Notes from the past…


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Doesn’t make it Gospel….

…but it sure is nice!

This is the 1860 Federal Census entry for Dr Thomas Jefferson Bettis of Clarke County, Alabama. Dr Bettis was the 1st husband of my 2nd great grandaunt, Edna Earle Dixon. There is a genealogical gift here, hidden in plain view. His is the final entry on the page. Do you see it?

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Look closely at Column 10, Place of Birth…

His county of birth is listed! I have never seen that before, and I have studied hundred of census sheets.

A special thanks to the late Andrew J Turner, Asst Marshall, the man who asked the right question!


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#31WBGB: Promote a Blog Post

31 Weeks ButtonThis week’s challenge for Tonia’s 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog is to promote a blog post.

As this blog is already linked to Twitter and Facebook, this option is covered. I use internal links and comment on other blogs as appropriate, although I could leave comments more often. I do follow a lot of genealogy blogs with great interest. Some of the other suggestions just don’t appeal to me.

But what about a newsletter? Maybe…

Let’s see, where to begin. I Googled “genealogy newsletter” and looked at several examples to see what kind of format was used and what type of information to include. I also checked out a few sites where I could create a newsletter using templates.

I finally settled on WordPress.com, the home of this blog. I created a new WordPress.com site and picked out a snazzy, happy theme called Vertigo. I then added some content and my newsletter was born!

I hope this will be a fun and informative newsletter, so please visit and if you like what you see, I would be honored to have you subscribe to Ruth’s Genealogy The Newsletter!


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Do we really need another federal holiday? YES!

Please support this cause:

The 1940 United States Federal Census will be released digitally on April 2, 2012. On that day, millions of genealogists and family historians across American are at risk of developing a rare, yet debilitating disease known as Census Fever. As this malady is extremely contagious, those effected will be forced to remain at home for an unspecified period of time, thus negatively impacting this nation’s Gross National Product (GNP) and overall economy.
Therefore, to protect the United States’ standing in the global economy and possibly prevent another Great Depression-type event, we at Ruth’s Genealogy respectfully request that April 2, 2012 be deemed a federal holiday known as Enumeration Day.

DO THE RIGHT THING!