January Genealogy To-Dos

1 January 2011 And More

A new year and a new month have begun!  Here is my to-do list for January, mapped to my annual goals. 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). Process 2 marriage bonds from […]

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Genealogy To-Dos – December Wrap-up

31 December 2010 And More

I started out this month by saying that I was being somewhat less ambitious, but hopefully more realistic with my to-do list for December.  I didn’t quite pull that off. Writing Write 8 blog posts (not including “On this date” posts). – This will be my 14th post for December – gold star! Research Process […]

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3rd Blogiversary – A Year in Review

27 December 2010 And More

Last week marked the 3-year anniversary of the blog portion of Tonia’s Roots (the “Family Tree” section started a few months earlier).  While I didn’t plan it, I like the fact that the anniversary is near year-end, because it is a perfect time to reflect on the year’s accomplishments and start thinking about what I […]

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Treasure Chest Thursday: Hemphill-Morrison Marriage

23 December 2010 Analysis

On 01 April 1928, Jim Hemphill and Leo Morrison were joined in the holy bonds of matrimony. They were married in Murray County, Georgia. Jim was my grandfather’s eldest brother. Analysis From this record, I learned the date and place of Jim and Leo’s wedding.  This also gave me a primary source for Leo’s surname […]

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The Genealogical Proof Standard in Action

20 December 2010 And More

One of the classes I attended at FGS was “The Genealogical Proof Standard in Action!” presented by Elizabeth Shown Mills.  This is probably the class that I looked forward to the most and it did not disappoint. She started out with an overview of sound research practices and the GPS. Credible proof requires: thorough research […]

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Laura McIntyre: Analysis of a Death Certificate

17 December 2010 Analysis

I discovered this death certificate by searching on the surname “McEntire” at FamilySearch (see my post about “Finding GA Death Certificates from 1928 to 1930“).  I immediately recognized the parents’ name and a quick look in my database confirmed my suspicion that I did not know about this daughter. Since Laura is a new person, […]

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Planning Reasonably Exhaustive Research

13 December 2010 And More

Does anyone besides me get overwhelmed when thinking about “reasonably exhaustive” research?  What exactly is reasonably exhaustive?  How much is enough?  When do you stop? I attended a great lecture at FGS, by Tom Jones, that addressed these issues.  As the title says, the lecture focused on “Planning Reasonably Exhaustive Research,” so, of course, it […]

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Essential Skills for Transcribing

10 December 2010 Research

Following are some of my notes from the lecture “Essential Skills for Transcribing and Abstracting,” presented by Linda Woodward Geiger at FGS. Information should be collected efficiently, accurately, and dispassionately. The source is scrupulously acknowledged.  Put the citation on the front of documents, not the back, and add to metadata of digital copies. Photocopies, printouts, […]

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Treasure Chest Thursday: Hemphill-Quarles Marriage

9 December 2010 Analysis

On 31 July 1931, Elmer Hemphill and Bessie Quarles were joined in the holy bonds of matrimony. They were married in Murray County, Georgia. Elmer was my maternal grandfather’s elder brother. Analysis From this record, I learned Bessie’s surname. I also learned the date and place of their marriage. It’s interesting that Bessie was a […]

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The 1930 Household of Frances T. Kendrick

6 December 2010 Analysis

Census abstract1: Frances T. Kendrick, Head, rented home, lives on a farm, male, white, age 53, married, age at first marriage was 25, did not attend school during the year, literate, b. GA, father b. TN, mother b. GA, English speaker, farmer on a farm, worked on his own account, employed, not a veteran, farm […]

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