A Patriot’s Story: Part III

If you have not already read the other transcribed portions of Lewis Anderson's Revolutionary War pension file, you may find them here: Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV. Witness Testimony of Robert McChesney, Justice of the Peace State of New Jersey, Middlesex County | Be it known that on the seventeenth day of... Continue Reading →

A Patriot’s Story: Part II

If you have not already read the other transcribed portions of Lewis Anderson's Revolutionary War pension file, you may find them here: Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV. Interrogation of Lewis Interogatories put by the Court to the above named applicant. 1. Where and in what year were you born? Answer I was... Continue Reading →

A Patriot’s Story: Part I

Lewis Anderson, my 5th great-grandfather, is the first patriot ancestor of which I was aware and remains my most documented patriot ancestor. He is likely to also have one of the most interesting stories in my family tree and I am still awed that have an account of it in his own words. I thought... Continue Reading →

Finding the Parents of Isaac Straughen

You’d think with an unusual name like “Straughen” that it wouldn’t be difficult to identify my ancestors, but it hasn’t been easy! My 2nd great-grandfather Isaac Straughen (pictured at the top of this post) was born in 1817 in New Jersey. He reported in the 1880 census that his father was also born in New... Continue Reading →

Sharing External Media on Ancestry.com

One of my favorite things about using Ancestry to host my primary tree is that it is discoverable to other researchers. I especially love that my photos and documents will soon become a little shaky leaf waiting for others to find, and hopefully enjoy. I just get a warm and fuzzy feeling when I think... Continue Reading →

Earley Family Photo

A mystery has been solved! A few weeks ago I posted a video about my 2nd great grandfather George Edgar Earley. George had 10 children and in the video I was struggling to identify his daughters in a family photo. I did my best to label them by age and other things I knew, but... Continue Reading →

“Closed” vs. “Open” Stacks

If you have looked at visiting a library or archive as a part of your genealogy research, you might have seen or heard the terms "closed stacks" and "open stacks" before. What do these phrases mean? And how will these designations affect your visit? Let's examine each one. Open Stacks If you have ever been... Continue Reading →

How I Made an Ancestor Video

Although my attempts to begin writing about my ancestors have fallen flat in the last year or two, I have found a new method of sharing that I do enjoy: making videos! It all began last summer when I was taking an online local history course for my library science degree. I was tasked with... Continue Reading →

“Old School” Genealogy

I recently started a new job as a Local & Family History Librarian in St. Joseph Co., Indiana. (Dream job, I know.) I am loving every minute of it so far! The library has a beautiful genealogy department and a treasure chest of resources. If you are in the area, you should definitely take a... Continue Reading →

Obits in your Inbox

A few weeks ago I attended a fantastic webinar put on by the Guild of One Name Studies. If you haven’t heard about their free webinar series this year, I highly recommend signing up for some of their offerings! During the webinar a really interesting resource was mentioned in passing and afterwards I immediately went... Continue Reading →

Walter Bell’s First Marriage

There are two ancestors in my family tree that I continue to revisit whenever I'm up for a challenge. One of those is Walter H. Bell (1881-1934), my great-grandfather. Chipping away at Walter's past has been tricky but fascinating. He moved all over the country during his life. It seems he had three or four... Continue Reading →

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