Archive for the 'Genealogy Tips' Category

Privateers and Letters of Marque

November 1st, 2012

By: Carolyn L. Barkley If you are even a little bit of a music “folkie,” you may be familiar with the words of Canadian Stan Rogers’ classic Barrett’s Privateers. Oh, the year was 1778, how I wish I was in Sherbrooke now! A letter of Marque came from the king To the scummiest vessel I’d […]

Century Farms – a Heritage Worth Preserving

October 26th, 2012

by Carolyn L. Barkley In the past, the United States was primarily an agrarian nation. Farm-life was a shared experience for an overwhelming percentage of the population, with the family farm a valued possession. Today, the family farm is disappearing as modern economic pressures make it less and less possible for a few individuals to […]

The Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy

October 18th, 2012

By: Carolyn L. Barkley   One of the benefits of researching and writing a weekly article is the discovery of wonderful websites. The Yale Law School Lillian Goldman Law Library’s The Avalon Project is one such discovery. There is no “about us” page providing the background of this remarkable site–and background information on its development […]

A Look at

October 11th, 2012

By: Carolyn L. Barkley I freely admit that I don’t leap to use new technology as soon as it is available. I’m a lurker, waiting until most of the “bugs,” either real or perceived, are identified and resolved. For example, I do own an iPad (practically an extension of my right hand), but I purchased […]

Did Your Ancestor Travel The Trail of Tears?

October 5th, 2012

By: Carolyn L. Barkley History is full of parallels, but they sometimes crop up unexpectedly. I am currently reading David Craig’s On the Crofters’ Trail (Birlinn, 2010) on the Highland clearances of the early to mid-nineteenth century. The author links these Scottish clearances to others that occurred in Europe and the Middle-East, but I was […]

Attic Tales

September 27th, 2012

By: Carolyn L. Barkley A basic element of any beginning genealogy course is the admonition to begin with what you know, particularly information contained in documents and photos that are part of your family archives, and information from interviews with older family members. I suspect that many of us, despite our best intentions, leave this […]

Road Orders

September 20th, 2012

by Carolyn L. Barkley When I was growing up in Massachusetts, I spent summers in Hampshire County. In those days, it seemed as if the roads were always being resurfaced. This worked occasioned many grumpy comments from my grandfather who would have preferred not to get the paint on his Buick Roadmaster nicked by the […]

The Statistical Accounts of Scotland Adding Detail to Your Research

September 11th, 2012

By: Carolyn L. Barkley I am still enjoying my vacation in Scotland, so here is another updated article from the blog archive. New article next week.   Recent advertisements on television suggest that family research is as easy as entering a few names and dates and following the green leaves to your genealogical destiny. While […]

“Tote that bale…” Our Ancestors at Work

September 7th, 2012

By: Carolyn L. Barkley   In honor of the Labor Day holiday (and my vacation in Scotland!), I have updated an article that appeared in this blog several years ago.   Labor Day symbolizes the end of the “carefree days” of summer. Contrary to its name, the holiday is often seen as a day of […]

Kinship: It’s All Relative

August 30th, 2012

By:  Carolyn L. Barkley As a young child, I was often confused about my relatives. My grandmother (my mother’s mother) died long before I was born; my great-grandmother lived with my grandfather. Because I called her “Grandma” (and they both seemed very old in my young mind), I was startled one day to discover that […]