Uncle Worth’s Burial Permit

Worth Ward Burial Permit

This is the permit to bury my grandmother’s only brother.  I’m excited about this record for a couple of reasons.  For one thing, I’d never seen a burial permit before; I had no idea so much good genealogical information would be included.  For another, it corroborates my grandmother’s story about her brother’s death. Analysis of […]

#31WBGB: Make List Posts Work for Your Genealogy Blog


Welcome to Week 2 of 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog! If you are just joining us, you can read the kick-off post here. For week 2, we are focusing on list posts.  You are probably familiar with list posts; they have been a part of successful blog-writing for a long time. 4 Reasons […]

#31WBGB: My Elevator Pitch

Elevator Pitch

Our first challenge in “31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog” is writing an elevator pitch –  a short introduction to your blog that can be expressed in the space of an elevator ride.  This was much harder than I anticipated, but I think it will all be downhill from here. My Elevator Pitch At […]

Thar’s Gold in Them Thar Hills


I made an interesting discovery while working on census records for some of the Pattersons/Chapmans.  I was looking at the 1840 record for my fourth great-grand uncle, Joseph Patterson (born 1790/1794).  The 1840 census is two pages wide, so make sure you always look at that second page.  I almost missed this find, myself, and […]

#31WBGB: Write an Elevator Pitch for Your Blog


Welcome to Week 1 of 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog! If you are just joining us, you can read the kick-off post here. This week’s topic and action item is to write an elevator pitch for your blog. What’s an Elevator Pitch? What’s an elevator pitch, you ask? It’s a brief overview that […]

Top 7 Things On My Genea-Bucket List

Randy Seaver has come up with a great challenge for this week’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to: Knowing that a “Bucket List” is a wish list of things to do before death: 1) What is on your Genealogy Bucket List? What research locations do you want […]

July To-Dos


I cut back my to-do list for June and ended up exceeding my expectations almost two-fold.  For July, I’m increasing my list just a bit, but not to the level it was in the spring. Research Continue working on the Patterson/Chapman lines from last month. edited to add:  Use research log Organization Do some database […]