Is the tail wagging the dog in your genealogy research? Resist the temptation to jump at each hint and online family tree. Instead, take the lead in your own research and follow the scent of each clue with genealogical best practices. Here’s how… Almost as soon as you start adding information to your family tree … Continue reading HOW TO USE ONLINE GENEALOGY TREES AND HINTS WISELY
By Kenneth H. Thomas Jr.—For the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Many of us began our genealogy journeys visiting cemeteries and searching for tombstones. If a relative is buried in a city cemetery, there’s usually (but not always) an office record and a map showing where. But many ancestors are buried in rural cemeteries, either in family graveyards … Continue reading Keep the memory of an ancestor alive by documenting death
By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and NEHGS Senior Researcher Meaghan E.H. Siekman Differing surnames and living arrangements complicate the search for the parents of an ancestor born during Reconstruction in North Carolina. Dear Professor Gates: I am curious to know who the parents were of my paternal great-grandfather Turner Bond (1868-1925). He was a self-employed … Continue reading Tracing Your Roots: Who Were My Kin Born During Slavery?