Archive for March, 2013

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 […]

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 […]