Monthly Archives for July, 2012

Genealogy on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Posted on: July 7th, 2012 by
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As I was driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway last month (stopping every half mile so I didn't miss any overlooks or exhibits), I was pleased to notice that the National Park Service had incorporated genealogy into its interpretive materials! Entering the parkway in Virginia at Rockfish Gap, I discovered that the exhibits at the Humpback Rocks Visitor Center and Farm included materials about Continue reading the story "Genealogy on the Blue Ridge Parkway"

Over the Blue

Posted on: July 5th, 2012 by
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In my last post, I talked about the value of seeing the ground your ancestors walked and understanding its geography, specifically how seeing Pennsylvania's Blue Mountain helped me understand my ancestors' migration patterns. Most of my Pennsylvania German ancestors were among those who arrived in Philadelphia, moved up to the frontier along the Blue, and stayed there for several generations (although Continue reading the story "Over the Blue"

Indexers Rock!

Posted on: July 3rd, 2012 by
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I posted recently about the five-million-name goal for 1940 census indexing on July 2. More than 46,000 indexers and arbitrators responded to the challenge. In less than sixteen hours, they met the five-million-name goal, but they didn't stop there. End result: over seven million names indexed and three million arbitrated, for a total over ten million. May all your Continue reading the story "Indexers Rock!"