Posts Tagged With: ancestors

The Little Things

I’ve posted about this before but newspapers are such a great resource for genealogical research. Newspapers articles about your ancestor or relative can fill in some gaps when other documents are missing i.e  the 1890 Federal Census. Newspapers can also give you a better understanding of their lives and what life might have been for them in their areas. Sites such as newspapers.com, genealogybank.com, chroniclingamerica.loc.gov , nypl.org have hundreds maybe even thousands of old newspapers your ancestors or relatives might have been mentioned in. You can even just google old newspapers in the specific location you are researching and see what you find. I’ve have browsed multiple newspapers for free by just googling.

This might not seem like much to most but I think it’s pretty cool to see my Great Grandfather Dock Walker name in the paper as well as to know he had a subscription to The Baldwin Times newspaper.

For Family History Month I will be sharing articles I found regarding my family in newspapers as well as other interesting articles and ads in different newspapers to give us a glimpse back in time.

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The Baldwin Times
Bay Minette, Alabama
12 Oct 1950, Thu (newspapers.com)

 

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Mark Every Grave

Have you heard of Mark Every Grave? I believe I came across this in a genealogy facebook group.  Mark Every Grave has a range of sizes and prices starting as low as $25.99 and they ship for free. The markers are made from black granite that can “last forever”. I’ve wanted to get a couple headstones for some unmarked graves but I didn’t want to spend hundreds of dollars but it seems like Mark Every Grave is making it affordable for me to do so. Screen Shot 2019-09-26 at 7.43.55 PM

Have you heard of Mark Every Grave? Have yo purchased a marker from them? What are your thoughts?

 

 

 

 

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Genealogy Humor

Here’s a little genealogy humor to start off a great week!

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BlackProGen LIVE! Ep 82: “You’s a Lie”: Busting Down Myths About African American Family History

Did you miss Episode 82? Don’t worry, you can check it out now.

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Learning More About Your Ancestors Through Newspapers

 

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society is hosting a webinar: Learning More About Your Ancestors Through Newspapers. Tonight, Jan 9th @ 7pm (EST) Click here  for more information and to register.

I’ve found so much from newspapers like obituaries, birth and marriage announcements, information regarding court cases, land transfers, local event news and much more.  Newspapers give me a better idea of what my ancestor’s lives during the times especially when newspapers when other records are few and far between.

Newspapers.com has a 7 day free trial, check it out and see what information you can find.

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Win a free AncestryDNA Kit

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1. Visit my blog (you are already here)

2. Subscribe to my blog (if you are already subscribed, thank you!)

3.Email me your Name by Saturday, March 17th, 2018 by 8pm (EST) and I will reply back a number. (Where is my email address you ask? In the about me section)

4. Watch live via Youtube on Sunday, March 18th, 2018 at 8pm (EST) as I randomly pick one lucky number. (Can’t watch live? No problem I will repost on the blog and email the winner.)

GOOD LUCK!!!

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DON’T GIVE UP!

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I just wanted to offer some words of encouragement to those on the genealogical journey, DON’T GIVE UP! Genealogist are chosen and you have been chosen to give your  ancestors a voice. Even if you haven’t found that document, that ancestor, or that connection to a relative you’re been looking for tirelessly, DON’T GIVE UP! Keep researching, you will find it when it’s time. Sometimes the answers we are looking for are already in the documents we have and we might have to take a break and look at them with fresh eyes as some say. Just stay positive and focused in your research, you this!

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GENEALOGY WORD OF THE DAY 11/2

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Homestead: A homestead usually is a home on land obtained from the United States government. Part of the agreement between the individual and the government was that the individual had to live on the land and make improvements to it, such as adding buildings and clearing fields. (Definition from genealogy.com)

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BlackProGen LIVE Ep45

Catch up with the BlackProGen LIVE panel as they discuss Finding Your Roots Season 4 on PBS.

 

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Worldwide Indexing Event

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Have you signed up to be apart of the Worldwide Indexing Event happening October 20th to the 22nd? The goal is to make more historical records searchable online for people for free. Last year over 10,000,000 records got indexed, with over 115, 000 volunteers, can we beat those numbers this year? I hope we can, if you haven’t signed up or want to know more about it there is still time, click the link for more information Familysearch.org

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