If this is your first time visiting my blog, check out what I believe are a representative sample of the type of posts that I do. I do alot of posts designed to illustrate use of specific records and I talk about methodology using my own research as examples. Many are focused on African-American and slavery research. These are my favorite posts and I hope you like them too:
Methodology and Analysis
Robyn’s 10 Key Genealogy Principles
Phillip Holt is Not Dead After All
Criminals in the Family: Joseph Harbour
Source Citation Tips and Taps
Collateral Research: Research All Siblings
How to Keep On Learning Genealogy
A Breakthrough! The Fendricks Family
Harris Family Breakthrough! Big City, Here I Come
Marriage Records: What Exactly Are You Looking At?
Using Charts in Your Genealogy Research
Untangling Matildas: Brick Wall Crashes Down
One Step Closer in Alabama: the Fendricks Family
Deconflicting “The Same Name”
Black Newspapers Break a Brick Wall
What You Didn’t Know About Slavery
Slave Surnames: Where Are They From?
Slave Research: Search the Slaveowner’s Wife’s Family Too
Effie Fendricks and Building a Case for the Slaveowner
Journal Articles on Slave Research
A Strategy for Researching Freedmens Bureau Records
Beyond the Will and Inventory: Tracing Enslaved Ancestors Through Probate
Searching For Enslaved Fathers
Digital Library on American Slavery
Slave Ancestor Found in Southern Claims Commission Records
Published Slave Narratives
A Genealogy “High”: More Slave Research
Slave Records in Washington, D.C.
More Confirmation of Slaves with Bible Records
Giles Holt, the Slaveowner
Researching the Slaveowner in Online Books
Back to Court: Slaveowner Records
Records and Resource Suggestions
University Theses and Dissertations
Alabama Convict Records
Historic Trust Inventories: Search the Land, Find the People
Prologue Magazine at NARA
Ancestor’s College Records
Records of Antebellum Slave Plantations
Extension Service Records
Have You Checked Published Family Histories?
The Joy of Probate
Ex-Slave Pension Records
Maps Lead the Way to Better Understanding
Divorce Records: A Great Genealogy Resource
I’m an engineer by day, but genealogy is my not-so-hidden passion. The quest to uncover my past has been a rewarding adventure for me, more than just uncovering the names and stories of my ancestors, but also meeting cousins who have become new friends and forming relationships with my fellow genealogists, like Carole, Marion Alice and Aaron. When I first began in 1997, I had one grandparent still living and none of my family members knew very much beyond maybe the name of a great-grandparent or so. I’m proud that my research has taken back some of that lost memory–and I’m not even close to being done.
I enjoy helping others to uncover their heritage and I teach and write every opportunity I get. I believe strongly in encouraging all genealogists to write and record the wonderful untold stories of their families and the communities of which they were apart. We’ve got to tell more of our own stories. Too many elders are passing on and all of the wonderful gems of knowledge they have are being lost. We have an unparalleled opportunity today with the advent of technology to reclaim this lost past–to reclaim our kin.
The details of my current research can be found on the subpages here; if you think we may have a connection or you just have questions or comments, feel free to email me at msualumni33 [at] verizon [dot] net.