Happy Thanksgiving 2020!
This is a wish that you had a Happy Thanksgiving in 2020. Hopefully you were able to celebrate with those in your household and reach out to other family by the multiple ways available to us electronically today. We’re blessed to have so many options to socially connect. Imagine what it was like in 1918 when people had to physically distance and many did not even have a telephone as a way to reach out. Hopefully we’ll never have to experience anything like this year again.
Sometimes we need to look at where we’ve been to better understand where we are going. Gazetteers and Maps can be the tools that help us in our search for our ancestors’ lives. Whether you are trying to find a hometown or better understand the history of an area, let’s look at resources for these tools.
It seems like once we are in November the flurry of holidays is upon us…even with this strange year of 2020. One of the holidays that often gets overlooked is Veterans Day. All of us owe a debt to veterans for putting their lives on the line, putting their lives on hold, and sacrificing so much for their country and for us. As genealogists, we likely have at least one, if not several, ancestors who served. Let’s look at some resources to help us understand their military service.
If you have tried to read Latin vital records, you know that it can really become a tangle. Not only are you dealing with a ‘dead’ language, but you also need to decipher old script, poor handwriting, and unfamiliar abbreviations. Let’s look at some ways to tackle this.
With a lifelong passion for genealogy and history, the author enjoys the opportunity to share genealogy tidbits, inspiring others to research and write their family story.