September, 2009


Firefox 3.5.3 and Ancestry.com Clash Delaying Work

Ever since I installed Firefox 3.5.3 a few days ago, I’ve had mysterious problems with Ancestry.com.  It loads very slowly and then doesn’t display any graphics.  So far, this issue has appeared only on Ancestry.com.  I tried my trusty old Netscape 7.2 browser and had the same problem.  Then I tried Internet Explorer 7, which for various reasons I generally …Continue reading →

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A Shades Weekend

If you missed the weekend columns over at Shades of the Departed, you missed some great stuff! On Saturday, Donna Pointkouski struggled with the issue of not finding any photographs of her great-grandparents and flirted with some ideas about how she might get some–all, of course in Donna’s trademark style, helping us see The Humor of It. My column on …Continue reading →

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I Say Tomato, You Say Pearl Onion

Resolving Conflicting Data North Carolina?  Arkansas?  Alabama?   In the last post, we saw that all of these had been offered as possible birthplaces for my gg-grandfather, John Wesley Bowie.   I said I’d bet on Catahoula Parish, Louisiana.  Why? What does one do when confronted by multiple conflicting data?  Let’s start with the fact that the researcher at first has no …Continue reading →

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John Wesley Bowie was born . . . where??

Sunday Monday Tuesday Afternoon Take on Saturday Night Genealogical Fun: John Wesley Bowie (Yeah, it took awhile to get this together!) Randy Seaver at Genea-musings has made a relatively regular item a feature called “Saturday Night Genealogical Fun.” It usually involves some quiz or meme or game and is highly popular with the Facebook genealogy crowd and others. These items …Continue reading →

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Good Schools A Staple of Ancestors’ Lives

This was produced for the 17th edition of “Smile for the Camera” I really don’t have much in the way of  photographs on my ancestors’ school days.   I have in the past posted school census records from the very early twentieth century in Milam County, Texas, where my gg-grandmother and her descendants lived.  But I know virtually nothing about my …Continue reading →

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GeneaBlogie Short Road Trip

Thanks to all for the kind words on our Blgoiversary!  The feeling is mutual, I assure you. You know, every day some body starts a genealogy blog that will be interesting and appealing.  And then there are thsoe would like to, but don’t know how or whether they should.  A great resource is the GeneaBloggers site, created by Thomas MacEntee, …Continue reading →

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Five Years and Still Going . . . .

I  started this blog five years ago yesterday.  How nice of everyone to take the day off in honor! I really had no idea what I was getting into at the time.  I conceived of it as a place to update research, tell  some family stories, report relevant genealogical news,and set out some opinions and philosophies.  And I hope I’ve …Continue reading →

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Freedman’s Bank Records Open New Doors, Reveal Much

The Freedman’s Bank, a distinct entity from the Freedman’s Bureau, was established by Congress on March 3, 1865.   The bank’s official name was the Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company.  The bank’s purpose was to assist African-Americans recently freed from bondage to adjust and thrive economically. It had branches in 16 states and the District of Columbia, where former slaves, black …Continue reading →

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George Guynes [Gines] Freedman’s Bank Record

George Gines appeared on the 1870 census of Caddo Parish, Louisiana as “George Guion.”  In April, 1872, however, the Freedman’s Bank lists him as “George Guynes.”  The bank record also lists “Ed” and “Henry”  apparently as separate persons.  The absence of Ed on the census, combined with known family naming patterns, had led me to surmise that they were the …Continue reading →

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