When we turn our hearts to our ancestors, something changes inside of us. We feel part of something greater than ourselves~Russell M. Nelson

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Celebration Sunday~Genealogy Happy Dance!

You know the dance. You know you've done it. The one every researcher does after finding something new. The one where you want to jump up and down and shout to everyone around that you found the document, contacted a cousin who has the family Bible, made a DNA connection or found a whole new branch to your tree. The one that is met with glazed stares and eye rolls.
                                                          Celebration Sunday is a place to share your discoveries. 
This is a weekly series to enable everyone to tell about their Genealogy Happy Dance moment. This can be done by scrolling down and adding your story to the comments section. You may also put a link to a blog post.

My Happy Dance This Week: It's always a Happy Dance moment when adding a new family to my tree. This week I was able to find information on descendants of one of my great uncles. 
Originally the story was told his daughter died young and had no children. Now, I find this untrue and there are cousins I need to find! 

                                                                                           Share your discovery!
                                                                                   Let the dancing commence!


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Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday's Faces From the Past~Do You Know This Soldier?

Fellow researcher, Keith Edwards posted this picture on a South Carolina Facebook page in hopes of identifying him.
The young man in this picture is described as being a member of the 10th South Carolina Infantry serving in the Civil War as a Confederate Soldier. 
His name is unknown but it is believed he was from the Low Country area of South Carolina. 
Williamsburg, Georgetown, Horry or Marion County may have been his home.

Unknown Confederate Civil War Soldier
10th South Carolina Infantry

Do you know this soldier? Let's get this picture back home!

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tuesday's Tip~Getting' By With Help From Our Friends.

This edition of Tuesday's Tip comes from Sue McNelly of the Kindredpast blog.

Using Social History resources to expand the ‘dash’ between the dates.
Placing our ancestors in their social, historical and cultural environment can help us learn more about them and the events that may have affected their lives and the decisions they made.   There is so much more to our ancestors than their birth date and death date.  The dash between those dates represents a life and one which we can find out more about using social history resources.
Here are some of my favorite social history resources:
·       Journals and Diaries:  Not all of us are lucky enough to have an ancestor who left a journal or diary for us.  Fortunately, many of our ancestors’ contemporaries kept journals which we can use to add to our understanding of their daily lives.   Here are a few helpful sites. There are many more available online.
  • Newspapers:  While we all want to find our own ancestor’s name in the paper, just reading newspapers from the time period that your ancestor lived in, and in the particular place they lived, allow us a glimpse into what was happening around them.  Some of the sites that I have found success with:
  • The Library of Congress- Social History Resources:  There is so much to explore on the Library of Congress site.  Efforts to use social history in our research is enhanced by photos, audio recordings, film, maps, newspapers, books, drawings, poetry, and manuscripts, all available here.  Looking for information on the everyday life of migrant families living in camps during the Dust Bowl period of American history, it can be found here.   Looking for photographs of Louisiana architecture including abandoned plantations and other historic buildings, the Library of Congress has those.   The collection is vast and you can easily spend hours on this site.

·       FamilySearch Wiki: Not only does the Wiki direct you to where genealogical records are but put in a locality and it will give you the history, show you maps and migration routes, direct you on how to research in that locality, show you historical resources available like county histories and journal articles.  This is a greatly underused resource.

·       A Vision of Britain Through Time:  For those of us researching in the U.K. this is an excellent site for finding historical maps.  They also have a large collection of British travel writing which is searchable by town name to see what may have been written about the town or city your ancestor lived in.
These are only a few of the many (many!) resources available to us to aid in fleshing out our ancestors and learning more about the events surrounding them and how they may have been influenced by them. 

Sue’s Bio:

Sue has been researching her family history for about 15 years. Born in South Africa to her British father and South African mother, Sue’s roots are predominantly English with a little Scottish, Irish and of course South African, to add to the mix. Sue is currently the Membership Chair for the International Society of British Genealogy and Family History (ISBGFH) and is working towards professional certification. Sue can be found on twitter at @KindredPast and blogging at kindredpast.com.
Thank you for these great tips, Sue!

Social History is an important avenue for learning and understanding our ancestors.
Do you research the social and historical history of your ancestors? What tips do you have? I'd love to hear from you.
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