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Burial Spots! Recipes! Fiery Ends! — It’s Follow Friday!

page from donald burial records at stonewall jackson cemeteryWhat I Was Reading This Week:

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Conference Talks

NGS 2014: Richmond, Virginia : May 7-10

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

Roots Tech! Slave Petitions! 52 Ancestors! — It’s Follow Friday!

Wells, Kristie, Photo of Anne Gillespie Mitchell at RootsTech, 7 Feb 2014. Copy help by Anne Gillespie Mitchell, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], California, 2014.

I had to do a little shopping at RootsTech. The new Genealogy Standards Manual is out! 1

What I Was Reading This Week:

RootsTech 2014 Recap

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Conference Talks

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks


1. Wells, Kristie, Photo of Anne Gillespie Mitchell at RootsTech, 7 Feb 2014. Copy help by Anne Gillespie Mitchell, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], California, 2014.

Slides from RootsTech Presentations –Motivation Monday

Myself and Lou Szucs at RootsTech 2014

Myself and Lou Szucs at RootsTech 2014

I presented two lectures at RootsTechs 2014:

  • Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
  • Putting Your Ancestors in Historical Perspective: Extracting Stories from Military Records on Ancestry.com and Fold3

If you were there and would like a copy of my slides or are interested you can find the PDF’s on my Slides and Presentations page.

Hallowed Ground! Driving Your Research! Muses! — It’s Follow Friday!

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Conference Talk
52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

Poll Taxes! Conferences! Land of Enchantment! It’s Follow Friday

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What I’ve Been Writing This Week:

Conference Talks

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

Marriage Problems! Censors! Maps! It’s Follow Friday. Well, Monday

OK, so this one is a little late, but better late than never.  I was at SLIG last week and I took Researching the South with J Mark Lowe which was great fun and very educational!  More to come on that later in the week.

What You Might Have Missed
What I’ve Been Writing This Past Week:
52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Posts

Writing Challenges! Photographs! The Golden State! — It’s Follow Friday!

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What I’ve Been Writing

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52ancestors

An Introduction and Recap from 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

Amy Johnson Crow has challenged the genealogy blogosphere to write about 52 Ancestors in 52 weeks.  Here are 3 posts to get you up to date.

Some of My Favorite 52 Ancestors Posts

What We Must Remember. Gettysburg. Kennedy. It’s Follow Friday


Headline from November 23, 1963. Found on Newspapers.com

What I’ve been reading this week:

And my one contribution to the genealogy world this week:

Remembering Those Who Served and More. It’s Follow Friday!

I know that it is Monday, but I am way behind!

What I found interesting this week:

where-i-beenWhat I’ve written this week:

Places I’ve Been, Places They’ve Been: Tuesday’s Tip

This map from Visited States Map Generator has popped up in my Facebook feed multiple times, so I had to make one.  It’s a map!  Who could resist?

where-i-beenColor codes:

  • Green — I’ve lived there
  • Blue — I’ve spent significant time there
  • Orange — I’ve spent at least a night there, most likely more
  • Red (or is that pink?) I’ve at least driven through and experienced the state
  • White — Never been.  Alaska should be there as well.  And I need to get to the Northeast corner of the country.  How have they not been on my travel schedule?

I thought it might be interesting to build the map from a genealogy point of view.  My ancestors once they arrived in this country, mostly in the 1700’s, were not very migratory. So my map is fairly blank.

ancestorsBut here are the color codes that I used:

  • Blue — My paternal ancestors
  • Green — My maternal ancestors
  • Orange – Both paternal and maternal ancestors
  • Red — Places where a lot of descendants of my ancestors migrated to, not including my director ancestors

From my research my maternal side came came into the country from South Carolina and migrated over time into North Carolina.  My paternal side seems to have come in through Pennsylvania and migrated down into Virginia and North Carolina.   I believe some of them came into Virginia ports as well.  But that is just a suspicion.

I would love to seem maps from people who have families who were wanderers.  Play around on Visited States Map Generator and see what you come up with.

Happy Mapping!

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