Something Borrowed

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here at Graham Ancestry, but it’s not because I didn’t have anything to write about. I actually have plenty of news to share, but I’ve been doing a lot of work lately for Uncle Sam… wait… let me rephrase that. I don’t want people thinking I actually have…

Something New, Something Old

“If you share a common ancestor with somebody, you're related to them. It doesn't mean that you're going to invite them to the family reunion, but it means that you share DNA.” – Henry Louis Gates There’s been a bit of stuff happening with my Graham genealogy research lately, and I’ve just now found the…

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…

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…

Rambo School

Here is a collection of photographs of the old Rambo School, located on Searcy County Highway 8, about half a mile southwest of Rambo Cemetery in Arkansas. The school was established circa 1889, according to the faded sign above its door. Many Grahams and Watts attended class here, including my dad! I don't presently know…

How I Spent My Arkansas Vacation

A couple of weeks ago I took a week’s vacation from work so that I could attend the North Arkansas Ancestor Fair and the Graham family reunion, both in Marshall, Arkansas.  This will be a recap of the highlights. Travellin’ Down Left Chicagoland and drove south.  Our goal the first day was simply to travel…

North Arkansas Ancestor Fair

The “oldest and most popular family-history event in north Arkansas” will be held 3-4 June 2011 in Marshall, Arkansas. “The North Arkansas Ancestor Fair is an annual event that offers county historical societies and family historians sharing and collecting information about northern Arkansas families.” Regular readers of Graham Ancestry know that Marshall is the epicenter…

Cracking the Case of Evisa Graham

A couple of weeks ago I posted about Eliza J Graham, a grand aunt that I was having trouble learning about beyond having been enumerated in two census.  I started to learn more only after I made the post, of course.  And so today I have largely rewritten that original post and included a couple…