April, 2010

Genealogical Customer Service Kudos

I had to order a copy of a Missouri birth certificate on short notice recently.  I ordered it through VitalChek.   Now the trick is not  to order birth certificates from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services in Jefferson City, which is the main repository.  Instead, order them from Kansas City or St Louis, which both have statewide records.  …Continue reading →


Ancestor Approved

George Geder, Pat Salt, Elizabeth Saunders, and Deborah Andrew have each honored me with the “Ancestor Approved.”   My backlog has kept me from ackinowledging them sooner. The terms are that the recipient must list ten things I have learned about any of my ancestors that has surprised, humbled, or enlightened me and pass the award along to ten other bloggers …Continue reading →


Census Sometimes Little Help Tracking Migrations

I put my census form in the mail a little after the first of the month. I also scanned it, and I’m making some family group sheets to go with photographs.  All these items together will constitute our family’s census 2010 documentation. Seventy-two years from now, family researchers may conclude that I have lived in the same county for an …Continue reading →


Census Collection Free on Footnote.com through April

This note came from Justin Schroepfer, marketing director at Footnote.com: I wanted to update you that we have decided to extend our Interactive Census Collection free to the public through the end of April.  Since opening this collection a few weeks ago, we have received a very positive response.  In order to view the images from the collection, visitors only …Continue reading →


Georgia Digital Library Now Provides Access to Atlanta Historical Newspapers

The following information was provided by the Digital Library of Georgia last week: A new digital database providing online access to 14 newspaper titles published in Atlanta from 1847 to 1922 is now available through the Digital Library of Georgia, housed at The University of Georgia Libraries. The Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive (http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/atlnewspapers) consists of more than 67,000 newspaper pages …Continue reading →


Getting Back in the Race

Each time I find myself flat on my face, I pick  myself up and get back in the race. (That’s Life,  lyrics copyright by Dean Kay and Kelly Gordon) I continue to gradually emerge into the world as my recuperation from back surgery progresses.  It’s been difficult not to have had the time to write.  I will have, however, an …Continue reading →


A Visitor Arrives, Bringing a Little Sunshine to Northern California

The first word came several days ago via email, sort of like the way I used to receive alerts in the Air Force about the imminent arrival of a Distinguished Visitor (a general officer, a high-ranking civilian appointee, a Member of C0ngress). The subject line needed no decoding: Becky’s coming for a visit! “Becky,” of course, is Indiana family historian …Continue reading →

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