Michael on Genealogy Connection

I recently had the pleasure of once again being interviewed by Drew Smith, one of the Genealogy Guys, for the Genealogy Connection podcast. We had an enjoyable time discussing the Benjamin Franklin genealogy project. We talked about English research, project management, and the first volume itself. You can listen to my interview now on the … Read moreMichael on Genealogy Connection

Announcing Benjamin Franklin’s Family, Volume 1:English Ancestors

Benjamin Franklin’s Family is a decades-long project to document the family of noted Revolutionary War patriot Benjamin Franklin. The first book in this multi-part series, Volume 1: English Ancestors, can now be purchased at Amazon for $25.99. This volume documents the history of the Franklin ancestors in England. The surname Franklin is a common one … Read moreAnnouncing Benjamin Franklin’s Family, Volume 1:English Ancestors

5 In the News

The following stories captured my interest this week. African-American neighborhoods in Maryland, the history of zero, hobos in the Great Depression, the history of tea in Britain, and mirror balls. Amid Festival Fun, a Serious Pasion for African-American History in Baltimore CountyThe Baltimore Sun reported on the Baltimore County African American Cultural Festival, which had … Read more5 In the News

5 In the News

The following stories captured my interest this week. From ancient earthquakes and Viking DNA to modern crimes and architecture, they tell us much about out past. DNA Proves Viking Women Were Powerful Warriors “An elaborate Viking Age grave in Sweden holds the remains of a decorated female warrior from the 10th century, providing the first … Read more5 In the News

Ste Marie de l’Incarnation

In 1639, Marie de l’Incarnation left France for the wilderness of Nouvelle France. At forty years old, she had already lived an interesting life. She had no way of knowing what a lasting difference she would make in the world. Marie Guyart was born at Tours, France, 18 October 1599, daughter of Florent Guyart and … Read moreSte Marie de l’Incarnation

Five in the News

How Maryland Black Beaches are Becoming Staples of American History Between the 1920s and 1960s, there weren’t many beaches where African-Americans could freely enjoy themselves without encountering discrimination. So, Carr’s Beach and just a few other beaches in the D.C. area became a safe space. Legends such as James Brown and Jackie Wilson would perform … Read moreFive in the News

ASG Scholar Award

For 77 years, the American Society of Genealogists is the most prestigious organization in our field. Membership is limited to 50 individuals who are leading published scholars in the field of American genealogy. It promotes the highest standards of scholarship in the field. Each year they present the ASG Scholar Award. This annual scholarship provides … Read moreASG Scholar Award

Sons and Daughters of the U.S. Middle Passage

Lineage societies have long played a role in honoring the history of our nation. We tend to think of them as old (sometimes stodgy) organizations. But new lineage societies are formed all the time. One of the newer ones and one that is long overdue is the Sons and Daughters of the U.S. Middle Passage … Read moreSons and Daughters of the U.S. Middle Passage

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