I love reading obituaries – particularly old ones! Okay, in terms of the general population, I guess that’s a little strange. But for the average genealogy buff/family historian, it’s probably normal. In fact, if you visit my genealogy website, you can find many obituaries that I have transcribed for my various family lines.
Obituaries written in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are often very different than the ones written now. I love the phrases they used – “worthy and useful citizen,” “interesting child,” “much esteemed,” and the somewhat jarring “[insert name here] is no more.” Continue reading
A genealogical resource (or tool) that I’m currently under-utilizing is GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) technology. There are just so many ways this technology could help with genealogical research, and I have only been taking advantage of a few of them.
First, it pretty much goes with out saying that if you have the address of a courthouse, genealogy society, library, etc, you can plug that into a car GPS unit to get you where you need to go without worrying about getting lost. But suppose you want to go to a cemetery, homestead site, mill ruins, or some such place and you don’t have a street address. Continue reading