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
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
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 Ansley Scott, Self-made Businessman
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
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
Discover Your Roots book includes great digital research tips and the Wright family genealogy. A wonderful place to begin your Wright Family genealogy journey. Bruce Wright, Esq. dug into researching his family tree across multiple years learning about and documenting more than 18 Revolutionary War Patriots. His journey to undercover this treasure-trove of ancestor Patriots makes for great reading, especially if you are interested in … Continue reading Discover Your Roots!
There is something bold, almost sassy about Emilie, Lilian and Myrtle photos. Educated, ambitious, beautiful, well-off, and talented they were poster women for the times they lived in. A step-change in a single generation, women were crossing the Rubicon. During the first quarter of the 20th century heady opportunities bubbled in the cities. Good jobs outside the home. Not the old seamstress, nanny or washwoman options … Continue reading Emilie, Lilian and Myrtle Gallery