Posted in Did You Know, Genealogy

Did You Know? Where to Find Basic County Information

Many documents our ancestors left behind were in the counties they lived in.  Birth, Marriage and Death records.  Deeds, Wills and other Probate records.

But when were they first recorded? When was the county created?  What were the parent counties?

The Ancestry Wiki has the answer for all U.S. counties. In the Wiki search box type state name County Resources :

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Once you get to the page, scroll down the page and you’ll find a table on the County Resources page that summarizes basic information that will help guide your research in that county.

county table

 

Great information so you don’t waste time looking for documents that don’t exist.

Posted in Follow Friday

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

Posted in Follow Friday

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

What I Was Writing This Week:

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.
Posted in Motivation Monday

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.

Posted in Follow Friday

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

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Conference Talk
52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks
Posted in Follow Friday

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

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Conference Talks

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

Posted in Follow Friday

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
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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Posts
Posted in Follow Friday

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

What I’ve Been Reading This Week

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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

Posted in Follow Friday

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


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

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And my one contribution to the genealogy world this week:

Posted in Follow Friday

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

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

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