Category Archive: Research – Genealogical Sources

Jul 16

New Blog: Georgia Weather History


Did you know that there are records of the 1804 tornado in Georgia hiding within the records of the 1805 Georgia Land Lottery? Georgia Weather History an Occasional Blog recently made its debut. The blogger, Steve Engerrand, tells us that his interest in weather patterns began when he was a young boy of ten. Although …

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Jun 21

Tombstone Tuesday: Texas State Cemetery

General Albert Sidney Johnston

The Sunday following the 2004 FGS Conference in Austin, Texas, Chuck, Pam, and I visited the Texas State Cemetery, a charming and peaceful final resting place for many great Texans. At every FGS, NGS, and IGHR we remember our great friend and genealogist who was taken from us far too soon. Chuck Knutson, we miss …

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Jun 09



Nearly fifteen years ago I found a newspaper clipping (newspaper title and date were not recorded) describing a little of Frank R. Woodward’s eightieth birthday. Francis R. Woodward was born 9 February 1845 [son of Daniel S. and Dorcas (Adams) Woodward [Dearborn’s History of Salisbury, New Hampshire, 1890]. The article read, in part, ” He put …

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May 25

Wordless Wednesday: W.D. Boyce gravesite

W.D. Boyce & Boy Scout Memorial, Ottawa Avenue Cemetery, Ottawa, Illinois

Apr 09

Civil War Records at Ancestry

  Behind the famous generals and battles of the Civil War are the everyday soldiers who played a role in this significant chapter of American history. Their stories – and your own family’s Civil War story – live on in the enlistment records and muster rolls, correspondence, pension applications and more we’ve just added to …

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Mar 17

Georgia Archives threatened by House Budget

The following article was recently posted on the Friends of Georgia Archives & History website The Archives is already only open 3 days a week to the public. This bill in its current form would force it to close completely to the public. Please contact Georgia state senators asap about this! Remember that snail mail and …

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Mar 06

Surname Variations

FamilySearch has wonderful indexes and images that help many of us enhance our family history. I’ve seen a lot of interesting surname variations in my day. None-the-less I was a bit surprised at some I found via FamilySearch when searching birth records of Cook County, Illinois. My goal was to find birth record images for …

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Jan 24

Military Monday: World War I Draft Cards


World War I draft registration cards are a valuable resource and many have used the microfilm copies that are on But have you held the “real thing” in your hand, the one your ancestor actually held in his hand (that is if he could write) when he signed his name? Have you seen the …

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Dec 29

New Atlas for Coastal Georgia


Any historical or family genealogist with ties to East and Costal Georgia will be happy to learn that Paul K. Graham has very recently published his Atlas of East and Coastal Georgia: Watercourses and Militia Districts published by The Genealogy Company, Decatur, Georgia. The book contains maps for 50 of Georgia Counties of east and …

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Dec 19

My How You’ve Changed!


Goodness, how things can change on the Internet, seemingly just overnight. Recently two of my most frequently used websites have had face-lifts. FamilySearch ( and the National Archives ( Surely the changes are for the best, but I sometimes resent having to make the time to learn the new functionality, change bookmarks, and just find …

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