Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Record Precise Locations as They Were at the Time


For the dates of each of the events in your ancestors' life, always record the precise location as it existed at the time of the event. That includes birth, marriage, divorce, censuses, military service, land and property transactions, date of will, death, probate, and more. Record the town, the county or parish, and the state for U.S. events. Record early American locations as “British Colony”, “French Colony”, “Spanish Colony, etc., for events that occurred in locations while they were under governmental control of those countries. For foreign locations, list the town, province and county, and country at the time.


Remember that, because boundaries and jurisdictions changed so much over time, you should be certain you have the correct county or state, or province or country listed as it existed when the event occurred. Refer to printed histories of an area to help clarify dates of governmental control and of boundary changes. Use old printed atlases, digitized historical maps online, and gazetteers/place name dictionaries can be invaluable in locating places, especially if names have changed or a place no longer exists.

This work will be important to you for purposes of locating copies of records any time you seek them for an ancestor’s life and for understanding context. It is also important for future researchers who want to confirm your research and obtain copies for themselves to review and analyze.

The Genealogy Squad Passes the 20,000 Member Mark!

The Genealogy Squad, the newest Facebook membership group for genealogists, just passed its 20,000 member milestone today!


Launched on 6 May 2019 by Administrators Blaine T. Bettinger, Ph. D., J.D., (of DNA-Central), Cyndi Ingle (of Cyndi's List), and Drew Smith and George G. Morgan (of The Genealogy Guys Podcast), the new group has experienced astronomical growth. And it doesn't show any signs of slowing down!
The group provides a friendly place to get expert research help from the admin staff and to share and collaborate with other genealogists from around the world. DNA discussions are best discussed at its sibling group, Genetic Genealogy Tips & Techniques at
https://www.facebook.com/groups/geneticgenealogytipsandtechniques/. In tandem, these two groups are your go-to destinations for all things genealogy!

Visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/genealogysquad and request to join The Genealogy Squad. You'll soon see why it is the fastest-growing Facebook site for your general genealogy discussions!

Friday, August 9, 2019

Library Book Sales Provide Treasures

Many public libraries in the U.S. are supported by their Friends of the Library groups. One of their prime fund-raising ventures is book sales. Such an event can be used to liquidate older versions of books from their collection and to sell books donated by citizens. These may include materials that can be valuable to your genealogical research. Older atlases may be useless to a library or a donor, but may be invaluable to your work. Reference books, language dictionaries, almanacs, local, state and national histories, older editions of genealogy how-tos, and other books may supplement your personal reference collection at a tiny fraction of the price of new books. Check with your library as to whether they or other libraries in your area sponsor book sales.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

New Magazine Articles by George G. Morgan

George has two articles published in magazines this month.

In theAugust/September 2019 issue of Internet Genealogy magazine, published by Moorshead Magazines, Ltd., George has an article titled "Five Go-To Sites You Should Consider." As he says that these "continue to provide first-rate content content to inform and improve our research in many ways." His list includes:

You're sure to want to read the article to learn what these great sites can do for your research and why he thinks they are his top "go-to" reference sites and how to get the most from them.

In the September Issue of Family Tree Magazine, George writes in his regular column titled "Document Detective" about the 1939 Register for England & Wales. The record collection provides fantastic information from the beginning of World War II about the residents. Following the 1921 census there, which will not be made available to the public until 2021, there is no surviving 1931 census records and there was no census taken in 1941 because of World War II. The 1939 Register is therefore a very important research aid for your ancestors and families living at the time. You'll learn all about the content and how it was used in this article.

George is also a regular columnist for the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly and writes for other print and online publications.