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Eileen Dover

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

When I was a kid there was a group of jokes that consisted of nothing more than the titles and authors of fictitious books. One of my favorites was Viewing the Grand Canyon by Eileen Dover. If you don’t get it, just say it out loud, you will. Brick Walls and Cliffs Sometimes in genealogy […]

Blessed are the Indexers

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

Everyone loves a good index. Occasionally, we love to hate them but still have to confess that they are vital. These days when we think about an index, we usually think of a searchable database. When they are accurate they are wonderful because they allow us to find information based on a few things that […]

Memory’s Moorings

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

A remark in a recent program on PBS caught my attention. A woman who was born into an Amish community showed a picture of herself as a child. It should not exist. In her community you were not supposed to be photographed but she went to a school with non Amish students and so the […]

Genealogy on Little Cat Feet

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on. -Fog by Carl Sandburg, Chicago Poems, 1916 Often in genealogy, one takes great, generation-long strides through the records. If there is census data, perhaps our strides that are merely a decade long. In small […]