52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Week #3— Father and Son, Charles Broadfield, Sr. and Charles D. Broadfield.

With this post, which is a participating blog entry in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks  project, I am hoping to find members of my Broadfield family, which includes (as descendants) the surnames Baker, Burney, Duggan, Fleming, Folk, Johnson, Purdie,…
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Understanding Spanish Naming Conventions

My husband is of Spanish descent. Because of these roots, I routinely find myself in another world when researching names in his family tree, as naming conventions for the typical Latin/Hispanic name are quite different from English-speaking naming patterns. For…
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Madness Monday– Who is this man?

This week’s Madness Monday post (and, yes, I realize that it’s Tuesday– I’ve been busy!): The photo here was taken somewhere in the 1920s or 1930s by Veran Blackburn Photography in Valdosta, Georgia. It was found in a box of family…
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‘The Carter Bed’— the story of the bedroom set my mother slept on her entire life and that was originally owned by the family of President Jimmy Carter.

‘The Carter Bed’— a phrase I have heard throughout my life. Actually, ‘The Carter Bed’ is a full bedroom suite; not just a bed. It was a set my mother used for her bedroom furniture for almost 70 years. ‘The…
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Madness Monday: Where is Katherine Broadfield in the 1920 Census?

Brick walls—we all have them in our genealogical pursuits. They are those individual bits of information that are determined to hide from you and frustrate you, possibly for years. Here’s my brick wall: Where, oh where, was Katherine Broadfield when…
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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Week #2—So Who’s Your Daddy Miss Sarah M. Sessions (and what’s your middle name)?

(This is my second post to the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks project.) Recently, I began re-reviewing a line of my family tree that I haven’t studied in a while– that of the Sessions family. As I looked at the…
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The New Ancestry Research Collection, U.S. Wills and Probate Records, Is A Great Resource.

  I have a number of ancestors whom I have tried repeatedly to find their probate records, including wills or estate inventories, to no avail. It was believed that these persons probably died intestate but I hadn’t found proof. I…
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Slave Name Roll Project: Releasing the Slaves of my Family

“It’s honorable to do…You’re RELEASING their Names and their Souls for their Descendants to hopefully find them one day. Every time this happens they are REJOICING. They have been in a book or what have you for so long”  ~ True A….
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10 Genealogy Newbie Mistakes to Avoid

The majority of what I know about proper standards regarding genealogical research techniques I learned the hard way. I didn’t have anyone to teach me, so I made a number of mistakes and years later I am still fixing them….
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