Ten Things Marching Band Taught Me About Genealogy

Six years ago today, we lost a man who touched the lives of thousands of young men and women. George N. Parks had the innate ability to see the good in everyone, and to inspire them to do their best; to learn from their mistakes and do even better next time. I first met him … Read moreTen Things Marching Band Taught Me About Genealogy

Trust But Verify: The Story of Dr. Benjamin Church’s Family

Family historians utilize a large number of sources for our research. This includes compilations as well as original records. We must read all of these carefully and critically in order to reach properly supported conclusions. This includes published information on major historical figures as well as average everyday people, and works by well-known individuals as … Read moreTrust But Verify: The Story of Dr. Benjamin Church’s Family

African Captors and White Captives: Flipping the Story on Slavery

When Americans discuss slavery, we usually think of the white people who enslaved Africans and African-Americans. The more knowledgeable include Native Americans and other people of color who were also enslaved by whites. But slavery also worked in other directions. For example, whites who were captured and enslaved by Africans. Those travelling on ships near … Read moreAfrican Captors and White Captives: Flipping the Story on Slavery

Five Books for Your Reference Shelf

Despite the easy availability of information, good genealogists know that sometimes old school books are still the best way to learn and get information. Here are five books that deserve a prominent place on every genealogist’s reference bookshelf. Elements of Genealogical AnalysisRobert Charles Anderson, FASG(Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014) Thirty years in the … Read moreFive Books for Your Reference Shelf

Reviewing Your Sources and Conclusions

Researching your ancestors has never been easier. We have tremendous amounts of information available to us. Database after database of indexes, transcriptions, and original records have facilitated our access to information. More and more individuals are sharing their research through online family trees. Websites now even provide suggestions to users to add people to their … Read moreReviewing Your Sources and Conclusions