Archive for the 'Genealogy Tips' Category

In Memoriam

May 17th, 2013

It is with the deepest sadness and a profound sense of loss that we report the death of our friend and colleague Carolyn L. Barkley. Carolyn was the creative force behind our blog,, but she was so much more. She wrote hundreds of articles for the blog, always emphasizing both the conventional and the most current electronic […]

Searching for Your Collegiate Ancestor

May 2nd, 2013

By: Carolyn L. Barkley With the advent of May, many families are busily planning to attend the graduation exercises for various family members. Such occasions prompt us to consider the role of a college education in the lives of our ancestors. In my own family, my mother, father and I are the only individuals who […]

NERGC – Conference Summary

April 20th, 2013

by Carolyn L. Barkley By the end of the third day of any conference, my brain needs some quiet down time in order to process all of the new information to which I’ve been exposed; my feet hurt; I have finally figured out the layout for the conference meeting spaces. I have found that such […]

NERGC – Day 2

April 19th, 2013

by Carolyn L. Barkley My favorite experience from this second day of the New England Regional Genealogical Conference was my early morning lecture entitled “Where the Waters Meet – Exploring Greater Quabbin’s History and Natural History,” which was presented by Michael Tougias, author of several books about New England history and natural history. The morning […]


April 18th, 2013

by Carolyn L. Barkley I’m writing this evening from my hotel room in Manchester, New Hampshire, at the end of day one of the New England Regional Genealogical Conference: “Woven in History – the Fabric of New England.” Although I have lived in Virginia for many years (with brief stops in Pennsylvania and West Virginia along […]

Scotland’s Old Parochial Registers

April 11th, 2013

By: Carolyn L. Barkley One of the three “C’s” of Scottish research is church records (the other two being census and civil registration). One of the most extensive collections of church records can be found in the Old Parochial Registers (OPR), which document births/baptisms, marriages/proclamations, and deaths/burials in the Church of Scotland (Presbyterian) from the […]

Smile! Using Photographs in Your Research

April 4th, 2013

By: Carolyn L. Barkley Technology in today’s world embraces us with multiple ways to capture a moment in our family’s story: iPhone, iPad, video or digital SLR camera, etc. Although photography has enjoyed a long history, photographs have been available to the average individual for a short period of time, historically speaking. The basic principles […]

There but For Grace…Vital Records Can Surprise You

March 25th, 2013

By: Carolyn L. Barkley My maternal great-grandmother, Grace Lillian (Dodd) Smith, is not someone lost in the deep recesses of my family tree. I knew her well. Born to Frederic/k Oliver and Katie/Catherine/Kate E. (Duncan) Dodd on 20 July 1865 in New Haven, Connecticut, Grace died in 1963, when I was sixteen years old. My […]

RootsTech – Day 3 with a Look Back at the Conference

March 23rd, 2013

The final day of RootsTech 2013 has been as interesting as the previous two days, with surprises along the way such as the interesting mix of conferences which co-existed in the Salt Palace Conference Center today – genealogists, tattoo artists and Harley riders – a pretty eclectic mix with attendees who were pretty easy to […]

RootsTech 2013 Conference – Day 2

March 22nd, 2013

by Carolyn L. Barkley Today at the conference began with more exciting news about the future of genealogy. One of the morning’s keynote speakers was Tim Sullivan, President and CEO of I thought it was pretty exciting when he announced that the Ancestry community now serves 2.7 million subscribers and that the site provides […]