Archive for the 'Genealogy Tips' Category

RootsTech 2013 Conference – Day 1

March 22nd, 2013

Imagine – 6,700 genealogists (and that’s just those who pre-registered) in one building for a conference! The RootsTech conference is the largest of its kind held in the United States, with attendees from forty-nine states (what’s wrong with Delaware and why didn’t even one person attend from the “first state?”) and seventeen countries, with another 10,000 participating […]

A Look at Northern Ireland Research

March 14th, 2013

By: Carolyn L. Barkley   I have to admit that I find Irish research more difficult than other immigrant-related genealogy. It is not enough to know the unique record categories of Irish genealogy – Title Applotments, Griffith’s Valuation, and the Spinning Wheel Premium Bounty List–to name only a few. Instead, to do Irish research well […]

Across Our Northern Border

March 7th, 2013

By: Carolyn L. Barkley   Having just finalized a hotel reservation for a trip to Fergus, Ontario, for the summer, I realized that many of us in the United States know little about the history and genealogical research of our neighbor to the north. We need to rectify this shortcoming, particularly if our research has […]

Genealogy Connect – Ask For It at Your Local Library

February 28th, 2013

By: Carolyn L. Barkley I’d like to introduce you to a new product from Gale/Cengage Learning – Genealogy Connect. This product currently provides online access to 579 titles from (the parent company of Genealogical Publishing Company and Clearfield). Over the next twelve to eighteen months, the collection is projected to grow to over 1,500 […]

Planning a Successful Research Trip

February 22nd, 2013

By: Carolyn L. Barkley The 2013 RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City is just a month way (March 21-23). If you are planning to attend, surely you will also be planning to squeeze in as many hours at the Family History Library as possible. Planning is essential. Planning an effective and efficient research trip has […]

Thoughts about St. Valentine’s Day

February 14th, 2013

By: Carolyn L. Barkley When I was in elementary school, February was fun. First, the month was short. Then to make it seem even shorter, Massachusetts schools had an entire week off ( known, obviously, as “February vacation”) and we lost it only if we had already experienced an excessive number of snow days). Best […]

The British Newsletter Archives – A Rich Documentary Resource

February 11th, 2013

By: Carolyn L. Barkley We should never underestimate the ability of newspapers to add detail to our research or, perhaps, loosen the mortar in a research brick wall. I recently had a critical breakthrough after forty years of searching – with no success – for information about the family of my great-great-grandmother (Kate Dodd, née […]

Did They Really Serve? A Civil War Research Cautionary Tale

January 31st, 2013

By: Carolyn L. Barkley If you are a regular reader you know that the Civil War era and research in its records are passions of mine. I have written about my two Dodd ancestors who served in the 6th Connecticut Infantry and my Smith ancestor who did not serve and my effort to find out […]

Cemeteries and Gravestone Care

January 24th, 2013

By: Carolyn L. Barkley In April 2012, I posted an article about cemetery research resources. This fall, as I visited cemeteries in both Massachusetts and Virginia, I was reminded how much I enjoy walking their paths, surveying the gravestones, and gleaning family information where I can. As I walked in a Virginia cemetery with a […]

Evidence Explained – a Closer Look

January 17th, 2013

By: Carolyn L. Barkley This article marks the fifth anniversary (and the 259th article) of   There is something about the dark days of winter that turns our thoughts to organizing our piles of family documents, artifacts and research notes. This year I am determined to do more than think about the project, as […]