A Cautionary Tale: Reading Is Fundamental

This is a cautionary tale about reading what is there and not making assumptions.  Fortunately, in this case, I didn't lose years of research or spend time randomly driving around York County, South Carolina.  Here is my confession: My Martin's are buried in Martin Cemetery in Cherokee County, South Carolina. I like to pinpoint the... Continue Reading →

Tuesday’s Tip — Two New Links You Must Check Out

We all know that family histories, local histories, indexes of vital and the sort are awesome for finding nuggets of gold.  Check out FamilySearch's Family History Books beta site: http://books.familysearch.org/ Second link, courtesy of Mark Lowe: Bouvier's Law Dictionary, which can be found in google books: Notice the dates? These were the references that law... Continue Reading →

Sorting Saturday — Making Sense out of the Mess or Sources Matter

I am trying to pull my grandfather and his ancestor's lives into order and tell their story.  I find I have a mess of records.  One big old honking mess.  So I'm getting organized.  And not just thinking about it.  Or starting and stopping. (Yes,  I've done that multiple times.)  I'm doing it. Prune the... Continue Reading →

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