Genealogy tips for tracking your ancestors before 1850

7 Tips for Tracing your Pre-1850 U.S. Ancestors

In one of my recent Genealogy Technology YouTube videos, I compiled 7 pro tips for genealogists who are having trouble tracing their ancestors before 1850. That year was, of course, the first year that U.S. Federal Census began listing every family member rather than just heads of household. However, genealogy is about more than just … Continue reading 7 Tips for Tracing your Pre-1850 U.S. Ancestors

How to Search Cherokee County Georgia GIS System

How to Find Where Your Cherokee County, Georgia Ancestors Lived (Online!)

Genealogists with ancestors who lived in Cherokee County, Georgia are very lucky. We can easily search Cherokee County Georgia Land Deeds Online and then use the information we find in those deeds to figure out where our ancestors lived. And we can do it all from the comfort of our computers at 2am if we want … Continue reading How to Find Where Your Cherokee County, Georgia Ancestors Lived (Online!)

Cherokee County Georgia Genealogy book

Call for Contributors! The Cherokee County Georgia Genealogist’s Case Book

Are you a genealogist with ancestors in Cherokee County, Georgia? Have you solved a Cherokee County-based family history mystery? I want you! ...To contribute to a book. The Cherokee County Georgia Genealogist's Casebook will feature 12-15 case studies from Cherokee County based genealogists. The premise is simple: Ask a genealogical question (Who were my great-grandmother's parents? … Continue reading Call for Contributors! The Cherokee County Georgia Genealogist’s Case Book

How to Search Cherokee County, GA Land Records Online

Yay! Genealogists with Georgia ancestry are in luck. We can search Cherokee County Georgia land records online and (hopefully) bust through some brick walls. Here's how to get started: Intro to Searching Cherokee County, GA Deeds Online Go to Deedsrecords.CherokeeGA.com Click Accept to get to the Index Book Search You'll arrive at a page with … Continue reading How to Search Cherokee County, GA Land Records Online

William D. Butterworth (1849-1937) – who’s your daddy? (Solved)

So a huge part of my genealogy hobby as an adult has been going back and redoing all the haphazard research I did at 14. (And I don't beat myself up about the fact that 20+ years later I'm nowhere near finished with this project. See "Online Family Trees or 'How I Learned to Stop Worrying … Continue reading William D. Butterworth (1849-1937) – who’s your daddy? (Solved)

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Letter from George W. West to Paschal West, 1887

I'm thrilled to finally be able to transcribe and publish another one of the letters from the late 1800's my cousin Ron West sent to me. These letters are from my West ancestors and are true treasures! The other two I've already transcribed can be found here: A Letter from Jennet Cowen West, 1888 A … Continue reading Letter from George W. West to Paschal West, 1887