Ancestry Errata – Drat the Rats

Yum-yum CROW! We here, must admit to publishing two doses of bad data. They have been corrected on their respective posts “Our Anecdotal Jewishness” and “Alexander Ancestry: The Great Wall of Margaret” We can be acutely aware of an underlying hazard that might lead to reading an item incorrectly and go on to perceive it … Continue reading Ancestry Errata – Drat the Rats

Not My Ancestor: Maybe Yours?

This column will be continuously updated as time permits, but is not for my usual blog readers. It is just data; no story.  Leads we chase in research often result in dead-end, as far as our own needs are concerned. The path is sometimes convoluted by data gaps or inconsistencies. A heap of work is … Continue reading Not My Ancestor: Maybe Yours?

Writing Genealogy: Use Your Ancestor’s Idiom: If From Logging Camps, of West Central Scots, or Otherwise

Scrap bins and scrapbooks. Hmm. Words, like items can be scrapped. Or, they evolve. Heirlooms, they are! Under this blogs’ button “Memories” is a discussion on the subset “From the logging camps.” There, one will find the steamer known as “Princess Maquinna”, the tugboat “Fairbanks”, several Shay steam locomotives, “Steam Donkey”, “Speeder” and logging train … Continue reading Writing Genealogy: Use Your Ancestor’s Idiom: If From Logging Camps, of West Central Scots, or Otherwise

Census & BMD: Rooms, With One or More Windows

There is much to write about on window count in genealogy; why do we know about it, and what did it mean for our ancestor. Scotland's Census 1861 was the first to ask household heads to report “number of rooms, with one or more windows”. 1 The answer was captured in the far right column … Continue reading Census & BMD: Rooms, With One or More Windows

Writing Genealogy: Use the Kitchen Sink

So you have some data – maybe a lot – where your research has turned out to belong to an unrelated person or event. Delete it? Perish the thought!  Time is money, or at least, usable tidbit. If you just want a family tree, a list of names, dates and occupations, this is not for … Continue reading Writing Genealogy: Use the Kitchen Sink

Writing Genealogy: Starting Off

The moment we sit down to begin a genealogical journey, we realize we should have started long ago, actually penning to paper, in real-time, what our dearly departed had vocalized. That is especially true for the faceless; those ancestors, we never met.  What commonly happened was this; Grandfather identified his grandmother by name, and thereafter, … Continue reading Writing Genealogy: Starting Off

Writing Genealogy – Intro

  Finding ancestor tidbits. Organizing. Writing. Citing. Publishing. Copyright. ETC. The easiest question will be this: if one is only interested in drawing a family tree, why worry about documenting sources? Why write about it? The answer is in the continuous budding one hopes, for that tree. The next generation to dig into its roots … Continue reading Writing Genealogy – Intro