May, 2008


A Loving Legacy

Mildred Delores Jeter, born in 1939 or 1940, grew up in Central Point, near Bowling Green, Caroline County, Virginia. It was a small town where of course everybody knew everybody else. By the time Mildred was eleven or twelve years old, she was smitten with the handsome, blond, older boy with the curious name, Richard Loving. A friend of Mildred’s …Continue reading →

Catholics, Mormons at Odds Over Genealogical Records?

Well, a day has come that I hoped would not. Kimberly Powell reports that the Vatican has ordered Catholic dioceses not to allow access to their records for microfilming or digitizing. Here are my sudden and unorganized thoughts: As both of my regular readers know, I am a Catholic, and there are a number of Catholics in the GeneaBlogosphere, including …Continue reading →

UPDATE: Register of U.S. Army Enlistments

Well, I am both gratified and chastened! In the comments to the original post below, Chad Milliner points out what should been obvious to me. That is, essentially, that the Register of U.S. Army Enlistments includes only original federal enlistments. Chad reminds us that in the 18th and 19thcenturies, American wars were fought largely by troops raised by the States. …Continue reading →

Carnival is Back!

The 47th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy is posted at Jasia’s Creative Gene. The theme this time was “A Place Called Home,” and thirty-two writers have described places that their ancestors called home. The submissions are very diverse, ranging from the now-extinct Markham Township, Ontario, to Weaver’s Creek Bottom, Mississippi, to towns in Croatia, Lithuania, and Poland. I didn’t …Continue reading →

Genealogist, Heal Thyself

Family historians and genealogists spend their time looking for folks who have long since passed away. Often, the lack of records or knowledge about where to find them creates frustration (or excitement for those who love the thrill of the chase!). But have we each asked ourselves whether future generations will be able to find us? More importantly, have we …Continue reading →

Research Note: Don’t Overlook the Simple Way

Chris Dunham at The Genealogue has made genealogical “challenges” a somewhat regular feature of his blog. These are quite interesting, fun, and test one’s rapid research skills. I enjoy them a lot, because I always learn something, either about the particular subject or about some research resource I may have not known about before. I always have to work fast …Continue reading →

Attention Sanford Researchers: Tennessee State Marriages Now on Ancestry.com

Another of the new databases on Ancestry.com is the Tennessee State Marriages database. This is great for researching my Sanford family research. It’s got a lot of images; sometimes there are several different records for a single marriage. This is a good addition.

Research Resource: Register of Enlistments In U.S. Army

I got an e-mail from Ancestry.com recently that touted some new databases that had been added. Among these was “Registration of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798 –1914. So of course I was interested. I put in the search box a number of my family names, particularly the more unique ones, and turned up nothing. So then I tried the …Continue reading →

What Makes It All Worthwhile

If you want understand part of the drive to do what we do here in the Geneablogosphere, or if you just need a true-life story of family, read this post at the footnoteMaven’s Shades of the Departed today. And check it tomorrow when I’m the guest blogger at Shades!

Edna Mary Penny Wells 1941-2008

Edna Mary Penny Wells died last week in St Louis, Missouri, just a few days shy of her 67th birthday. She was the daughter of Edna Mary Micheau of St Louis and the late Ralph Penny; and the granddaughter of the late Joseph Perry Micheau and Edna Lewis. She was the third generation daughter named Edna and hence she was …Continue reading →

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