Chancery Court Records – A Genealogist’s Friend

Chancery Court records can be a genealogist’s best friend. They often contain wonderful nuggets of genealogical information. However, chancery court records are often overlooked by genealogists. Unlike civil court or criminal court, these valuable records can tell amazing stories. There are several types of courts, and each court handles different types of cases. Chancery Court […]

Finding Family After Slavery

  Advertisements were often placed in newspapers for finding family after slavery following Emancipation in 1863. Families were often torn apart by slavery. Mothers yearned to find their children, husbands longed for their wives, and siblings looked for lost siblings. Children wanted to connect with parents from whom they were sold or stolen. Some family […]

How to Understand Genealogical Dates

As a genealogist, it is important to know how to understand genealogical dates. Let’s go over some issues you may encounter while researching your family history. The Gregorian Calendar Have you even seen a date written like “23 February 1712/3?” Do you really understand what date that represents? Without going into detail, Pope Gregory authorized the […]

1890 Census US Veterans Schedule

One other schedule of the 1890 census is available to genealogists and family historians–the US Veterans Schedule. This special enumeration was requested by the U.S. Pension office to help Union veterans locate fellow soldiers in order to testify in pension claims. Another reason was to determine the number of survivors and widows for pension legislation. […]

Genealogy Organization

Genealogy organization is something to which we should all aspire. Not organization in the way of genealogical societies or groups, but organization as in keeping your genealogy notes and files in an organized manner. There are many ways to organize your genealogy information–digitally, genealogy software, genealogy filing systems, shoeboxes, and myriad other methods. We are […]