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Settlements, marriages, people, and government
Posted Thursday, August 27, at 1:51 PM
By 1624, plantations and settlements where all up and down the shores of the James River for over a 100 miles, or at least as far as the eye could see. This was territory of magisterial government with Jamestown as its capital. But just a few years before the settlements got their start, an event happen that brought some peace to the area: the marriage of Pocahontas. ...

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Thanksgiving in America
Posted Thursday, August 20, at 11:40 AM

The first time the English gave thanks to their Lord and Creator in America was probably in a service led by Chaplain Fletcher in northern California, around 1579. Many Thanksgiving services were certainly held by the English at Fort Raleigh, Roanoke Island, during the period of 1885-87...

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Where are these history lessons going?
Posted Thursday, August 13, at 4:15 PM

Needless to say, some folks don't seem to understand what this country is all about. So I decided I would try to explain it by what I learned from my history teacher, Mr. Larry Osburn. You have to know where you came from to know where you are going and to understand what others before you gave up for you to have the life you have...

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America's first town site
Posted Friday, August 7, at 12:09 PM

The ships have landed and all around the passengers are filled with excitement and adventure, but first they must choose a site for their settlement. Exploring the north shore of the James River on May 13, they stopped at a beautiful spot called Archer's Hope, a place they wished to settle, but the shoal prevented the ships form reaching the shore, so they turned back a short distance where they found a low lying island where the three ships could be moored to trees along the shore where in case of an attack they could leave their fort for the comparative safety of the ship. ...

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Birthplace of America
Posted Friday, July 31, at 12:20 PM

I was certainly blessed with a group of teachers that taught America history. But not one of them could hold a candle to Mr. Larry Osborn. Mr. Osborn came into the classroom and sit up on top of his desk with one leg hanging over the edge and the other on the floor. ...

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The Good Ole Days: A Pair of Overalls
Posted Friday, July 17, at 11:12 AM

I love overalls. As most of you know Monday was my birthday, and on my birthday I remember my dear cousin Donald Logan Smith. He and my Dad, Daniel Evans, played together as children, and as far back as I can find pictures of them as little boys, they are in overalls. ...

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The University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Posted Tuesday, June 30, at 9:40 AM

Looking to find where your German Ancestor might have lived and finding the location of the village or hamlet? Here is a site that has your solution online. The University of Wisconsin has digitized Jacob Ravenstein's 1883 edition of the Atlas des Deutschen Reiches...

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Salvation Army and Genealogy
Posted Tuesday, June 30, at 9:40 AM

There is a lot more to the Salvation Army then Christmas donation campaigns and help for those that are down on their luck. When most people think of the Salvation Army or the Sally Ann, we think of an organization who is dedicated to helping the homeless, poor, sick, hungry, struggling, and those that have no where else to go. ...

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Research Source
Posted Tuesday, June 30, at 9:33 AM

Summertime is for traveling/researching I usually don't promote any genealogy sites, but Shopfamilytree.com has a summer package that is a must for all genealogists. It is at a 70 percent discount now. The Genealogist's Research Trip Value Pack is 70 percent off. Its normal price is $96.96, and it is available for $29.49. There is no shipping and handling charges for any purchase over $25.00...

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Errors, Errors, Errors, and Nicknames
Posted Tuesday, April 28, at 11:48 AM

In reviewing the transcript of a church register I recently found a John Wiltby, son of son of Peter and Margaret Curran. This interested me because I already had two Margaret Currans in that church register. In reviewing the situation I found that:...

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DNA Testing
Posted Tuesday, April 28, at 11:48 AM

First, let me make this statement. I am not an expert on this field at all. I am going to try to explain what the DNA Testing is about and how your results are determine. I can tell you this, and this is my personal opinion, the test is only as good as the company that performs it. ...

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Where Oh Where Has My Ancestor Gone?
Posted Wednesday, April 8, at 10:45 AM

I recently had a librarian to call and was temporarily stymied in her research of relations. The situation highlighted the importance of asking the right research question. Professional researchers sometimes spend a lot of time determining the questions that they should be looking for answers to. ...

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Charts and Forms
Posted Wednesday, April 8, at 10:44 AM

Charts and Forms come in all different sizes and information matted. They are intended to help us to record data in an organized and consistent form and to prepare reports that are clear and easy to understand. If you use a genealogy program on your computer, it is loaded with them. You enter data into them and print reports on them...

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Marketing Your Genealogy
Posted Tuesday, March 3, at 1:55 PM

Several people have wrote in and asked me to steer them to Marketing Their Genealogy. I have a site that might help you in varies ways. Normally I don't do on line marketing sites because I don't have a big yen to spend money but this one is certainly different...

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Two of Our Own Stanley Domagala and Joe Sipa Auschwitz Concentration Camp Survivors
Posted Wednesday, February 4, at 1:23 PM

Part I Stanley and Joe were concentration camp survivors. They usually kept quiet about their Holocaust ordeal. They had only one solution about their past and that was to Live, Love, Work, have children, and to have joy in their lives because those were the only sentiments that allowed them to survive...

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Two of Our Own Stanley Domagala and Joe Sipa Auschwitz Concentration Camp Survivors
Posted Wednesday, February 4, at 1:23 PM

Part II Stanley Stanislaw Domagala was born on 22 Jan 1914 in Poland. He was a young married father. He had a small little efficient home and was working at a butcher shop and saw a bright future. But, that night as he tuck his sweet cubby cheek little Polotski daughter Grace Marie into bed she was taken from her bed, thrown down the stair, kicked, stomped on, and then shot to death by a soldier. ...

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Recording Your Sources
Posted Thursday, January 22, at 11:09 AM

Once you have found information, you will want to record the source thoroughly so that you or someone else could easily find it again to verify the contents. It also helps you and anyone else to assess the reliability of a piece of information if we know where it comes from. ...

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When Asking For Help
Posted Tuesday, January 13, at 10:10 AM

Recently I was speaking with another genealogist and she remarked that often people do not supply enough background information when submitting a query or asking for help. This can lead to unsatisfactory responses and duplication of research. It is best to provide as much information as possible. ...

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A Letter with Surprises and Never Give Up!
Posted Tuesday, December 30, at 11:18 AM

A Letter with Surprises and Never Give Up! I was recently doing some research for a lady from Ft. Devens, Mass. whose family had roots in our area and wasn't having any success. She had given me a list of names and I found and recorded a lot of material on people with the same family name but very little on the specific names she had given me. I recorded the other material on the off chance that it might relate to others in her family...

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Destruction is coming to the South
Posted Tuesday, October 7, at 12:48 PM

Joshua, as you can see the Civil War wasn't fought in a day. Brother against Brother. In March 1864, Lincoln made Ulysses S. Grant, General over the head of the Union armies. General Grant had a plan to end the war. General Grant traveled east to fight General Robert E. Lee in Virginia. He sent General Sherman to invade Georgia. General Sherman had made up his mind that he would have a campaign of destruction that would bring Georgia to its knees...

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