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Archive for April, 2013

The Big Stuff

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

I love to find little connections between families and history. Often people are sure that there is no “history” in their family. I think it would be a strange family indeed that was never involved in any historical events. Never impacted in a way worth noting, no one who ever signed a petition on some […]

After the Deluge

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Flooding is a topic that has forced itself upon me this week. Two and a half times the normal rainfall for all of April in 20 hours is something that one notices, especially when the sump pump was already running. So what do floods have to do with genealogy? 1 Floods of information I would […]


Sunday, April 14th, 2013

I always like when I can connect my years as a scientist and my work as a genealogist. This week I got a bit of inspiration in that direction. I was reviewing some genealogy that was felt to be questionable. I have had to agree. There were a few key people who seemed wedged in […]

Dance of the Sources

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

Checking sources can be an oddly enjoyable pastime. At least I think so. That is, I both enjoy it and admit that it might be somewhat odd to enjoy it. I think what lies behind a statement is often even more fascinating than the statement itself. Every conclusion has a story behind it, a sort […]

Trick Questions

Monday, April 1st, 2013

In honor of April Fools’ Day, I thought I might throw out some genealogical trick questions. See how you do. Is it legal in Virginia for a man to marry his widow’s sister? How many birthdays does the average man have? The average woman? Do they have a fourth of July in England? Can a […]