Sunday, December 31, 2006

2006 celebrated the 200th anniversary of America's first interstate highway.

Looking back at where we've been, Melissa Slate brings to our attention and important anniversary, and in her article, “The National Road An Enduring American Icon,” gives us a us a brief history of our country’s first interstate highway, suggesting its relevance to better understanding the context of our ancestor’s lives.

New Year, New Ideas

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The entire GenWeekly staff wishes you a healthy and peaceful New Year.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Dealing with the proliferation of Paperwork

Christine Sweet-Hart contributed the article, "Managing a Large Genealogical Project", reminding us that New Year's is coming and you want to make a resolution to become better organized than you have in the past.


What greater honor can we give our forbearers?

Melissa Slate contributed the article, "Illuminating the Darkness" offering a collection of seasonal thoughts for honoring our loved ones.


Don't Forget to Record Christmas Traditions

Gena Philibert-Ortega contributed the article, "Christmas Traditions: Past and Present" highlighting websites might help you better understand your traditions and that of your ancestors.


Friday, December 8, 2006

The Key to Understanding Land Records

Melissa Slate contributed the article, "The Headright Land System of Virginia", highlighting that the study of land records can bring us many important clues into the study of our past.

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Churches Offer Historical Information About Family

Alan Smith contributed the article, "Church Records", suggesting that churches are more than just a depository of marriage, death and baptism records, but also living bodies of individuals whom collectively can have a lot of historical information about a family member.


A Treasure Trove of Undocumented Stories

Christine Sweet-Hart contributed the article, "Uncatalogued Correspondence and Notes Can Yield Great Clues for Research", advising not to discount the local library or historical society's uncatalogued correspondence and research notes as they can yield great clues for furthering your research goals.


Friday, December 1, 2006

Researching Ancestors Through Museum Collections

Christina Inge contributed the article, "That Quilt in the Corner", which explains that museums can be a rich source of genealogical material, especially on female ancestors.


Practice good writing techniques, and you will get answers

Karan Pittman contributed the article, "Good Letters Will Get Good Information", offering the perspective that sooner or later every genealogist has to write a letter either to a relative, a stranger, a library or a government entity requesting information for family history.


Pennsylvania Dutch not of Dutch Lineage

Melissa Slate contributed the article, "History of the Pennsylvania Dutch", offering a brief history of the origins of the Pennsylvania Dutch in America.

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