[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)

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