Monthly Archives: August 2012

More Legal Latin woes Reader Karen Ansley Krugman hit paydirt in the legal notices section of the Bristol News, a newspaper published in the twin border cities of Bristol, Virginia, and Bristol, Tennessee, in September of 1873. Published one after … Continue reading

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What else can I possibly say? To all the folks who joined me yesterday in the Legacy Family Tree webinar, Building a Family from Circumstantial Evidence, thank you so much! What a great group, with great questions — that’s what … Continue reading

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Access issues at FGS Records access is getting high priority attention at the 2012 Conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, which got underway officially this morning in Birmingham, Alabama. Even before the official start of the conference, there was … Continue reading

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Come early! It’s going to be a full house tomorrow for my Legacy Family Tree webinar, Building a Family from Circumstantial Evidence. It seems that an awful lot of people share the kind of problems I have in my research: … Continue reading

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A guide to less-known resources A second, much more expansive edition of Online State Resources for Genealogy is now available from its author, Michael Hait, CG. Michael is a friend and a colleague and he sent me a review copy … Continue reading

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Those “secret” relatives The online Huffington Post asked the question on Friday in its UK Lifestyle section: could you have secret relatives? The examples the piece used were the link of First Lady Michele Obama to a white cousin in … Continue reading

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Opal Robertson Cottrell, 1898-1995 The voice has been silenced, but the melody lingers in the hearts of her children, grandchildren such as I am, great grandchildren and more. But there are no more words to go with the sweet music. … Continue reading

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The newest state Many U.S. states have mottos in a classical or European language; many were once part of another country. Only one has a motto in its own language and only one can say that it was once its … Continue reading

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Re-publication no-no You’ve ponied up your $69.95 for an annual subscription, entered your search terms, clicked on the Search button… and there it is. A wonderful little newspaper clipping from sometime back in the 1800s about your family. So … Continue reading

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One week to go He was born in North Carolina before there were birth records there. He died in Texas before there were death records there. There’s no official record of his marriage. And his family name was one of … Continue reading

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