Month: October 2016

Find Published Genealogies Online
Genealogy 201

A Resource to Find Published Genealogies and Possible Leads

Many people have a printed family history book in their home, or discover their family names in a book at a genealogical library and set out to do research from this starting point. What if you don’t have such a luxury? Are you out of luck? Were there no previous ancestors who crafted a family […]

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Name Variations in Genealogy
Genealogy 201

How Many Ways Can You Spell a Name?

When growing up, I was insistent that you spelled my German last name with an S-Z. Any other variation was wrong and I believed that anyone who spelled it differently would not be my relative. I was alone in thinking spellings for last names was fixed. I only correct people when they pronounce my first […]

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Brick Walls

Brick Wall and Inferential Genealogy

The mystery of my 5th great-grandfather Effingham Townley, likely of New Jersey in the mid to late 1700s is giving me a headache. He’s a brick wall tracing my line back to him as a descendant. However, a will for an Effingham Townley dying in 1828 and naming a son John Townley is the brick […]

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Editorial

I Love City Directories But

City directories are an easy to understand and an amazing resource for finding your ancestors and relatives. When they are searchable, you can quickly find hundreds of relatives over decades with a simple mouse click. You gotta love those computer programmers who made it all happen. And as much as I LOVE city directories, there […]

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