Notes from the past…

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Women’s History Month, Day 9: The Turner Family Bible


This certifies that Isaac Turner and S. S. Vance

were united by me in the

Holy Bonds of Matrimony ??? 29th day of ??? in the year of our Lord 1855

in presence of

Samuel Vance, J. B. Ellerge, S. A. Vance, M. A. Ellerge

Sadly, there are only four pages that remain of the Turner Family Bible. These page remnants were repaired by simple scotch tape and mounted on cardboard. Not the ideal manner of salvaging 160+ year-old documents. But it’s done and this is all that’s left.

By comparing the word “Turner” at the top of this page with Sarah Turner’s signature on Isaac’s Civil War pension documents, it appears that this Bible page was completed by Sarah herself. Most of the writing on the 3 other surviving pages also appears to be that of Sarah Turner.

Even though these documents are in poor condition, they do contain a wealth of information, most of it amassed “in the first person”, as it were.

Thank you, Sarah!

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Of plugins and panic: A conclusion


I went back to my blog, clicked on Log in, and…

Obviously, deleting the suspect plugin caused WordPress to revert to the default login script, thereby allowing me to log in to my site and create these posts.

This dilemma is analogous to a typical situation found in family history research:

A theory looks to be supported by reliable evidence and sources and seems to fit, only to suddenly find that some of that evidence is faulty, the sources are in question and the theory just doesn’t work.

What to do?

First, don’t panic. Stop and think. In most cases, doing nothing won’t hurt. Third great-grandpa Joe is already dead. It probably won’t bother him much if you take a break.

Step back and look at the big picture. What do you actually know about this man?  His family? The period in which he lived?

Review your evidence and sources. Has anything changed recently? Anything new been added?

Did you find something? Does that marriage date that you just added to your database seem not quite right? A closer look might reveal the culprit. 3GGF Joe most probably wasn’t married at age 12.

Yes, sometimes it’s that obvious and simple to correct. Throw that marriage date out, delete that plugin.

Maybe I don’t have the fancy login page that I wanted, but my site works again!

Same with genealogy. If it doesn’t work, throw it out and keep looking.