Welcome to our Genealogy Blog. Here is to be found a mix of tips, musings, observations, and sometimes a chance for a well-earned rant!
A pretty common mistake beginning and amateur genealogists make is the “click & add” method of tree construction–especially when confronted by source confirmed information. This can include birth and death dates, children and spouses of a family member, or even adding a non-relative with an identical name. Ancestry.com makes this ever so easy! What inevitably happens is that other Ancestry members find this incorrect info–and copy it to their trees as well. Let’s call these folks ‘Tree Parrots.’
My guess is that many of us have deliberately or inadvertently done this–only later to find that things do not quite add up. … Read the rest
“I was once again struck by the key to genealogy: stick-to-itiveness. Yes, it takes creative thinking and knowledge of available resources, etc., but basically it takes a willingness to just keep at it and never give up. Being an optimistic idiot helps.” Buzzy Jackson–Shaking the Family Tree
This project attempts to document the genealogical story of Patrick & Donna Birdsall-Thrush. Much of it follows the adventures of the Thrush/Traynor and Birdsall/Danzi branches as those families grew in the Ohio/Illinois/Michigan and New England/New York regions, and later spread across the country.