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)

Integration Comes to Canton, Georgia (1964)

This historian's heart was gratified today to see a firsthand account in our local newspaper, the Cherokee Tribune, of some of the troubles Canton experienced during the Civil Rights era. Though we still have a long way to go (see: internet comments, ugh), it's heartening to see my little town having an open discussion and … Continue reading Integration Comes to Canton, Georgia (1964)

Genealogists and GTLDs: Is a New Domain Name Right for You?

Don't stop reading! I know the topic of this blog post sounds technical and deadly boring, but it may be vital to your continued success as the genealogy world moves increasingly online. Especially if you run a genealogy website or work as a professional genealogist. So hear me out here! What the Heck is Going … Continue reading Genealogists and GTLDs: Is a New Domain Name Right for You?

The Spelling of Your Family Name? Total Accident

This is something that most people who've been digging through genealogical primary sources already know, but I've found myself having a conversation about this with a bunch of interested family members and friends lately, so I thought I would write a post about this. More than likely, your name is spelled the way it is … Continue reading The Spelling of Your Family Name? Total Accident

Letter from Edith West Harris to Paschal P. West, July 1882

How are you guys today? I am pleased to write that I am tolerably well and I hope you are well, too. (Sorry, I can't help it. After getting buried in all of these old West family letters I want to talk like the writers do!)  This letter is from my 3rd Great Aunt Edith … Continue reading Letter from Edith West Harris to Paschal P. West, July 1882

How to Get Your Old Family Photos Colorized

Remember how I was complaining that I haven't been doing any genealogy or genealogy blogging for the past 6 weeks because I had a big contract? Well, I've turned in the last work on that contract and - save any edits they ask for - I'm finished. I now feel safe to spend a little … Continue reading How to Get Your Old Family Photos Colorized

Amanuensis Monday: Letter from Jennet Cowen West to Paschal P. West and Rebecca Westray West

I'm so very excited to be posting the first in a series of four transcribed letters from the family of my 4th great-grandfather, George W. West (b. abt. 1819 in Spartanburg, SC - d. 1895 in Forsyth County, Georgia.) I received these letters from Ron West, a distant cousin I recently reconnected with. He's of … Continue reading Amanuensis Monday: Letter from Jennet Cowen West to Paschal P. West and Rebecca Westray West

I’ve Located Letters from my 4th Great-Grandparents!

Thanks to my long lost Arkansas cousin, Ron West, whom I located through FamilyTreenDNA.com, I have just read 5 letters written from relatives in the family of my 4th great-grandfather, George W. West (abt. 1819-1895). One letter was even penned by my 4th great-grandmother, Jennet Cowen West, herself. If I can stop bawling my eyes … Continue reading I’ve Located Letters from my 4th Great-Grandparents!

Amanuensis Monday: Cherokee (Georgia) Advance Newspaper Account of the 1928 Tornado

Story #1: From page of the Friday, March 28, 1928 edition of the Cherokee Advance TORNADO TAKES HEAVY TOLL OF LIFE AND PROPERTY IN THIS COUNTY LAST MONDAY NIGHT NEAR LATHEMTOWN Five Killed and a Score Injured. Many Houses and Barns Blown Away CATTLE, HOGS, CHICKENS DISAPPEAR IN TORNADO Most Appalling Disaster Ever Visited Upon … Continue reading Amanuensis Monday: Cherokee (Georgia) Advance Newspaper Account of the 1928 Tornado

John Rambo: Georgia Convict

I just had to share this little gem I came across while indexing Georgia Convict registers. (Click it to make it larger.) John Rambo was a cabinet maker in Georgia wanted for... escape. I suppose I should have guessed that one. By the way, I'm working on indexing 900 old historical records through the World … Continue reading John Rambo: Georgia Convict