Most Wanted: Photos, Documents, etc.

One of my goals for this website is the share the results of my research and facilitate the exchange of information with other family members and researchers.  With your help, I hope to make this as complete a history as possible of the families represented.  If you have a connection to our family, I would […]

WordPress-TNG Mashup a Success

Update:  I no longer use the mashup described below.  I’m now using the TNG/Wordpress plug-in available here. ______________________________________________________________________________________ Finally, the new look of the website, with WordPress and TNG integrated is unveiled! As I posted a few weeks ago, I was attempting to follow directions to integrate WordPress and TNG.  I had a few problems, […]

Tombstone Tuesday: Unexpected Cemetery Find

As I was driving past Mount Sumach Cemetery this weekend, I happened to notice a headstone with my last name.  I almost didn’t stop, because I could tell from the road that it was a relatively modern stone.  However, it was Saturday afternoon and I had time, so I turned around.  The stone in question […]

Footnote Find: Mary Ellis Pension File

I‘ve been toying with the idea of a Footnote subscription for some time and have even taken advantage of their seven-day free trial a few times.  I finally decided to go for it.  The item I found this morning makes it all worthwhile. I’ve been researching my ancestor, Walter Ellis, Revolutionary War Veteran, in preparation […]

Most Wanted: Barbara Baxter Kendrick

My g-g-grandmother’s name was Barbara Baxter.  I have very little information about her. She was married to Francis Marion Kendrick on 16 Apr 1871. I can place the two of them, along with various children, in the 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 censuses, always living in the Alaculsey District of Murray County, Georgia.  She […]

Organizing Digital Photos with Metadata

As mentioned a few days ago, I recently lost all the photo links in my genealogy database; this also included losing the source data for those photos.  I’ve been uploading my photos, and since I want them to be properly cited, I’ve been searching for the source records.  To aid in future recovery projects, as […]

Citing Tombstones as a Source Reference

I recently bought a copy of Elizabeth Shown Mills’ fabulous book Evidence Explained (e-book available for download on Footnote.com) and have spent the evening creating citations for events sourced from tombstones that I have personally photographed. It’s a simple format and by copying, pasting, and editing, I was able to create citations for over 40 […]

Easy Source Citations

I spent many years in academia, so proper source citations are important to me.  I love my database software because it automatically builds footnotes, linked to sources, based on form entries; however, I’ve been a bit frustrated because the citation form wasn’t available for photos, documents, etc. I’ve recently discovered EasyBib, which creates MLA citations […]

Most Wanted – Newton Coleman Ward in Birmingham, AL

Ward Johnson genealogy

According to my grandmother, her father spent time in Birmingham working as a streetcar driver.  I can place him in Georgia during each census year, so this would have been during an “in-between” time. Newt and my great-grandmother were married in 1909.  They were courting at the time this picture was taken; they are the […]

The Moral of the Story. . .

Since my last post, I’ve decided to completely redo both the genealogy site and the blog and now I’m left with a mess that includes not only a partially functioning database and loss of all my media links, but also a renewed determination to make this thing work like I want it to. The Backstory […]