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19 May 2017

Is There an Elmer Ellsworth in Your Family Tree?

By |19 May 2017|genealogy, military records|0 Comments

If he was born after 1861, your ancestor was named for Union officer Elmer Ellsworth (1837-1861). At the age of 24, as commander of the 11th New York Volunteers, also known as the First Fire Zouaves, Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth became the first Union officer killed in the Civil War. Ellsworth [...]

12 May 2017

Ancestry Shaking Leaf vs. Genealogy Brick Wall

By |12 May 2017|church records, German genealogy, search strategies|14 Comments

Ancestry Shaking Leaf vs. Genealogy Brick Wall. Which is mightier? The Ancestry shaking leaf is mightier than my brick wall. I didn’t realize it, but for nearly a decade, my Austrian research has been complicated by looking for a “vagabond" family. With one Ancestry shaking leaf, that ten-year-old Austrian brick [...]

4 May 2017

Caring for Scrapbook Family Photographs

By |4 May 2017|family photos & records, genealogy, preservation|Comments Off on Caring for Scrapbook Family Photographs

Are you caring for scrapbook family photographs? Do your scrapbook family photographs look like the one above? Here are some solutions from an archivist-genealogist. During #AskAnArchivist Day, Missy asked: I've been given large portions of my grandmother's photographic/scrapbook collection and also her eldest brother's. Some of the photos from [...]