Archival Survival Part III: Virginia and Georgia Research, and Your Family Tree

By Jeanne Rollberg After commemorations of the September 11, 2001 attacks this week and after America’s birthday celebration on July 4, researchers about America are reminded: It’s time to re-dedicate ourselves to investigating history, our immigrant ancestors, and their families’ contributions to the United States. When we seek comprehensive information on forebears and the contextual…

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Three Things to Know Before Joining a Lineage Society

By Ericka Grizzard Lineage societies such as Daughters/Sons of the American Revolution, The General Society of Mayflower Descendants, and many others serve as notable distinctions and sources of tremendous pride – the certified stamp on your family’s presence at certain points on the timeline of history. Today’s societies, while rooted in specific heritage, are largely…

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So-called Defective, Dependent, and Delinquent Classes: The 1880 DDD Census Schedule for Genealogy

By Laura Pinhey On the 1880 Federal Census record for my three-times great-grandfather there is a mark in the “Insane” column of the “Health” section. When I first saw the mark, I assumed it was a stray or a flaw in the microfilm. It seemed impossible to me that the census taker could have deliberately…

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