I recently watched a great PBS show which talked about women homesteaders in the Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota area. Our ancestors were nothing less than remarkable in their determination and persistence to better their lives.
Tracking our female ancestors can be a daunting proposition. They are often referred by everything but their entire name: “Mrs.” or “wife of” or “daughter of” with no seeming identity of their own. Who were these women? They were more than their wives, sisters, or daughters. Occasionally we are fortunate to find their full name in marriage records, baptisms, and wills. One place that you might not have considered for your female ancestor is in land records, particularly homestead records. Let’s explore a few ways where your female ancestor might show up.
Do people send postcards these days when they are on vacation? I don’t but I know I still buy a few to remember the scenic beauty of a place and to use in my photo album. Most people probably send a text or email home or post items on Facebook. And what about the rare art of letter writing? Remember how fun it was to receive a long letter from a friend or relative with all the news? Now we use text, emails, or cell phones to stay in touch. Perhaps these help us to be diligent in our correspondence. Regardless of how our ancestors, friends and family kept/keep in touch, we need to think about capturing that information was we write our family histories. Let’s look
With the extreme heat, smoke, and humidity this week, I’ve had no excuse to put off gathering research and analyzing the information. I’m particularly interested in finding my ancestor’s mother’s death record. This record has eluded me and so I’ve turned to researching my ancestor’s siblings and families in space and time. I know that the parent didn’t travel to the United States, so the mystery lies with her children and grandchildren. By finding more information about them, I hope to find where this mystery lady is in space and time.
A recent trip to Minneapolis made me appreciate the less busy highways of my region. With summer construction and more travelers, it was certainly a challenge navigating these roads. It made me wonder about the travels and possible vacations of my ancestors. Depending on where they lived and their social-economic status there were likely some trips to visit relatives or other states. Some may have ventured back across the ocean to the homeland. Let’s look at ways to find this information.
Do you spend time laser-focused on a specific branch of your family? An individual? Or perhaps you hop from ancestor to another as the spirit takes you? All of these are fine if you are capturing the source information so that six months, ten years or more you or a descendant will know where you got your information. Let’s look at revisiting our research.
Wishing you all a very Happy 4th of July! Enjoy time with family and friends and the warm days of summer! Perhaps you'll have new stories to share in your family history!
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During the pandemic there have been some dedicated souls who have been recording and capturing burial information for their local cemeteries. I remember when this effort was done many years ago by local historical societies. Those efforts were published in books. Now the results of these dedicated hours are published on websites and popular sites like FindAGrave and Billions of Graves. Let’s look at our options for finding family history research in cemetery records.
There’s something satisfying about finding the passenger list/ship record of the arrival of our ancestors to America. It provides that critical connection between the old and new country. Over the years it has become easier to find ancestors on ship records that were delivered by the ship’s captain when they reached port here in the United States and Canada. We’ve talked about many resources in past blogs, and I thought today we could delve into Castle Garden. Let’s look.
As mentioned in past Blogs, I’ve been on a mission to scan, label and update my family history photos for myself and future generations. There are several websites that delve into tools as well as magazine articles that we can explore. This week we’ll check out Vivid-Pix RESTORE to see if this photo editing tool will work for you. Let’s look.
Recently I’ve been searching for additional information about one of my family branches. My default search engine is Microsoft’s Bing. Usually, I’m happy with the search results but sometimes I cannot find a site that I’ve seen before (and forgot to bookmark or save to favorites.) This has reminded me that I should be leveraging other tools to see what else is out there. Each database search result is slightly different. Let’s look.
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.