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Female Ancestors, Chancery Records and Deeds

Last weekend, I was in Wytheville, Virginia doing a little research and giving a couple of Lectures.

On Friday, I was lucky enough to spend time at the Wythe County Genealogical and Historical Association Regional Research Center:


This is their new home.  Wonderful building, with lots and lots of great material.  I spent time digging through notes and researching, including this map which has land owned by a John Snavely that I found in Joseph Cameron’s notes.  Not sure which John Snavely this is, but given that the land was sold to Joe Hounshell in 1833 and I have a John Snavely in my records who lived from 1760-1833, I suspect that it is him.  No known relationship, but it is likely it is related to my Snavelys some how.


Then I hopped over to the Wythe County Courthouse, where my cousin Bev Repass Hoch took me down to the basement and I was able to look through original chancery records, wills and deeds. Heaven! These particular deeds were from the early 1800s.   Didn’t find my ancestors in there, but such a joy to look through these records.


The next day, I was lucky enough to present two lectures.  I’ve included links to the PDFs for the slides below.

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I’ll Be Speaking In Virginia on April 2nd!


Will you be in the southern Virginia area the weekend of April 2nd? The Family History Institute of Southwest Virginia will be held Saturday, April 2nd, 2016.

I’ll be presenting two sessions: Researching Women in the South and Proving Kinship with Land and Chancery Records.

You can register for the Family History Institute of Southwest Virginia on the Wythe County Genealogical and Historical Association site for $59.    I was there 2 years ago and it was a whole lot of fun!  Hope to see you there.

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My Family Married Each Other a Lot and Other Musings from RootsTech

When an offhand remark from RootsTech ended up on Twitter, I knew I must have had the attention of a few people!

Four lectures in four days along with a few booth demos of Ancestry Academy left me pretty tired, but it was worth it. Great groups of people in all of my classes – I had a great time.

The more I teach, the more I am convinced, conference goers love methodology. Tell me how to do something! I’m including links for PDFs of all of my talks. And a pointer to the livestream of my search talk.

If you were in my classes, thanks for attending!




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Where You Can Find Me Speaking This Year

bE2_W402_400x400I didn’t get to travel and speak much last year but this year is picking up!   I’m really glad my schedule is allowing it this year.🙂

Here is what I know for sure:

There are also a couple of more that need to be confirmed.

And I have 8 Ancestry Academy classes that are live:


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Upcoming Presentation in Richmond, VA and Slides from Last Week.

I’ll be presenting to the Virginia Genealogy Society in Richmond Virginia on Saturday, April 11: Spring 2015 Conference

I had a great time this past Saturday presenting to the members of San Luis Obispo Genealogy Society.

I’ve posted my slides on my presentations page — check it out : Slides from Past Presentations


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Slides from How To Reveal Your Female Ancestor’s Story on

Here are my slides from How To Reveal Your Female Ancestor’s Story on that I presented Thursday at FGS in San Antonio.  What a fun crowd!


PDF Slides for How To Reveal Your Female Ancestor’s Story on

You will also find blog posts on the people I talked about and other female stories in 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks!

Also, to see slides from my search presentations,  check out Slides and Presentations, specifically: Exhaustively Searching on and Successfully Searching to Reveal Your Ancestor’s Story on


Happy Searching!

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Presentation Slides from Midwestern Roots

I had a great time at Midwestern Roots 2014 in Indianapolis this past weekend!  Lots of enthusiastic and energetic researchers.🙂

I’ve uploaded my presentation slides from my 4 presentations at Midwestern Roots.  Check out the Slides and Presentations Page for the PDF’s of those presentations.

St. Louis Archives Fire

Also, I mentioned that my blog post Ask Ancestry Anne: Why Can’t I find my World War II Veterans Records? might be useful to some of you who were trying to figure out which records were available for World War I and II Veterans.

 If you find any new finds on, Fold3 or  let me know!
Happy Searching!
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Power Point Slides from Wytheville Family History Day and NGS 2014

I presented Successfully Searching for Your Family Story at both Wytheville and NGS.  Here are the slides from those talks.


Searching Successfully to Reveal Your Ancestor’s Story on

Slides from My Talk on Using Military records on and Fold3


Putting Your Ancestors in Historical Perspective: Extracting Stories from Military Records on and Fold3