Timelines can be a great tool when doing genealogy research. Making a chronological list of events and records can help break brick walls and organize research.
Finally a Breakthrough? My Spence line has been a challenge. Going into my research on this line I had very little knowledge […]
Looking Closer As part of discovering my Spence family roots I dug deeper into the events of the world at the time trying to determine what records might exist to help me on my search. According to the records I have found my Spence forebears were in Ireland until sometime before 1853 when they migrated to Canada. Spence is an ancient Scottish name so it is probably safe to assume my forebears were Protestant Scots living in the Antrim area. Ireland in […]
Part One: Tearing Down Brick Walls Genealogy is like doing a puzzle after a two year old has played in the box. The pieces are all there but it’s no small chore trying to find them. Brick walls, or dead ends, are a part of any family tree. I think of them as that stray puzzle piece the two year old swallowed. It’s not gone but it will take serious digging to find it and it is not going to be […]
The value of oral traditions and family lore in genealogical research
Weddings are a gift to the genealogist Marriage records are invaluable when performing pre-1850 genealogical research on female ancestors. Prior to 1850 […]