When you write about your family, good things happen. You find flaws in your logic. You find those wonderful "ah-ha" moments. And on occasion, you find a genealogy angel. Or they find you. Martha Spencer saw a post I made years ago on an Ancestry.com message board and responded. I missed her original response (!)... Continue Reading →
I just read Judy Russell's blog post The drafty Ohioan in her blog The Legal Genealogist where she discusses why Ignatius or Ignatz Fleitz didn't fight for the Union during the Civil War. Her discussion focuses on laws at that time and what the possibilities were for not fighting. And of course my 2nd great... Continue Reading →
You get out of the habit, and it's easy to stay out of the habit of not posting. Let's see if I can work on better habits. 🙂 I received my DNA results back from Ancestry.com (full disclosure, I am an employee). I was expecting Scottish and German. Here is what I have: Every line... Continue Reading →
That's me sitting on my Dad's knee with that chipmunk grin on my face. I'm guessing the photo was taking in late '64 or early '65. And we were probably in Charleston, South Carolina, where we lived at the time. I wonder why my sister is so fascinated with the lawn?
I don't know if these are treasures, but these are the PDF's of the sourcing presentations I've done for Ancestry.com Citing Your Sources, Part 1 (live presentation on livestream) Citing Your Sources, Part 2 (live presentation on livestream) Happy Sourcing!
Some documents are like a really great Christmas, they just have everything in them that you need. This Deed of Conveyance 1 defines quite nicely Wyatt Paul and Laura Donald Gillespie's children, their children's spouses and Wyatt and Laura's death. In Wyatt's will he left the house at 108 Houston Street to his wife, and... Continue Reading →
There are quite a few pages in the Gillespie Family Bible that are interesting, but I used this one in a presentation today, so I thought it worth talking about here. The bible was printed in 1857. I love all of the subtraction statements. Why are they there? 1861 was obviously an important year, the... Continue Reading →
This picture was found in some of my dad’s things: But who are these people and when was it taken? The boy holding the dog is my father. The woman standing in the photo is my great aunt, Eva Gillespie. The girl on her left is my Aunt Madeline, my father’s sister. I talk to... Continue Reading →