Archive for the 'Genealogy Tips' Category

What If He Wasn’t a Volunteer? Some Sources for Regular Army Research

August 24th, 2012

by: Carolyn L. Barkley Military records provide interesting details about the life of an ancestor. Don’t stop your search too soon, however, if you failed to locate a specific ancestor in the consolidated service records for volunteer soldiers. He, like Mash’s Sherman Potter, may have been “regular army.” Research into regular army records is not […]

Beyond Amo, Amas, Amat: Latin for Genealogists

August 16th, 2012

by Carolyn L. Barkley I attended junior and senior high school in the 1960s, a decade in which Latin was an accepted part of the curriculum. (Is it even offered any more?) I took Latin for three years and can still remember selected sentences of Julius Caesar – selected because my rather predictable teacher went […]

Remember the Memoirs

August 9th, 2012

by Carolyn L. Barkley  We are the keepers of stories. My musings last week about music, specifically sheet music and its role in our family histories, crystallized my awareness that I am now the eldest person in my family who can remember stories of our past. My mother’s memory is fragile at best, and my […]

Contemplations on Music and Family

August 2nd, 2012

By: Carolyn L. Barkley My recent fourteen-day road trip across country and back gave me plenty of time to muse about a variety of matters and how they may have affected our lives and those of our families. Time and again, my mind pondered the role of music in my family and the continuity it […]

Observations from the Road – Week 2

July 26th, 2012

by Carolyn L. Barkley I have now traveled over 5,000 miles in a car with two other people and we’re still talking to one another. Last week’s article offered some observations and questions from the trip from Virginia to Portland, Oregon. Tonight I am writing from St. Charles, Missouri, just two days from home (and […]

Observations from the Road – Week One

July 20th, 2012

by Carolyn L. Barkley The first week of an extended road trip from Virginia to Portland, Oregon, and back has been completed. My several days in the car, traveling through states which I have never visited previously, have provided me with several interesting observations, while also posing some (possibly unanswerable) questions. I thought I’d share […]

War of 1812 – Resources for the Bicentennial Year

July 12th, 2012

By: Carolyn L. Barkley Did you grow up during the 1950s? If so, perhaps your first introduction to the War of 1812 may have been Johnny Horton’s classic Battle of New Orleans which scored #1 on the Billboard charts in 1959. Perhaps you also learned about some of the other iconic images from this period: […]

July 5th, 2012

by Carolyn L. Barkley I think that great genealogical minds (and modest ones at that) think along the same lines.  Thus this article, which I have had scheduled since the end of May, coincides with Randy Seaver’s Genea-Musings Tuesday’s Tip, dated 3 July.1 I spend much of my time either editing or designing family history-related […]

Genealogy at A Glance – Don’t Go Anywhere Without One

June 29th, 2012

By: Carolyn L. Barkley One of the my disappointments in that past couple of years was the transfer of the Family History Library’s original print Research Outlines to digital versions on the FamilySearch Wiki. Yes, I know that the digital version means easy access no matter where I am, but sometimes a physical copy is […]™ – Don’t Search Without It

June 22nd, 2012

By: Carolyn L. Barkley Mocavo is an interesting word. It rolls comfortably around the tongue, evoking images somehow dark and mysterious. In actuality, it represents a breath of fresh air in the world of search engines and genealogical research. If you are tired of Google searches which yield thousands of hits, most of which are […]