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

Myths in History: What is “Common Knowledge?”

According to the Board for Certification of Genealogists, the standards for documenting call for genealogists to “identify the sources of all substantive information and images they gather, use, or plan to gather or use, except sources of ‘common knowledge’ beyond disputes, such as the years of major historical events.” [1] The problem is, what about when “common … Read more Myths in History: What is “Common Knowledge?”

NBC’s Timeless Ignores History

I understand that television requires a certain amount of suspensionof disbelief when it comes to facts and the real world. But when a show revolves around history, it should take extra precautions to be accurate with the historical facts, even if the drama around them might be a bit loose. While I have enjoyed the … Read more NBC’s Timeless Ignores History