The Big Picture, a Family Tree View

The Boating Genealogists dig into genealogy, family history and history so much that one can forget that others don’t have the background to connect who we are writing about and where they fit in the family tree and history.   However, replicating an ever developing family tree on this blog would be silly, if not just plain time-consuming without obvious gain.   And human history is an … Continue reading The Big Picture, a Family Tree View

Unlocking Charlotte Hick’s Parentage

Genealogical unlocks are pretty special, at least for family historians.  Not because lineage is an end in and of itself.  But because it is one’s original life setting that can connect many life dots.   Therefore, a family historian sometimes spends a fair amount of time trying to correctly establish this foundation, this lineage.  And some ancestors’ lineages are much tougher detective work than others, even … Continue reading Unlocking Charlotte Hick’s Parentage

Local Deed and Clerk Offices

Shifting from an almost exclusive Internet and family memorabilia research approach to visiting city and county government offices provided some insights and take-aways this past summer.   Both the government office process and policies along with located hidden gems were valuable learnings. First, government deed and clerk office insights.  As it turns out they all had one policy in common, however, enforced with different degrees of … Continue reading Local Deed and Clerk Offices

A New Chapter – Bringing Family History to Life

What we are trying to do. Bruce and I have been family genealogists for over 10 years.  However, we are now bringing new tools and methods to our approach.   These new tools and methods will be additive, as Internet searches, lineage sites and DNA cousins are all powerful tools we will continue using.  But the new stuff shows great promise too. First, we now are … Continue reading A New Chapter – Bringing Family History to Life

Barzillai Ausley Scott, Self-made Businessman

What circumstances result in a self-made individual?  In effect, a life journey that is markedly different than one’s parents and even one’s siblings, like inertia did not apply.  Is it the mashing together of the right innate capabilities wonderfully matched to a generation’s challenges and opportunities?  Or is it piss and vinegar driven by tough life lessons that make many fall but others strengthen? The … Continue reading Barzillai Ausley Scott, Self-made Businessman

Grand Traverse Women Ancestors, Introduction

The peculiarity of telling a woman ancestor’s life story is real.  It is kind of like having a puzzle.  Right up until women started working in large numbers what they did and thought about day-in and day-out generally was not captured.  So the puzzle contains few personal pieces in which to construct a life story.   Yes, likely birth, marriage, children, death, maybe a few photos, … Continue reading Grand Traverse Women Ancestors, Introduction

Family Memorabilia Project

Capturing family memorabilia as digital images is just the first step in preserving and sharing family history.   The Family Memorabilia Project is all about establishing a long term digital repository of our family memorabilia (the broader term used on this site is ‘Sources’) that can be shared, collaborated on, organized, and used to develop and highlight family stories that can be published to wider audiences … Continue reading Family Memorabilia Project