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What’s in a Name Part 1: John, Jacob, and JD Douglas

I recently discovered the 31 Days to Better Genealogy challenge from Amy Johnson Crow and decided I need some motivation to get moving with my research again. Over the next several weeks, I will be sharing my own progress with this challenge. It will take me longer than 31 days – but you will hear from me a few times a week. Tag along, help me out, and have some fun! Day 2  Well ... I asked a couple of questions on day 1, so I'm writing about each in separate parts. ...

Setting Genealogy Goals

I recently discovered the 31 Days to Better Genealogy challenge from Amy Johnson Crow and decided I need some motivation to get moving with my research again. Over the next several weeks, I will be sharing my own progress with this challenge. It will take me longer than 31 days - but you will hear from me a few times a week. Tag along, help me out, and have some fun! Day 1 Day one of this challenge reminded me of a fundamental tenant of research: ask a question, set a goal. ...

6 of My Favorite FREE Genealogy Tools

While I love my Ancestry account, I still find myself on the search for FREE genealogy tools that help me accomplish my research goals.  Below are six of my favorites. I use most of these specifically for genealogy, but a few come in handy for my food history and heritage research, too. Bonus, right!   1) Internet Archive Founded in 1996, the Internet Archive is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a digital database of historical collections. I have been using ...

11 Ways to use a WWI Draft Registration Card

My great grandfather, James Albert Rains, signed his WWI draft registration card on September 12, 1918. He was 41 years old.  Between 1917 and 1918, 24 million American men did the same thing. The draft was a result of the Selective Service Act passed on May 18, 1917 authorizing the President to temporarily increase our military. There were three registrations: on June 5, 1917 for men between 21 and 31; June 5, 1918 for those who attained age 21 after June 5, 1917; ...

Senator Samuel Casey and his Catfish

Illinois Senator Samuel Casey is my husband's 1st cousin 5x removed ... and he liked catfish.  Senator Samuel Casey Samuel King Casey was born on June 27, 1817 in Smith County (now White County), Tennessee to Zadok Casey and Rachel King. Later that same year, the Casey family moved to what is now Jefferson County in Illinois, becoming early settlers and ultimate founders of Mt. Vernon. In 2004 a newspaper article written by local history lover and writer Ben Gelman, the ...

5 reasons to use Wikipedia for genealogy

  Wikipedia used to be the one places teachers and professors would NEVER let student pull research from ... for various reasons. I remember those days, not fondly.  Now, however, Wikipedia is one of the best online resources we have. It has replaced the need from my 27+ volumes of Encyclopedia Britannica that I used to pour over ... but, I still have these, too. Wikipedia has a pretty serious quality control system now, so I have no issues whatsoever using it my ...

Black Sheep Ancestors

I've never found what I considered a "black sheep" ancestor among the branches of my family tree. There have been a few that I wondered about ... you know, the ones who seem to disappear into thin air, or even appear from thin air. I've never actually proven that scoundrels existed in my family. I'm sure they did, though. I descend from Scottish highlanders, and can't imagine at least one of them wasn't a little naughty.  If you suspect that one of your ancestors might have strayed ...

Why I love the new Ancestry website

When I logged on to Ancestry.com this morning, I was met with a message about their updated website. Of course, I was given the choice of keeping with the familiar website or checking out the new one. I jumped at the new one ... for one reason ... lifestory.  Out of curiosity, I clicked on my grandpa's profile to check out the new features.  On the surface, the new site looks cleaner and refreshed. You essentially see the same type of family tree layouts and can still click on a ...