Land Records Showed the Way

One of the first stumbling blocks I encountered in my research was the family of my great-great-great-grandfather Peter Andrews (1814-1882), father of my great-great-grandmother Rebecca (Andrews) Whetstone, who married Absalom K. Whetstone of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. A handy county-history biography of one of Rebecca and Absalom’s sons-in-law revealed the...

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Come to Boston for Celtic Connections Conference 2018!

Summer is the season for road trips, conferences, and educational offerings. If you have Celtic connections–Scottish, Irish, or Welsh, here’s a conference you won’t want to miss. And it will be held in Newton, Massachusetts, just outside Boston, so you can easily add a visit to Boston’s repositories and/or...

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Genealogy Software

When I give talks or teach classes, I am often asked for recommendations about genealogy software. People are looking for the “best” program to record and organize their findings. The answer I give is that the “best” program is the one that fits the user–provides the desired functionality, works...

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The Case of the Disappearing Daughters, Part 3

In Part 1 and Part 2 of this post, I talked about my search for the daughters of James M. Galt James M. Galt (1849-1939). Part 1 showed how the probate record of the girls’ maternal grandfather David West (1823-1898) provided key information that allowed me to complete the...

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