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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; ...

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 ...

How one book helped me prove my father-in-law wrong

Let me preface this post by telling you how much I love MPG's Daddy ... I'm sure they'll both read that title and wonder about me! MPG and I have been together for 15 years.  In those early days when I was trying to get to know the family, I would ask questions about family history, etc.  Every time I asked about the Davis family and who we were related to, I received a resounding "nobody around here".  Ha! My parents-in-law live about 30 minutes northeast of me as the crow ...