[(Almost) Wordless Wednesday] Forsyth County Georgia Marriage Book G “Colored”

When you see this... And then you see this... And realize there was once a company with some line on an order form somewhere asking: Aha, you want to buy a marriage registry book for your county? How about a nice volume for "Colored" marriages? (The Times-Recorder is Americus, Georgia's newspaper to this day.) The … Continue reading [(Almost) Wordless Wednesday] Forsyth County Georgia Marriage Book G “Colored”

Need Genealogy Software Recommendations

Tl;dr - I'm looking for a genealogy app or software for Mac that's really heavy on place and migration route research. Know of anything? So you guys know that I'm an amateur genealogist. And like any amateur, I find myself starting out with cobbled together tools. I use Ancestry.com a lot, just because it's so … Continue reading Need Genealogy Software Recommendations

Behind “Farm Laborer”: A Peek at Working Whites of the Old South

If you're like me you're grateful when you find a relative in a census or other source holding an occupation anything - ANYTHING - other than "farmer" or "farm laborer." ...But a book I've been wanting to read for over a decade and somehow finally just procured has me realizing that - like with just … Continue reading Behind “Farm Laborer”: A Peek at Working Whites of the Old South

[Follow Friday] Your Daguerreotype Boyfriend, Child Laborers, & an American in Paris

As I approach my 50th blog post, I realized I haven't done a Follow Friday in forever. ...So here goes! Photography My Daguerreotype Boyfriend - Admit it. You thought Robert Cornelius, the photographer of the very first selfie back in 1839, was hot.  (To me he looks like what Heathcliff should look like.) Well, this … Continue reading [Follow Friday] Your Daguerreotype Boyfriend, Child Laborers, & an American in Paris

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair (Sep 3 and 4th – Online!)

So I'm giving you about 12 minutes notice that the National Archives is holding a virtual genealogy fair today. Yep - we can get all of the goodness of a genealogy conference without leaving our messy desks. (Okay, well mine is messy. Maybe some of you guys are members of The Organized Genealogist on Facebook.) How … Continue reading National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair (Sep 3 and 4th – Online!)

How to Greet a Lady or Gentleman (When You’re in 1849)

After doing so much research in Forsyth County, GA (where old newspapers are few and far between), I was delighted to discover that the Keowee Courier from Pickens County, SC has been printing almost continuously since 1849. Yay! This little gem comes from the Keowee Courier's very first issue on May 18th, 1849. Tl;dr "Take … Continue reading How to Greet a Lady or Gentleman (When You’re in 1849)