Connect. Explore. Refresh. FGS 2015

FGS 2015 Ambassador

The theme for the FGS 2015 Conference in Salt Lake City is “Connect. Explore. Refresh.” What does that mean to me? Connect The first genealogy conference I attended was FGS 2010 in Knoxville, Tennessee. This is where I found my tribe. People who were not only “interested” in genealogy, but who were serious about it. […]

Marriage and Death Notices from Asheville, N. C. Newspapers 1840-1870

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When I was at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City in March, I found a book called Marriage and Death Notices from Extant Asheville, N. C. Newspapers 1840-1870 An Index.  It is “an alphabetical index, by surnames, to 432 marriages and 1,181 death notices appearing in extant copies of” seven different newspapers, published […]

My First Trip to the Family History Library

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A couple of weeks ago, I went to Salt Lake City for the 3rd RootsTech conference. While the conference was fun and interesting, the highlight of my trip was the Family History Library. I knew it would be. I arrived in Salt Lake City about 2:30 MDT and after checking into my hotel, immediately walked […]

Treasure Chest Thursday: Marriage of Ben Hemphill and Martha Lytle

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On this date in 1854, my 3rd great-grandfather, Benjamin Burgin Hemphill, obtained a marriage bond in McDowell County, North Carolina to celebrate his marriage to Martha E. Lytle.  I have looked high and low for this piece of evidence and finally found it on microfilm a few weeks ago. The bondsman was G. W. Lytle, […]

My First FHL Film – Score!

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A few weeks ago I ordered my first microfilm from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.  I had put off using this enormous resource, because my nearest Family History Centers were 45 minutes to an hour away from my home and I didn’t want to “waste” two hours of my limited research […]

Family History Skills: Family and Published Sources

I’m slowly working my way through the online “Family History Skills” course offered by the National Genealogical Society.  I just finished Lesson Two:  Family and Published Sources and I really learned a lot.  This lessson covers Published Sources, Finding Published Sources, and Source Citations.  The second section:  Finding Published Sources was the most valuable to me.  […]