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Posts about using primary sources for genealogy research. Primary sources are created at the time of an event, such as birth, marriage, and death records.

29 Jun 2017

Western State Lunatic Asylum and Martha Saul

By |29 Jun 2017|Primary Sources|1 Comment

The Western State Lunatic Asylum and Martha Saul is my follow-up post to a 2010 (!) Madness Monday post about my husband's great-great grandmother. In 1860, she was a wife and mother to five children; in the 1870 census, she was found at the "Western State Lunatic Asylum" in [...]

26 Jun 2017

Place Research Tool for Genealogy Research

By |26 Jun 2017|Databases, Maps, Research Tips|2 Comments

Place Research Tool for genealogy research is the new way to search the huge database of geographical information at FamilySearch. Place Research Tool helps you find standardized information for place names with links to GPS-generated maps, variant spellings, and changes to place names over time. In addition to helping genealogists search for [...]

31 May 2017

Searching for Medad Curtis the Shaker

By |31 May 2017|Church Records, Curtis, Surnames|1 Comment

Searching for Medad Curtis the Shaker took me down many interesting research paths, including accounts of his daring rescue of Shaker founder Mother Ann Lee. Some sources said Medad was a Shaker and others say he was the only non-Shaker buried in one of their cemeteries because he saved founder [...]

30 May 2017

Using Sanborn Maps for Genealogy

By |30 May 2017|Maps|Comments Off on Using Sanborn Maps for Genealogy

Are you using Sanborn Maps for genealogy research? Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps are a great resource for your research on North American geographic places, including tracing family businesses. The Sanborn Map Company created and published of maps of U.S. cities and towns, and some in Canada and Mexico, over many [...]