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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 [...]

19 Apr 2017

Researching Your Civilian Conservation Corps Relative

By |19 Apr 2017|archives, genealogy, primary sources|5 Comments

Interested in researching your Civilian Conservation Corps relative? Try the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Enrollee Records. The CCC was designed to provide jobs for young men, and to relieve their families who could not find work during the Great Depression in the United States, all while improving and conserving open space [...]

25 Mar 2017

Finding Scottish Ancestors Webinar & Guide

By |25 Mar 2017|primary sources, Sassy Jane Genealogy Guides, Scottish genealogy|Comments Off on Finding Scottish Ancestors Webinar & Guide

Join me on Saturday 1 April 2017 at 10 a.m. PDT, when I present Finding Scottish Ancestors Online. This webinar is part of the 2017 bimonthly series hosted by the Southern California Genealogical Society. Registration is free; sign up to attend clicking here. For FAQs about this webinar, click [...]