Jun 12

The Value in Checking Your Work: A Tale of Two Captains

I am going through the tedious process of going over past research and double checking my data. It’s not as “fun” as initial research since you are not usually finding “new” info, however, I have found over the past that it is necessary. I have almost always found errors in my original work.. some big, …

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May 13

A Surprise Connection to Frederick Law Olmsted

Bill and I are season pass holders for the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. We love seeing the estate in different seasons and have always appreciated the wonderful grounds that were laid out by landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. Bill had a special interest in Olmsted since he had read a book about the …

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Jul 05

Proving “Assumptions” – Sometimes the Most Difficult Part of Research

I am still in the process of tying up loose ends and breaking down brick walls as I finish up a book on one of my families. Yesterday I was able to prove an assumption about a certain couple through the use of various sources. I get frustrated with what I call “lazy genealogists” who …

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Jun 19

Kift / Kiff Corrections: A Tale of Two Williams and Why NOT to Make Assumptions

As many of you know, I’m deep in to double checking all of my Kieft ( Kift, Kiff, Kiffte et al ) research before putting together a family history book. During this process I’m finding some new info and resources that were not available the first time I did the bulk of my research on …

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Jun 09

New Discoveries: Joanna Crocombe Kift and Richard German

I am working on tying up the loose ends on my Kieft family research in order to put a book together. In doing so, I have found some new information that was not available when I first started looking in to this family. I decided to share the new family connections that I’ve found. Photo …

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Apr 27

Old Letters Give You Glimpse in to Ancestors’ Day to Day Lives

As a genealogist, I’ve read official record after official record. You can, of course, glean a myriad of information from baptism records, marriage records, census records etc. You can make assumptions about what an ancestor’s life was like based on where they lived, what their occupation was, how much schooling they had etc, but nothing …

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Mar 11

Update on Wrynn/Rynn/Rinn Family of Leitrim, Ireland and New Haven, CT

I hadn’t worked on this family for quite awhile, but I recently realized that there were parish registers from the parish they were from in Leitrim on a film that I have on permanent loan at the LDS FHC here. So today I decided to look at the records and see what I could find. …

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