FindAGrave.com

I started contributing to FindAGrave.com this week.  It's a wonderful tool for research, and decided I needed to contribute to the website.  Check out my profile.  Currently I'm working on my Dad's side of the family, so I've added Lightcap, Strelesky, Sanders, and Uhlrich records. … [Read more...]

Random Acts of Genealogy Kindness

My ggg-grandfather was married to Mary Smith. I never focused much on her because, well, her name was Smith. Anyway, I should have focused on her side sooner since I've discovered so much about them the past couple of months - ever since I received her father's War of 1812 pension records. I discovered through these records that Mary's mother was Rebecca Firestone. Rebecca's father is Daniel Firestone. Fortunately, there's been a lot of research done on the Firestones - just not Rebecca descendants.  That's been left up to me, but that's okay, I'm up to the challenge.  … [Read more...]

Family History

I’ve been researching my family history for about 10 years, give or take.  About 5 years ago, I gave up using software that needed to be installed on a computer. Instead I use ancestry.com’s system.  It allows for me to collaborate with my mom about research and let other family members look at it.  If it was only on my computer, I would not have the collaborative opportunity.  Whether this is  a good or bad thing is open to debate. Anyway, one of the drawbacks to using a proprietary system like ancestry.com is that those who are not subscribers cannot access … [Read more...]

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