Swedish Research

Swedish Research

Contributing Writer Janet Wahlberg Great news for those of you with Swedish ancestors, we now have Arkiv Digital at the Hall House. What is Arkiv, you ask? Arkiv is a great database that holds many types of records. The most used, especially for those just starting their family research, are the household records. These were […]

The Gift of 45 Days

The Gift of 45 Days

Article Contributed by Janet Wahlberg Recently two dozen women met at First Lutheran Church to Give the Gift of 45 more school days per year to girls in Haiti. These women came from around the Jamestown area to create feminine hygiene kits to be used by these girls during their monthly cycles. The kits contain […]

African-American Research

African-American Research

Contributing Writer Janet Wahlberg For those with African American ancestry, research prior to the Civil War has been very challenging as those who were enslaved were rarely named in the records. Louis Gates on Finding Your Roots gave all of us a window into records that are available. However, many of them are hidden deep […]

Research in Beantown

Research in Beantown

Contributing Writer Janet Wahlberg I just returned from a research trip to Boston where I spent 4 days at the New England Historic Genealogical Society Library. I had arranged for a consultation with one of their research experts and was fortunate to be assigned Marie Daly, one of their premier researchers as my consultant. Her […]

The Frozen Grandfather

One woman's quest to solve a family lineage mystery

The Frozen Grandfather

Contributing Writer Janet Wahlberg Our family has long nurtured the story of the “Frozen Grandfather.” He was a shepherd in the Highlands who froze to death on the moors during a blizzard. He was my “brick wall” for 15 years. The stories from my grandmother and her sister pointed to their grandfather, Andrew Oliver. My […]

More About Maps

More About Maps

Contributing Writer Janet Wahlberg Last month I promised more about maps, often an underutilized resource for assembling your family history. If you take the time to locate you family on the maps, you can track them from one place to another and get a better picture of their lives. Did they move because of political […]

Mapping Your Family

Mapping Your Family

Contributing Writer Janet Wahlberg Sanborn, County, State, Country, Griffith Records, Atlas, DeLorme, Surname, Google, Plat, Political and Topographic, what do all these terms have in common? They are all sources or types of maps. There are hundreds of different types of maps. Why should you as a genealogist care about maps? Let me give you […]

The Cost of Research

The Cost of Research

Contributing Writer Janet Wahlberg It’s time to talk money, as everything seems to have a price tag these days. The cost of research can vary greatly from zero to rather pricey. I will take you through a list of the more common sites and other resources that you may not have thought of. There are […]

Buffalo Wings

Buffalo Wings

Contributing Writer Vicki McGraw Well friends, Labor Day has come and gone, and now, so has my long awaited week at the beach! The summer (and my annual September pilgrimage to the beach) always seems to fly by as we try to cram as much as we can into it. Frequently, the most surprising part […]

Turning Fiction to Fact

Turning Fiction to Fact

Contributing Writer Janet Wahlberg Your family story is only a story unless you have sources. The sources and citations turn fiction to fact. I will admit that this is not a topic that I am an expert on. In fact, I am a novice when it comes to properly citing my sources. Having said that, […]

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