Thanks a Lot,

No, really.  I guess it's time for me to rework my entire research process. If you're a genealogist, you already know about this. If you're not, you probably don't care.  On Tuesday, 8 Dec 2015, Kendall Hulet of announced via email and the Ancestry blog that they would be retiring their desktop software package... Continue Reading →

How to Get Started

A non-genealogist recently asked me how she should begin researching her grandmother's ancestry.  I responded to her via email with an overview of the "basics" as I see them, and afterward realized that my response is worthy of reposting here on my site.  You can get the same advice elsewhere, but here it is in MY words. How... Continue Reading →

Just Walk Away…

So, it's amazing to me.  It's amazing that I can do All The Research and still come up empty, but what amazes me even more?   I can walk away from my records for a few days, come back to them for a review, and find the amazing, glaring piece of evidence ALREADY IN MY DOCUMENT, which... Continue Reading →

Recording Your Records

I am being forced to take a break from genealogy work for a month or so while we pack and move to a new home.  My books are going into boxes, my papers are going into the filing cabinet, and my mind is going crazy.  You don't realize how much you rely on performing research until you... Continue Reading →

Modesto Scottish Games, 6/6/15

As Area Deputy Chieftain of the American Clan Gregor Society, I represented ACGS at the Modesto Scottish Games and Celtic Festival yesterday, June 6, 2015, in Modesto California.  The games were wonderful, the booth was a huge success, and the pictures should say the rest!  Take a look at my album on Carousel for some... Continue Reading →

It’s not enough to be proud of your ancestry. Live up to it.

Wow, what a quote, huh?  It's from "1001 Rules for My Unborn Son" ( and I think it's one of the best pieces of advice I've ever heard. At least, for a genealogist.  Not really sure how it will benefit unborn children, but for those of us who are obsessed with our family tree, this... Continue Reading →

Erroneous Vital Records – Annoying!

Isn’t it annoying when one of your ancestors’ vital records has incorrect information? It’s an official document – it should be correct! How dare they lie on a document that will be replicated in perpetuity on the family tree, requiring a proof summary to explain away the discrepancy! But it’s important to remember that sometimes,... Continue Reading →

Why “Breeding Tells”?

A second post today, because I've received some feedback on my business name and I would like to explain myself. My original business name was History Science Theater, and that's actually still the "official" name (i.e. the one under which my DBA is confirmed, and for which my business license was approved).  That name comes from... Continue Reading →

BCG Certification Process

I'm currently "on the clock" as they call it, working on my portfolio for BCG Certification.  In case you don't already know this, BCG stands for the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and, you guessed it, certification means just that.  It's basically the highest standard that a genealogist can achieve. "Since 1964, genealogists have looked to BCG... Continue Reading →

The King Brothers’ Revolutionary War Service

  William, Valentine and John, 3rd Virginia Regiment John Edwards King was a Private in in the Stafford Co. Militia, Third Virginia Regiment.  Later, during the War of 1812, he became a General, commanding the Third Brigade in the Battle of the Thames.  Unfortunately, his service in the Revolutionary War must be re-proven for applicants... Continue Reading →

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