Tracing the Path to the Past

Tracing the Path to the Past

Contributing Writer Janet Wahlberg While I generally share research tips and strategies with you, this month I plan to share with you a story of discovery in Scotland. My husband and I recently spent a week in Scotland. One of my goals was to try and find the Boleskine Kirk (pronounced bowl- short (e) – […]

Yearbooks

Yearbooks

Contributing Writer Janet Wahlberg How many of you still have your yearbooks from high school or college? Have you considered using yearbooks as a source for genealogical research? If you haven’t, you should, as there is so much information in them regarding the students, including photographs. Who knows, you might just find that photo of […]

Searching for Land Records in Ireland

Searching for Land Records in Ireland

Contributing Writer Janet Wahlberg I just returned from a week-long seminar on Irish Research that was just fantastic. We spent the first day covering methodology which is a bit different than methodology for other ethnic groups. When setting up a research project for your Irish relatives you need to: Determine what records were created and […]

Christmas in July

Christmas in July

Contributing Writer Janet Wahlberg Recently I began thinking about Christmas gifts for my children who are adults with families of their own. In addition to being addicted to genealogy, I am a dedicated scrap booker. These are two hobbies, dare I say obsessions that go together very nicely. In both instances, you are looking for […]

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 […]

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 […]

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