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Just the facts

Friday, February 10th, 2017

            It is difficult for a genealogist to depart from family stories and base research on facts which can be documented.  Family legend sometimes can prove incorrect when confronted with documented facts; this can be difficult for family members who “remember” names, dates, places and people they were exposed to as a young child.  However, […]

Irish American history: 1720-1790

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

Philadelphia was the most popular destination port for Scots-Irish immigrants to America, mainly because the linen trade routes were already well established. They then moved into the Appalachian regions, the Ohio Valley, New England, The Carolinas and Georgia.

William Ross FitzJerrell

Friday, May 7th, 2010

William Ross Fitzjerrell was born November 20, 1878.  He was the son of Cyrus Fitzjerrell and Eliza Greenwood. I received his death certificate this week and in addition to the name of his parents, his birth and death information; his death certificated listed wife as Bessie Beatty, divorced.  Bessie was living with her parents William […]

Back to work

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

It is that time of year when I must put away dead people for awhile and concentrate on the living.  Most of my time last week was spent preparing my classroom for the 2009-2010 school year.  Next week is filled with professional development meetings and sending my baby boy off for his freshman year in […]

Dating Old Photos

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Dating old photos can be a daunting task. If the photo is labeled with your ancestors name the dating becomes much easier. However, if the photograph is unlabeled with no photographers mark you have a real dilemma as to when and where the photo was taken. While doing research for Jewel’s Heirlooms I found this […]

Jewel’s Heirlooms

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

I am pleased to announce a new sister site to the Familytomb.  Jewel’s Heirlooms was established to recommend tips and products for the typical family genealogist.  Jewel’s Heirlooms is also committed to saving orphaned heirlooms found in local antique stores.  Photos, yearbooks, funeral cards and other items are offered at a price which ensures legitimate […]


Sunday, July 5th, 2009

Genealogy and Picaboo I have recently stumbled upon a photo sharing site called  Picaboo You can create books and cards from your digital photos and share them with friends and family for free!  You can also have your virtual book turned into a bound book for a fee.  I downloaded the free program and within […]

Google Books for genealogy

Friday, June 5th, 2009

How to use Google Books for genealogy Google books offers a large selection of current and historical books for review. Depending on the authors request or the copyright status of the book, you can view snippets, limited pages or full view. If the book is part of public domain and out of copyright the full […]