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Archive for February, 2008

Asheville Historic Photos Online

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

For many years, if you didn’t have photos of a particular event in the past, you had to go to a library and browse special collections, or contact news organizations and see if they could search their archives for a specific photo. The internet has made our access to older photos (any photos really) so [...]

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse History

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

I’m taking a little respite from the genealogy article series and delving into one of North Carolina’s most iconic symbols, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. For those that don’t know the outer banks, the oceans in that area are known as the graveyard of the Atlantic. The shifting sand shoals are treacherous and unpredictable and the only [...]

Best time of year for Genealogical Cemetery Expiditions (Cemunking)

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

A long time ago my Mom came up with the term “cemunking” for the hobby of going out to canvas a cemetery and look for familiar names, and record information from the markers. It’s a hobby that’s not nearly as risky as spelunking (exploring caves), but it does have it’s risks. Poison Ivy, Wasps/Hornets and [...]

The Struggle with Information Overload

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

I think when I started researching online I must have gone through 500 pages of paper a month printing out leads from forums, printing out copies of census records, etc. etc. etc. It was quickly overwhelming and I think I still have portions of an unsorted stack of “leads” that are possibly related to one [...]