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Archive for September, 2003

Getting Started on your Family History

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2003

Since this is the first Family History column, I thought it would make since to talk about how one goes about researching and discovering their family history. Genealogy is a hobby which many people take up in their retirement years. It is unfortunate that so many people wait so long to learn about their families’ [...]

The Federal Census and its Value to the Family Historian

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2003

The United States Census is outlined by the Constitution as a means of apportioning representatives to the states. According to the constitution it is to be taken every ten years as a way of counting the population. Over the years, however, it has become more than a simple head count and has grown to include [...]

How Accurate are all these Records?

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2003

Last time I talked about how important the Federal Census is to the family historian. Now, I’m going to give you a warning about it’s reliability. Don’t believe everything you read. This is something you should keep in mind no matter what source you’re referencing.

Church Records and the Days Before Official Records

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2003

I must say that I’ve had a hard time getting started writing about church records. I’d like to tell you that there’s a book that’s compiled most of these into one resource, or there’s one place to write to find the information. Unfortunately, there’s not. However difficult they may be to come by, church records [...]

The Clues are Everywhere

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2003

The last couple of times, I’ve talked about the census and reminded you to question the accuracy of the records that you find. Now it’s time to give you some good news about your research. The clues to your families heritage are everywhere. I know from experience that many times you think that you’ve discovered [...]

Searching the State Archives

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2003

For those of you that have never moved your research beyond the census and local county records, this column is for you. There are worlds of genealogical information available at your state archives. For the readers of this column outside North Carolina, I will be referring in large part to the state archives here in [...]

Old What’s New Items

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2003

Call me sentimental…. I’ve copied the old site’s What’s New items (going back to 1997) into this article….

Genealogy Columns

Monday, September 22nd, 2003

The first 6 of these columns were released in 1997, I’ve dated them as September 2003 because I can’t do any dates prior to that with the new system. I’m moving the first six columns here for archival purposes, and in the hopes that I may continue the series at some point. Time (lack of [...]