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Underground @ Springdale: Volume One

February 2, 2013 – 1:36 pm |

Underground@Springdale is available from Amazon and Lulu, in both eBook and print versions. Have you bought your copy?

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Get out there!

April 20, 2013 – 5:31 pm |

Cemeteries have gone high-tech. GPS and cemeteries make good bedfellows, for a number of reasons. Read the full story »

Folklore—or genealogy?

March 14, 2013 – 7:44 pm |

The life story of any individual can be presented as folklore, or as genealogy. What is the difference, and why does it matter?

Chapman’s “Portrait and Biographical Album”

March 1, 2013 – 3:23 pm |

One of the most common sources for researching ancestors who lived in the midwest during the late 1800′s is Chapman’s “Portrait and Biographical Albums.” These thicker-than-a-Bible volumes can tell a lot about a family—and just …

Greenspace Genealogy: Blenkiron Tot Lot

February 6, 2013 – 6:53 pm |

By Judy Rosella Edwards
There is a little corner park, called a tot lot, on the corner of 601 Park Avenue in Pekin, Tazewell County, Illinois. It is the only park on Park Avenue, which probably …

Greenspace Genealogy: Bayard Cutting Arboretum

February 2, 2013 – 2:32 pm |

For those unfamiliar with the Bayard Cutting Arboretum, in New York, the name can seem misleading. The arboretum does not exist for cutting. Bayard Cutting was the name of the founder who created this arboretum …

A little genealogy music

January 26, 2013 – 8:28 pm |

There is not a plethora of genealogy music. “My Boy Builds Coffins” just might be an exception.
Whether or not you are a fan of Florence + The Machine, you’re likely to find the lyrics to …

Cause of death does matter

January 20, 2013 – 9:38 am |

Identifying the date of death is part of completing a family tree. But, knowing cause of death can be essential.

Everyone has a box

January 13, 2013 – 11:58 am |

In an episode of “The Mentalist,” the character Patrick Jane explained that everyone has a box. A special box. A box where we keep mementos. It was a memorable line because it is true. What’s …

How to photograph microfilm—and why

December 24, 2012 – 4:42 pm | One Comment

I am well-known at my local library’s genealogy and history room for being that odd person who photographs microfilms. I’m often asked how I do it—and why. So I thought I’d share my technique.
Let’s begin …

Immigrants Did Not Just Show Up In The New World

December 10, 2012 – 6:48 pm |

I don’t recall that I have ever seen a movie that fully explained how the wide variety of emigrants from so many places all found their way to the U.S. Ever the curious one, I …

Genealogy…in song

December 8, 2012 – 2:54 pm |

Genealogy is everywhere. After all, everyone has a life. But, genealogy in song may come as a surprise.
The “Banjo Monologues” by Joel Mabus is exactly that. A long-time banjo player (and otherwise musician) and singer, …