Smallpox, History, Genealogy, and Context

This is a true story about science and public policy that should get the attention of genealogists and historians: A little more than thirty years ago, the World Health Organization declared that smallpox had been effectively eradicated around the globe.  Smallpox was an especially nasty disease that in the 20th century alone killed half a billion people. Its demise was …Continue reading →

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 →

Sticks And Stones, There’s N—‘s Living with the Bones!

The role of the historian is to report things as they were found, not as the historian or the rest of modernity wish they had been. In the last post, we discussed using racial descriptions as names to search for African-Americans. We were successful using “slave,” “colored,” and “Negro” to find records that if combined with othe records could resolve …Continue reading →

One Drop

A GeneaBlogie Book Review Bliss Broyard grew up in the wealthiest part of Fairfield, Connecticut, one of the wealthiest communities in the nation. She lived a life of privilege as one of two children of New York Times book critic and essayist Anatole Broyard. Her handsome, witty father was well-known in literary and social circles. But Bliss would find out …Continue reading →

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