Message Boards

Contributing Writer Janet Wahlberg Hopefully all of you read last month’s article on resources located at the Hall House Research Center located on Forest Ave. and have made plans to stop by and do some research. This month I wanted to talk a bit about Message Boards. There are numerous Message Boards available that can […]

Local Resources for Research

Contributing Writer Janet Wahlberg For all of you who are researching your family history, don’t overlook the Hall Research Center at the Fenton History Center. It is packed full of books, files, maps, photos, folders and “How-To” books. There is something for researchers of all levels. There is a new project underway to provide folders […]

Census Substitutes for Ireland

Contributing Writer Janet Wahlberg March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day so it seems appropriate that we continue our discussion on Irish Research. In February I talked about the Tithe Applotment and Griffith Tax records. There are a number of census substitutes that may be used to research in Ireland and I will describe a few […]

Researching in Ireland

Contributing Writer Janet Wahlberg As we continue working on research in Ireland a brief history might be helpful. Ireland originally was populated by clans and tribes. These spent a great deal of time fighting among themselves. Then the English arrived in the 17th century. Their attempts to subjugate the Irish were somewhat less than successful. […]

Irish Research

Contributing Writer Janet Wahlberg Here we are in a New Year. I thought that I would tackle Irish research in a three part article. It can be very challenging as many of the records have been lost. However, it is not impossible. As always, the way to start is to gather up the facts that […]

The First Thanksgiving

Contributing Writer Janet Wahlberg Now that Halloween and our interest in ghosts and goblins has waned a bit, we begin to look forward to Thanksgiving. In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln officially declared the fourth Thursday in November as a day of Thanksgiving. Traditionally, the first Thanksgiving was held in 1621 at Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts […]

Hanging Out With Ghosts

I decided that with Halloween coming up later this month that I should do something a bit creepy. So we will be hanging out at cemeteries. The first one that everyone in this area should hang out at is Lakeview. The Fenton has several opportunities to tour Lakeview in its “Saints and Sinners Tours” on […]

Alternative Resources for the 1890 Census

Our discussion last month covered the devastating loss of the 1890 Census. However all is not lost, there are some alternative resources that can be used such as, City Directories, Tax records, Military Records, Local Histories, and State Census Records to name just a few of the additional sources that can be explored. City Directories […]

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