The Legal Genealogist blog is excellent

If you are doing genealogy research, especially in an area you are not familiar with, you will need to understand the laws that were in place. Judy G. Russell, known as the “Legal Genealogist” has a great blog where they is always something to learn. Give her a follow-but more than that, browse through her blog and see all the different topics she has wrote about. Here is a link, tell her the familytreegirl sent you:


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News from the Board for Certification of Genealogists


Congrats to Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG, as the new President of BCG. Thinking about doing this. I am done with school and have to make a decision, research or certification? What would you do?

Originally posted on Planting the Seeds:


17 October 2014


Genealogists seeking board certification will have a clearer idea of portfolio requirements following the October 12 meeting of the trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists in Salt Lake City. The Board also welcomed a new executive committee and two new members. Several trustees volunteered for a newly enlarged marketing committee. Trustee Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG, CGL, made a generous donation to fund a full year of BCG’s new free public instructional webinars.

To emphasize the fact that not all who apply for certification take clients, the fifth required item in an application portfolio will now be called “Research Report Prepared for Another” rather than “Research Report Prepared for a Client.” The item’s requirements remain the same: research and report on a genealogical problem authorized by someone…

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Anderson Cooper traces his family’s roots through the Deep South


After airing his story with Finding Your Roots, CNN is doing a Journey Home, I just watched all episodes. Also watch the interview with Dr. Gates, they found more regarding the Boykins. Enjoy!

Originally posted on Anderson Cooper 360:

You are used to seeing Anderson Cooper telling other people’s stories on AC360, now he is telling his own.  Anderson has been tracing his family’s roots and uncovered remarkable secrets that he never imagined.

For the first time, Anderson learns that his ancestors who fought on opposite sides of the Civil War nearly met on the same battlefield. He also learned about a distant relative who was killed by a slave that he owned.

That’s not all Anderson found when he traveled to trace his roots in Mississippi and Louisiana.

Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. shared new information for Anderson about the slaves owned by his distance ancestor. Professor Gates traced Anderson’s family tree for a recent episode of “Finding Your Roots” on PBS.

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Monique talks about breaking down the walls

Monique and I have something in common. Our ancestors hail from the same county, Jefferson County, Virginia, and as of June 20, 1863, West Virginia. Hers were enslaved and my were free, at least two of the known families. We wonder if they knew each other, asking if there were there any encounters? Monique and family went to Jefferson County this pass weekend and visited the plantation where her ancestors were enslaved by one of George Washington’s family members. She met some great local historians. Check out her blog and meet Jasper Thompson. Thanks Monique!

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Ancestry Destroys Irreplaceable DNA Database


I just don’t understand why this happened!

Originally posted on DNAeXplained - Genetic Genealogy:


In spite of petitions and letters and pleas, from their customers, from the genealogy community and from the leaders in genetic genealogy, Ancestry did exactly what they said they would do – they deleted the Y and mtDNA data bases and in effect, destroyed the contents – tens of thousands of irreplaceable records, gone, forever.

In other words, they burned the courthouse of the County DNA.

Worse yet, several years ago, in 2007, Ancestry had acquired the DNA results of the customers of Relative Genetics and incorporated them into their Y and mtDNA database.   So the results of testing at two companies from the earliest days of genetic genealogy are gone – poof – up in smoke – not available for comparison or searching – the lynchpin of genetic genealogy.

It’s simply beyond me how a company that makes their living from rare historic records, like the census, for example, could be…

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Searching Ohio? Have you checked the newspapers?

We all know about researching newspapers and the need for more resources. They are a good resource to view dates and events. They are coming online monthly, so for the family historian’s and genealogists, this is exciting. Newspapers bring information such as, locations, names, details about an individual, employment information, and maybe connections to others, etc.  I saw this link on twitter the other day from the Great Lakes History folks and thought I would check it out.

I am seeking info on the Davis and Marsh families who did a stop over in the great state of Ohio on the way to settling in Michigan. William & wife Mildred (Brand) Davis and family entered Ohio about 1858, hailing from Franklin County, PA, first renting in Wayne County, then purchasing 25 acres in the neighboring county called Medina. But did anything else happen in the area? That is when you need to think outside the box and ask who or what else has information. I located the deeds for the Davis’s purchasing the land. I have to consider numerous things about this family being “colored”, having some money (they sold their 11 acres in Franklin County, PA) traveling and buying property on the brink of the Civil War.  Medina didn’t require the Davis family to pay the $500 to register in the county. The Davis’s only lived in Medina for 5 years, but had two babies (Alma & Henry). The Davis family did sell their land (in 1863) and headed to Benzie County, Michigan to homestead 160 acres. I located a Civil War registration record for William and Mildred’s oldest son, Joseph Brand Davis, but do not think he served, yet! Okay, I am hot the trail, time to check out the Ohio Newspaper site.

Now for George & Mary (Goens/Goings) Marsh-they left Jefferson County, West Virginia supposedly right after the Civil War. Can you imagine all the turmoil and confusion going on. At the time they only had  one daughter, Nancy “Ardella” and she was a little over 1 yr old. In the wagon they go, heading north, as most people of color did back then. George and Mary stop over in Morrow County, Ohio and stayed only two years before heading to Manistee County, Michigan and homesteading. So far I am not able to locate any deeds or anything on the Marsh family in Morrow and did not find where they had to pay the $500 registration fee to enter into Morrow County. But, another daughter was born, Sarah, in Morrow County, Ohio. Now how do I know this? When Sarah was baptized at the Reorganized Church of the Latter Day Saints in Joyfield Michigan, in Benzie County,

Sarah Marsh Davis (Sarah Marsh Davis)

her birth was noted on her record. Great find! The Marsh’s leave me with lots of empty spaces and questions to figure out. So let’s see if there is information in the newspapers to help me understand what was going on in the Marsh world in Ohio.

By the way, Henry Davis born in 1863 in Medina, Ohio married Sarah Marsh, born in Morrow County, Ohio. Henry is my great grandfather. Sarah and Henry had one child, Rudolph. Sarah passed away when Rudolph was young and Henry married Sarah’s sister Clara, my great grandmother.

Henry&ClaraMarshDavis Henry and Clara (Marsh) Davis

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Record workplace bullying award against Walmart reduced on appeal

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