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Where is the 4th of July?

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Are we losing our national narrative? Today is the 4th of July, 2011. I wish all my readers a happy and contemplative Independence Day. Every year, I seem to spend quite a bit of time of reflection as we approach and reach the Fourth of July. I reflect on our struggle for Independence from the [...]

On the 65th Anniversary of D-Day

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

June 6th… it’s a day that to many is no different from any other. In many ways it’s a day that should be more sacred than so many on our calendar. I can’t help but get emotional thinking about D-Day June 6, 1944. The beginning of the Allied invasion of Europe and the liberation of [...]

Getting Your Children Interested in the Family History

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

This is an idea I’ve thought about for quite some time. Our children are a bit young yet to really get interested in the family history (or any history for that matter.) But, it’s a dilemma that some people face even with older children. How can they pass along the information, or even get them [...]

Taxes – Useful for Genealogy and Family History Research

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

The month of April has me thinking about taxes. It was the topic for the just released South Carolina Genealogy newsletter and I thought I’d give some general information here as well. Of course, most of us think first of the Federal Income tax. This dates back to the Civil War, when an income tax [...]

How to Get Started on your Family History – Interviewing Family

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

We’ve all seen great interviews, some people are just born questioners. They put their subject at ease, and make getting information look so easy. When you start out researching your family history, one of the first things you’ll need to do is to interview your family members to find out what they know and remember [...]

Guidelines for Posting Good Genealogy Queries

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

How can you find an answer if you don’t know how to phrase the question? Isn’t it amazing that even today with all the worlds information increasingly online and at our literal fingertips…. that sometimes we have a hard time putting into words exactly what we’re looking for? But it’s true, searching for information is [...]

Online Newspaper Archives

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

My recent posts on historical photos got me thinking about historical newspaper articles. Our Asheville Citizen-Times site offers articles older than 7 days for a fee online. Of course, that archive only goes back to 1999 online. This isn’t exactly what I was thinking of. I remember once upon a time researching in old newspaper [...]

Sharing Your Old Family Photos Online

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

Last time I talked about a new historic photos archive at the Asheville Citizen-Times. I think this is a great thing and would love to see more news organizations push ahead and release their older photo content for public browsing. But how is the average person to do that. We all have boxes or old [...]

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 [...]