Category Archive: Genea Resources

Apr 26

1940 Census: Will You Be Ready?

It is almost time! The 1940 U.S. Population Schedule will be released in a little under one year (April 2012). In order to use the new record well, we need to study the parameters of the record as well as finding aids that will be available for us. Did you know that the National Archives …

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Apr 09

Whims in Wills

Curious Obligations Attached to Deeds of Property. The eccentricity of men shows itself in no more extraordinary form than in obligations attached to deeds of property by which some whim of the seller is forced upon all future owners. The Quakers who founded Philadelphia sometimes asserted themselves in this way after death. The owners of …

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Mar 09

RIGS Alliance Scheduled for Fort Worth

Regional In-depth Genealogical Studies Alliance

Jasper, Georgia (9 March 2011)—The Regional In-depth Genealogical Studies Alliance (RIGS Alliance) will present a week-long workshop at the National Archives at Fort Worth, Texas (26-30 September 2011). RIGS Alliance workshops are designed for genealogists, historians, and librarians with a general genealogical or historical grounding who want to learn skills and techniques for researching original …

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Feb 27

Making Better Order of Things

Sometimes I wonder where my blinders are… I need to put them on. I’ve never been bored in my life and have no patience for those who are. Besides reading good books, listening to great music, learning something new in the technical world, there are so many things I like to do. Some of you …

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Feb 14

Valentine’s Day

2011 Valentine's Day

The historic reasoning for Valentine’s day appears to be rather mysterious — Patron Saint? Which one of the three Saint Valentines (Valentinus)? But does it really matter? NO! Although, today Valentine’s day is associated with romance, but in addition I like to think of it as a day to reminder of loving thy neighbor!  So …

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Feb 12



As a young girl I was delighted with this piece of card stock advertising that I found in Nana Perkins’ shed. It tickled me when Nana wound her first two fingers through the holes–her knuckles producing the illusions of the “old girl’s” knees. In this instance the ad was for the Wayside Country Store on …

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Feb 07

Radio and Television

Television time. What’s that? My family didn’t purchase one until after my twin and I had left home. There were probably two reasons why we didn’t have one: 1) our family was always struggling just to put food on the table and pay the mortgage and 2) Peter and I really didn’t want one. We …

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Feb 05

Family History: Personal Anecdotes

As family historians we often dwell in the past one hundred years and rarely write down the stories of more recent family memories. Genealogical bloggers are now challenged to do just that – write down those personal anecdotes. “52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History” is the “baby” of Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog. …

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Feb 02

Fitzpatrick Photo Album

Fitzpatrick Family

Serval days ago Ronald Woodard of Chicago contacted me regarding a photo album he had in his possession relating to the Fitzpatrick family. Mr. Woodard sent me several shots from the album taken with his cell phone. I’ve posted those photos at If you have Fitzpatrick family members take a look and contact me …

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Jan 29

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – The Date You Were Born

Accepting the mission of Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings, I’ll tell you about the day I was born. 1) Day of the week: Monday [] My twin brother was born 5 minutes before I was. 2) What happened in recorded history on that date [] 1536. Danish/Norw king Christian III leads reform in Catholic possessions 1740. …

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