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 →

I’ll Be Speaking In Virginia on April 2nd!

Will you be in the southern Virginia area the weekend of April 2nd? The Family History Institute of Southwest Virginia will be held Saturday, April 2nd, 2016. I'll be presenting two sessions: Researching Women in the South and Proving Kinship with Land and Chancery Records. You can register for the Family History Institute of Southwest... Continue Reading →

My Family Married Each Other a Lot and Other Musings from RootsTech

When an offhand remark from RootsTech ended up on Twitter, I knew I must have had the attention of a few people! "My family married itself over and OVER again." @AncestryAnne #RootsTech #TiesThatBind — Family Sleuther (@FamilySleuther) February 6, 2016 Four lectures in four days along with a few booth demos of Ancestry Academy left... Continue Reading →

Can’t Make It To A Genealogy Conference? Attend RootsTech At Home

Thousands of genealogists will descend on Salt Lake City Feb 3rd-6th for RootsTech 2016.  It's an interesting blend of technology and genealogy that covers the beginner to the advanced genealogist. But what if you can't make it?  You'll miss the fun of being around so many like minded people and the wide array of classes... Continue Reading →

Did You Know? Where to Find Basic County Information

Many documents our ancestors left behind were in the counties they lived in.  Birth, Marriage and Death records.  Deeds, Wills and other Probate records. But when were they first recorded? When was the county created?  What were the parent counties? The Ancestry Wiki has the answer for all U.S. counties. In the Wiki search box... Continue Reading →

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