Lightner West and the Horrors of War

Yesterday I inadvertently had a War Movie Day. I happened to be at my momโ€™s while she watched Monuments Men, and then I went with my dad to see the new Brad Pitt WWII tank movie, Fury. Strangely enough, I had just hours earlier been perusing the Compiled Civil War Service Records for my 3rd … Continue reading Lightner West and the Horrors of War

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[52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks] Edward West, My Rabble-Rousing 87-Year-Old Grandfather

Early on in the year, genealogist Amy Crow of No Story Too Small challenged all blogging genealogists to write about one ancestor per week for 52 weeks. This is my first entry in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge. I think it's fitting that the first ancestor I blog about in the 52 Ancestors … Continue reading [52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks] Edward West, My Rabble-Rousing 87-Year-Old Grandfather

[(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. ย (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