Notes from the past…


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1940 Census Saturday: Joseph Farr Bailey

Prior to the release of the 1940 U S Census, I created a list of everyone in my database who should be in that census. Each Saturday I hope to be able to introduce an ancestor and his/her enumeration sheet from my 1940 Census “Wish List”:

Joseph Farr Bailey (1880-1961) would become the 5th husband of my great-grandmother Dovie C McBurnett.

1940 United States Federal Census for Joe F Bailey(click to enlarge)


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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy Week 37: State Archives

Which state archives repository is your favorite? Have you been there in person? What does their website offer to visitors? Share any advice you can to potential visitors who may visit the archives in the future.

Most of my ancestors hail from the American South: Texas, Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia.

Since I live in Texas, I do most of my research into these folks online. Some day, I hope to actually travel to these states and have the time to do a little more in-depth looking around, but for now I must visit them virtually…

One of the very best virtual state archives has to be Georgia’s Virtual Vault:

Georgia's Virtual Vault

DOCUMENTS, DOCUMENTS, DOCUMENTS!!!

From Georgia’s Colonial period to the early 20th century, the Virtual Vault has thousands of images of original documents and photographs! How about a will from 1756? (This entire image is available to view at the site, along with the source information. Just zoom in or out as needed.)

Altherr, Johannes

The site is fully searchable and even has a the unique feature of being to set up a My Favorites area to save and share what you find. Pretty cool!

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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.


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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy Week #36: Ancestor Photos

For which ancestral photograph are you most grateful? Who is in the photo and how did you acquire it? Why does the photo hold a special place in your heart?

I have many old photographs of ancestors. Some older than others, some in better condition than others. I love them all!

One of my very favorites shows a young couple on their wedding day:

You guessed it: my parents on their wedding day, 16 January 1953.

I have now that little figurine of the couple on the top of the cake. A prized possession! Turns out my grandmother had it and she gave it to me shortly after my Mom died in 1999.

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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.