David Sanford Butler’s Funeral Book – Treasure Chest Thursday

Dave Butler Funeral Program-Cover

I got a new item for my Treasure Chest last week.  My uncle found a memory book from the funeral of David Sanford Butler.  Dave was my grandmother’s grandfather and since I’m the keeper of the family history, my uncle brought the book to me (yay!). I’ve never seen anything quite like this.  It’s cardboard, […]

7 Reasons You Should Attend SCGS Jamboree

Today is the last day for early-bird registration to the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree.  Jamboree will he held June 8-10 in Burbank, California, with two “pre-events” to be held on June 7.  If you are on the fence, here are 7 reasons to attend: Rock-Star Speakers – Megan Smolenyak, Josh Taylor, Curt Wicher, and so […]

Real Genealogists Don’t Copy and Paste

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I‘ve had the unfortunate experience recently of discovering that a great deal of content from Tonia’s Roots has been copied and pasted elsewhere, without my permission.  I suppose this is a sign of the times we live in; it is so easy to copy and paste that people don’t think they need to do their […]

Genealogical Maturity Model – 2012 Assessment

Late in 2009, the Ancestry Insider started a series of posts proposing a self-assessment model for genealogists, which culminated in the Genealogical Maturity Model.  While I don’t agree with all the descriptions, it can be a useful way to measure one’s skill set.  I’ve used the tool before, but did not keep a record of […]

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – yDNA from a Maternal Line

Ward Johnson Genealogy

Randy Seaver’s challenge this week is to: Find a living male person in your database from your maternal grandfather’s patrilineal line who could take a Y-DNA test. Answer these questions: 1) What was your mother’s father’s name? 2) What is your mother’s father’s patrilineal line? That is, his father’s father’s father’s … back to the […]

Goals for an Organized Research Process

One of our first topics in US Records Study Group was “Organizing and Evaluating Research Findings.”  When people talk about “being organized,” I think they are often referring to the physical “stuff”:  the documents, photos, and artifacts that they have accumulated.  Can any of this stuff be located at a moments notice? I have a […]

Techy Stuff for Genealogy

We’re talking about computers & technology in US-REC Study Group.  We have chapters to read in Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy and in The Source, but honestly, I learn more tech tips from my genea-friends than books could ever cover.  So, in the spirit of sharing, here are some of the tech tools I use […]