23 and Me – My first thoughts

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I received my 23 and Me DNA results a few days ago and I wanted to get some of my thoughts on “paper.” First of all,  I didn’t realize when I ordered the kit that it included health as well as genetic results.  I found out about the health component, but wasn’t really interested.  Then, […]

March Genealogy To-Dos

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Here is my to-do list for March, mapped to my annual goals. Research I really enjoyed focusing on the Forresters last month, so I’m going to continue the idea of working on one family for March – the Wards. Census project: do the 1930 and 1920 transcriptions and analyses for Newton Coleman Ward; if I […]

Genealogy To-Dos: February Wrap-Up

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I got a lot done in February, but it didn’t exactly coincide with my to-do list. Research Forrester research: I got an email from a new-found Forrester cousin last month with a good bit of census information. I want to follow up on this and test her conclusions to see if I agree. My brick-wall […]

Census Research Checklist

The fifth lesson in the NGS Home Study Course is about census records.  I use census records all the time and didn’t learn anything new; however, as with most of the lessons so far, doing the assignments brought out holes in my research. The first assignment in this lesson is to create a census research […]

Hemphills in the Neighborhood

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While transcribing 1930 census records for the 50 households surrounding James A. Hemphill, I found two households headed by his relatives.  I wasn’t surprised to find them, because I knew where their houses were in relation to my great-grandparents, but it was nice how the census work came together and saved me from searching specifically […]

February Genealogy To-Dos

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Here is my to-do list for February, mapped to my annual goals. Research Forrester research:  I got an email from a new-found Forrester cousin last month with a good bit of census information.  I want to follow up on this and test her conclusions to see if I agree.  My brick-wall ancestor appears to be […]

Genealogy To-Dos – January Wrap-Up

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I got about 90% of my to-do list completed, so I call that a good month. Research Process 5 headstone photos from the cemeteries I visited last Autumn (this includes entering data into RootsMagic, (possibly) writing Tombstone Tuesday posts, and adding the photos to TNG). – Done.  I finished Chatsworth Heights Cemetery and started Ballground […]

Research Plan: Finding marriage record for William West and Leaty Lankford

I promised myself that I would start writing research plans this year, specifically one per month.  Here is my first attempt: Objective: To locate a marriage license or other record of William West’s and Leaty Lankford’s marriage. Proven facts: They were married (as stated on both their death certificates). They had a two-year-old child on […]