October, 2009

Halloween Census Whacking

With the crisis of my father’s recent illness and the minor drama of my own, I feel like I’ve been way out of touch the last two weeks.  It’s time get back into the flow of things.   I thought  little census whacking for Halloween would ease my way back into writing.  So I went hunting for Vampires, Zombies, Ghosts, …Continue reading →


BREAKING NEWS: Entire Census Going on Footnote.com

At this hour, Footnote.com is releasing details of its venture with the National Archives to digitize and make a searchable database of the entire set of available U.S. census population schedules from 1780 to 1930.  Footnote.com presently has the complete 1860 census and about 97% of the 1930 census available on its site.  In a press release from its Lindon, …Continue reading →


When Life Gets in the Way

We’ve been running silent here for a few days while I help attend to my father who is seriously ill.  My hope is that he will be stabilized soon and I’ll get back to work here and elsewhere by early in the coming week,


California Genealogical Society Meeting Today

1:00 pm 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland Speakers:  Thomas MacEntee, Craig Manson The place to be this afternoon if you’re in Northern California!


Confidential Marriage in the United States

Even If There Is No Record, There Still Might Be A Marriage Another issue for genealogists to consider is that of “confidential marriage.”  In California, a couple who have lived together may obtain a so-called “confidential” marriage.  They need only apply at the county clerk’s office or before a notary specially trained in confidential marriage procedures and claim that they …Continue reading →


Common Law Marriage: Scotland & Quebec

As I had hoped,  some of our international correspondents checked in on this issue.  Kirsty says: In Scotland, the situation was a bit different from England, or at least less clear. There seems to have been contradictory legislation and, I think, the more I read on the topic of Scottish Marriage Law the more confused I get! In practice there …Continue reading →


Breaking News: Feds Require Bloggers to Disclose Product Endorsement Connections

Genea-bloggers who say anything positive about genealogical products from now on may required to disclose any “material connection” between themselves and the distributor of the product. The Federal Trade Commission today adopted what it refers to as  new “Guides” on endorsements and testimonials in advertising.   The Commission’s 81-page document represents the first time in nearly 30 years that the Guides …Continue reading →


And The Nominees Are . . .

Voting Opens in Family Tree Magazine’s 40 Best Genealogy Blogs–We’re on the Ballot! Family Tree Magazine’s “40 Best Genealogy Blogs”  feature opened its polls today at the Genealogy Insider blog. About 130 blogs are nominated in 10 categories: All-around Personal/Family Local/Regional Cemetery Photos/Heirlooms Heritage News/Resources \How-to Genealogy Companies Genetic Genealogy GeneaBlogie was nominated in the All-Around category. Many Thanks to …Continue reading →


Common Law Marriage In the United States of America

When I discovered that my maternal grandparents likely had no marriage certificate, someone suggested that that meant they had a “common law” marriage.   Maybe, maybe not. The term “common law marriage” is frequently misunderstood.  Many believe if a couple co-habits for a certain fixed period of time, they have a common law marriage.  Some believe that if a couple produces …Continue reading →


A Vivid Childhood Memory: My Mother is Mugged for a Picture of Elvis

Randy Seaver’s “Saturday Night Genealogical Fun” calls for a vivid childhood memory. Two weeks before my birthday in 1958, we sailed out of New York harbor aboard the venerable USS General George M. Randall, headed for Bremerhaven, West Germany. Every bit of the trip was a new adventure. Leaving New York, an escort of fire boats sprayed a misty salute …Continue reading →

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