Archive for April, 2013

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 […]