A few weeks ago I posted a tip of the week about using timelines to help sort out 2 or more individuals who could be the person you are looking for using the example of Rufus Mitchell and Rufus Mitchell, both of Guilford County and born a year or 2 apart. It got me thinking about other uses for timelines. I also realized that some people may be unsure how to create a timeline so I will use some examples of timelines I’ve created for my own research so you can see how I do it and hopefully that will give you some ideas on creating your own. (more…)
Brick walls in genealogy are frustrating and we all run into them, even the professional genealogists and genealogy reference librarians. Some of my tips of the week will specifically be about breaking through brick walls, but the information is good to help keep you from running into them to!
This week’s tip: If you’ve hit a brick wall, go back and review the information you do have. You might find something you missed before, as you likely know more now than when you started. Even beginners know more than they did the first day they started research.
I like to use the personal example of when I started doing genealogy research. I was 11 years old and had no clue what to do. I had no one to show me the ropes. A local librarian suggested interviewing my living relatives and my grandparents who came to visit every summer. During their visits every year until I was about 16, I would sit around a table with all of them and ask them the same questions. Usually their responses were the same from previous years, but sometimes they remembered a new detail or realized they gave me an incorrect place in the past. When I was in college in my 20s, I took a class on North Carolina history and a project was to interview an elderly person born and raised in North Carolina. I interviewed my grandmother, it had been more than 5 years since our last interview and I discovered she was born in a completely different county than what she told me before.
Sometimes it really pays to go back over the things you’ve already done, you might be surprised what you find!
A great big thank you goes out to all who attended the 2nd Saturdays Government and Heritage Library Family History Fair on August 11th!
Thank you to all the exhibitors and participants as well! It was a wonderful success! Remember as you can always use the Government and Heritage Library’s resources to research your family history. For more information please go here, http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/ghl/resources/genealogy.html or call 919.807.7454.
Photographs from the 2nd Saturdays Family History Fair
All photographs by Mathew Waehner, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
More photos to be posted next week!
I will admit, I don’t know a lot about researching the War of 1812 soldiers as none of my ancestors served, but I have realized this year how difficult it is unless you are able to do research in the North Carolina State Archives, where most of the records are kept. Unlike the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, not a lot has been published to help genealogists out with their research on War of 1812 soldiers.
I decided this week to talk about muster rolls for the war of 1812. We have in our library a book called North Carolina Military Muster Rolls 1812 & 1814 by Ronald Vern Jackson. This book is an index of muster rolls during 1812 and 1814 for soldiers from North Carolina. For the purpose of this blog, I will refer to this as the Jackson Index. There is a note on the inside cover of this book to refer to the Simpson Index located in the North Carolina State Archives research room reference desk and that is also in our library under the title Adjutant General’s records : index to the manuscript muster rolls of the War of 1812