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, […]

Fenton Provides Genealogy Answers

Fenton Provides Genealogy Answers

Article Contributed by Janet Wahlberg The Fenton’s Hall House Research Center, 73 Forest Avenue, Jamestown has a support group for those interested in working on their family’s genealogy. The group meets the last Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Hall House and also has a Facebook page titled Fenton Genealogy Support Group […]

A Cousin Found

A Cousin Found

Contributing Writer Janet Wahlberg Christmas of 2014 I bought DNA kits for my husband and myself. While it was very interesting to see what our ethnic backgrounds were, finding cousins was my main goal. I was ecstatic to discover a half first cousin one-time removed whose name is Alice. However finding her was not as […]

Food, Family, and Detectives

Food, Family, and Detectives

Contributing Writer Janet Wahlberg Summer is just around the corner and with it comes all of those Family Gatherings. These are great opportunities to fill in some of the blanks in your research. As you make phone calls, send out invitations or e-mails there are some basic instructions or suggestions that you may wish to […]

Defective, Dependent, Delinquent

Contributing Writer Janet Wahlberg The final installment on the Non-Population Schedules is the DDD or Defective, Dependent and Delinquent Schedules. These schedules were only completed in 1880 and the government used the statistics collected to help with budgeting for institutions, prisons and financial aid for the disabled. The enumerator placed a tick mark under the […]

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