief survey of state vital records laws and here present some of the “best” states in terms of “openness.” These determinations are based on several factors: whether law provides that vital records are “open” or “public”; whether reasonable “confidential periods” are imposed; whether reasonable fees are required; …Continue reading →


APG Open Records Summary

One of Several Posts about Open Government Laws and Genealogy The Association of Professional Genealogists position paper on open records contains the following summary: No proof that open records significantly contribute to ID theft or terrorism. ID thieves rarely use public records, relying instead on stolen or fraudulent data. Public benefits of access to records far outweighs their threat. Open …Continue reading →


APG Pushes for Open Records

One of Several Posts about Open Government Laws and Genealogy Coincident with our series of posts about open government records, the Association of Professional Genealogists has released a position paper entitled “The Case for Open Records.” Appropriately, it was a project of APG’s Sunshine state [Florida] chapter. Last Friday, APG issued a press release about the position paper, which has …Continue reading →


FOIA Spotlight: The U.S. Department of State

One of Several Posts about Open Government Laws and Genealogy Last week, as we noted, was Sunshine Week, focused on open government, and open records in particular. Although the commemoration has passed, we’ll continue in the next few posts to focus on open records. After all, every week should be Sunshine Week! Our FOIA Spotlight today is on the U.S. …Continue reading →

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