Tidying Up

Thanks to a brief e-mail conversation with Larry Watts, I was able to find Eliza Ann Graham in the 1940 census, which led me to do a major overhaul of my 2010 article about her. The following changes were published today: Eliza Ann Graham Added section headers by decade Added county clerk’s name to marriage…

Tidying Up

Today I published an update to my 2010 article on John Henry Graham and Mary Matilda Bohannon. Updated the link to the National Archives regarding the 1890 census. Added images from the 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940 census. Added in the name of the day for all known dates. Added relationship between Mary Matilda Bohannon…

Pink Coffin

I was re-reading my previous article on Jesse Graham & Sarah Scott when I had the following conversation with my daughter. “What’s that?” she asked, looking at a photograph of a grave marker. “That’s the grave of my great great grandmother, and your great great great grandmother,” I said. “What’s the coffin look like?” “I…

When Looking Back, Don’t Forget To Back Up

For some time I’ve been using a web site called BackupMyTree to, well, back-up my tree. If you ever read the first message on this journal, you’ll remember that I created Graham Ancestry after I’d lost all my previous research in a hard drive failure. That will never happen to me again, because BackupMyTree now…

DNA Doings

In September, FamilyTreeDNA was having a sale on their DNA testing kits, so I went ahead and ordered the Family Finder test. I’d been thinking about submitting a DNA test for a while, I just hadn’t gotten around to it. I’m now waiting on the results, which are expected by 9 January 2013. There are…

How to Quickly Discourage Genealogy Newcomers

Here's something from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter that's worth a read. I've had something similar to what's described in this article happen to me as a result of my journal, so I can sympathize. How to Quickly Discourage Genealogy Newcomers - Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter.

Obituaries Are Usually Wrong

I’ve published several obituaries here at stately Graham Ancestry, almost always with copious footnotes. If there’s one thing I’ve learned practicing genealogy, it’s that obituaries usually get something wrong. Whether it is the spelling of a name or the date of an event, always double-check the information given in an obituary. For example, the marriage…

Tidying Up The Gray Home

A revision was published to the article on John Jasper Graham, adding in new information taken from the obituaries of John and his wife Danner. Expanded the paragraphs regarding John and Danner’s deaths Added a photograph of their grave marker Corrected the spelling of “Delois” Expanded the section on name variations Made some grammatical corrections…