When I started my DAR research many years ago I wanted to join on the ancestor a cousin used. The DAR now needs double proofs and things were less strict for proof in the 1890s so I would need to beef up the records. I didn’t have the skill sets at the time. It was […]

In October I went to Virginia on family business. While there I stopped for an hour at The Library of Virginia (Archives) in Richmond. I did the same 5 years ago for the same friend. I was really excited with what I found was available. Some of what they have on microfilm is available through […]

Back in the 1800s and even later many towns and counties and others published biographical histories. Obviously many people submitted their family histories as they knew them. I suspect they used family lore etc. and not much in the way of facts. These books are referred to as “mug books”. Take what you read with […]

Gleanings from NEHGS e-newsletter…. The Newburyport Public Library in Essex Co., Mass has an historical newspaper digital database for the Daily Herald and other local papers. It’s a work in progress. Right now it’s from 1799 to 1901.

One of my families talked about an ancestor who served under John Paul Jones on the Bon Homme Richard. Those of us of certain age remember learning about that ship in history class. My ancestor did indeed serve under John Paul Jones but, it was on the ship Ranger. Most of the rest of the […]

A Bangor Daily News article of Aug. 17th 2016 details a New Hampshire woman’s search for more information on the 54 Maine WWII soldiers who are buried in the American Cemetery in Homburg, Belgium. Perhaps you can be of help.

Frances Heales has donated several Family History magazines and as I finish looking them over for hints for this column I will be depositing them in our archives at the Caribou library.

I was reminded this week why it is so important to know the first names of the family group while searching census records. Don’t believe it when you can’t find your relatives in the index. Poor penmanship by the census taker and the person transcribing the index who is totally unfamiliar with the ethnic names […]

From a Feb.5, 2016 BDN obit page article from the Buffalo News: A woman named Hannah Palmer who died 76 years ago finally got her obituary. She had been buried in an unmarked pauper’s grave. Her family finally connected all the dots of her life and death. It was quite an interesting article. It also […]