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College for the Genealogist

Many of us are writing our Genea-lists out for the upcoming year. Educational opportunities will be somewhere on that list for most of us. I want to suggest a genealogy educational idea to add to your list.


Continue Reading December 6, 2009 at 3:29 am 1 comment

19th Ed. Smile for the Camera – First Mama Pics from MacKenzie

Introducing my first pic of new granddaughter, MacKenzie due anyday now. This is the best holiday gift.
(19th Edition of Smile for the Camera)

Continue Reading November 23, 2009 at 5:12 am 1 comment

Saturday Night Fun: Halloween Memory

Saturday Night Fun with Genea-Musings is to tell about our Halloween moments. Here a a few of mine.

Continue Reading November 1, 2009 at 7:44 am Leave a comment

Saturday Night Fun’s Satisfying Genealogy Moments

Saturday Night Fun is giving your top ten satisfying genealogy moments. What are some of your moments?

Continue Reading October 11, 2009 at 2:57 pm Leave a comment

Maureen A. Taylor, The PhotoDetective

Maureen Taylor is the author of Uncovering Your Ancestry Through Family Photographs. Through Photo Detective, she’s dedicated to helping those who share her infatuation with discovering the stories behind images of the past. She has been featured in many articles. Come learn more….

Continue Reading May 24, 2009 at 6:33 am Leave a comment

Genealogy New Year’s Resolutions

Genealogy New Year’s resolutions are a good way to renew your family history spirit. Here are a few of my New Year’s Resolution I would like for you to consider when making your own commitments for the 2009 year in genealogy

Continue Reading December 29, 2008 at 12:22 pm 1 comment

Feeling Inspired By Those I Am Researching

I enjoy doing research. The satisfaction is there whether it is my own family, friend or a client. But, on that same thought, the frustration over a brick wall is just as great. It seems when I am about ready to give up on a research project, something happens or “shows” up in my eyesight, which lets me know I should keep going. These “signs” inspire me and give me reason to believe someone on the other side wants me to try harder to discover them and their family. To some it may seem like nonsense or silliness, but to other researchers that I have shared this with, they understand my feelings and voice similar inspirations. Here are a few things that happen to me personally that send shivers down my spine and keep me going back to that brick wall.

An example that happened to me today is from a license plate. I am doing a research on a family from Yalobusha County, Mississippi. I reside in Germantown, Shelby County, Tennessee. I was feeling very frustrated because I could not find this couple- that I am pretty sure are in this area. I was feeling like calling it a day and start on something else. As I was driving down the road, I noticed a car in front of me with what I could not believe – a car with license plate of Yalobusha, MS! I have not seen one of those in my life as far as I can recall, so image how I felt when I saw it directly in front of me. So, of course, I honestly feel this family does not want me to give up, and I will not let them or my friend down; I will keep looking. In the past, this has happened to me several times with different counties.

I have worked on families and then I see their surnames on billboards or the side of trucks. During the time I am doing the research, I almost always meet new people that just happen to have the same surname or have family in that same county. This is not through genealogy research, but happens when I am walking in a store, sitting at a doctor’s office or visiting with a neighbor. I recall once I was working on a family and feeling very much in despair. I was ready to give up and tell my friend I could not find their ancestor. I was driving and contemplating this as I waiting for a red light to turn green in a neighborhood I don’t travel in much. As I looked up, I immediately noticed the street sign; I was next to Perkins Street, which was the family surname I was having trouble with.

Another example that happened to me this week was an article sent to me. It was through a blog I belong to that mentioned an article about surnames beginning with Mac and Mc. Well, I was happy to read it as I started working, just this week, on a surname of McKinna from Yalobusha. Another clue, along with the license plate, that this family wants to be remembered.
I admit this does not happen to me on every person or family I research. But, it does seem that those times I am most passionate about a family or feeling very frustrated, I will usually have something happen, such as the above examples. It gives me the inspiration and dedicated to continue researching, and usually I do find more information to finally break that brick wall.

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November 18, 2008 at 2:54 pm 1 comment

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