Leave No Stones Unturned at Libraries

I have been working in a library’s Local & Family History department for about six months now and in that time I have learned something about genealogy library visits that I want to share with you. Are you ready? Here it is: Librarian’s are not omniscient. We do not hold the library catalog in our... Continue Reading →

Memorial to James Emlen (1792-1866)

This memorial to my 4th great-grandfather, James Emlen (1792-1866) was published in the minutes of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting in 1867. I have done my best to transcribe the text faithfully, including spelling errors. The long passages of religious musings from James' writings have been included in a separate post: Writings of James Emlen. Testimony... Continue Reading →

Writings of James Emlen (1792-1866)

The memorial to James Emlen, my 4th great-grandfather, which was presented by the Birmingham Monthly Meeting at the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting in 1867 consisted of twelve hand-written pages. Of these, many were only quotes from his writings. I have extracted to this page many of the passages that were included in the original memorial. If... Continue Reading →

The Longest Link

I was wondering the other day about how many generations back on each line I could trace an unbroken chain of photos. I realized I had some lines with photos of very distant ancestors, but they were missing a "link" somewhere in the middle, a generation with no photo of the ancestor. With a quick... Continue Reading →

Finding Walter Bell’s Employer in 1911

In researching my great-grandfather, Walter H. Bell, I have been interested in tracking his employers throughout his life. He worked in so many capacities for so many corporations that it has become a personal challenge to track his place of employment year to year. And it often changed in such a short span of time.... Continue Reading →

Book Review: “Referencing for Genealogists”

In the book that is the subject of today’s review, Referencing for Genealogists: Sources and Citation, Ian G. MacDonald throws his hat into the genealogy referencing ring. While standing alone as the book’s author, MacDonald writes on behalf of the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, which has collectively developed the style laid out in... Continue Reading →

My Virtual Road Trip to Philadelphia

This week I am joining in on Elizabeth O'Neal's July Genealogy Blog Party by designing and carrying out a virtual research trip! Elizabeth challenged participants to select one ancestor for whom little information is known then to plan and conduct research from home. For my virtual research trip I selected my ancestor James Emlen. Pre-Trip... Continue Reading →

A Patriot’s Story: Part IV

Today I'm wrapping up the story of my patriot ancestor, Lewis Anderson. If you are not caught up on the previous parts you can find them here: Part I, Part II, Part III. Following his military service and his miraculous return home Lewis took up farming. In his pension file Lewis' trade is described as... Continue Reading →

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 →

5 Recent Reads

Whether you've got a program at your library or are just looking for a something to do at the beach, it seems like summer is a time for reading. Good or bad, here are five recent genealogy-related books I've read and a quick review of each. 1. Archive Photography: How to photograph oversize photos, curled... 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 →

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