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:
I know that it is Monday, but I am way behind!
What I found interesting this week:
What I’ve written this week:
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?
- 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.
But 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.
I create Five Minute Find videos for Ancestry.com
I’ve added 3 more to the How To Videos page:
- Are You a Hints Power User : Overwhelmed by your Ancestry.com hints? Spend five minutes with Anne Gillespie Mitchell and you’ll learn how hints power users get the most of their hints.
- Hidden Treasures in Your State : Changing where you look for your ancestors can break through brick walls. Spend five minutes with Anne Gillespie Mitchell and learn how to find collections and records specific to the state where your ancestor lived.
- Nosy About the Neighbors : It is important to put your ancestors in context. Putting them in context of the people who lived nearby reveals the type of community they lived in. And these are the people they gossiped about! You have to know…
What I found interesting this week:
Some Educational Opportunities:
Martha Spencer was a lovely lady. She contacted me out of the blue to share information with me about my father — they had both been students at Lexington High School. (The Gift of Yearbook Pages) The images and memories she shared with me were priceless. She also gathered other pieces of information that fit into my genealogical puzzle. All of this without compensation. She just enjoyed doing it.
Honor Court, Lexington High School 1954, Martha Spencer and Gil Gillespie, in the back row
I had breakfast with my uncle, Reverend Horace Douty a few weeks back and he mentioned Martha Spencer and the sad news that she had passed away. She had been working with him on his second book about Rockbridge County, doing genealogical research for him.
Martha passed away July 13, 2013, leaving behind brothers and sisters.
I am sad she is gone, but I am very glad that I knew her even though it was a brief time.
And her selfless kindness I shall use as an inspiration. One should always be happy to help.
Thank you Martha and God Bless.
I believe Revolutionary Voices is going to be great project. But they need a little bit of help still.
Go to Revolutionary Voices on Kickstarter and learn more. And maybe kick in a couple of bucks. Every little bit helps!
I’ve not been posting for a couple of weeks. I’ve been traveling a lot. I presented to about 1000 people at the Midwest Genealogy Center’s Ancestry Day and I’m now at Roots Tech 2013.
Also, I’ve been ramping up a new blog for Ancestry.com called Ancestry Reference Desk (http://www.ancestry-reference-desk.com) My goal, is to create a teaching blog/site to help people who use Ancestry.com and Fold3 in libraries how to be more effective. But the posts and other links we put up will apply to anyone. Check it out and let me know what you think!
Here’s a few articles you may have missed lately:
And From Ancestry Reference Desk