Thursday, November 1, 2012


Hello, did u all have a great Halloween ?   Did u find any ghosts in your closets yet. Don't 4get tomorrow is free genealogical question Friday?  Ask me any genealogical question and I'll answer right here in my blog.   Lets help other learn to research their family history.   Until tomorrow, keep those ghosts at bay.   Cga

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Genealogy Bug

In today's busy society and with the way the economy is, Genealogy is the farthest thought from your mind.  Who cares how my ancestors from 100 years ago lived.  I need to survive in today's world.  I need to go to work, take care of my family, worry about whether the car will start, or how my son/daughter are doing in school.  Sometimes, though, we need to take a break from everyday stress and appreciate what we have.   100 years ago cars were new, there were no televisions, iPods, cell phones or computers.  Your ancestors too had worries but it all boils down to how they survived and lived their life.

I caught this bug called Genealogy when my first child was just months old, he is now 35.  My mother introduced me to Genealogy.  I would look at her and my thoughts were, I need to feed my baby not tramp through cemeteries with her to look and record births and deaths of my long dead relatives.  I humored mom and before long I was in love with "Genealogy".

This week we are hunting for our ancestors.  We don't know where this hunt will take us.  However, before we begin we need to learn how to hunt and the tools we will need to make it successful.  Every week I will be right here talking about Genealogy and how to hunt for your ancestors.  Every week I will give you tips on how to be successful, how to break through brick walls. cga

Friday, September 7, 2012


Its Free Genealogical Question Friday?   Ask any genealogical question and I'll answer FREE right here on my blog.   Stuck at a brick wall, let me help you with just one questions.   cga

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Love of the Hunt

Continuing from yesterday, Brick Walls

3..Create a chronological timeline of your brick wall ancestor.  You should include every life
event as well as major historical events that may help shed a light on the living situation of your
ancestor.   By doing this step,  you will see gaps in your research.  Get a blank sheet of paper
and write down every year of your brick wall ancestors life and start filling in.
4..Study sideways.   What do I mean by this?  Try tracing the lives of your brick wall ancestors
siblings, cousins, neighbors, in-laws, slave owners, co workers. cga

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Love of the Hunt

What are brick walls in the Genealogy world? Are you at one today? As family researchers we all hit a brick wall at one time or another. What is a brick wall? It is a place in our research where we are stuck, can’t go any further, tried everything. What do we do about breaking through that brick wall?
Lets explore a few options:
Write down in story format what you have already learned such as..grandpa was a farmer who lived from such a county and state..he married ..... on ....and had 10 children, get the gist of the story? As you write you will be able to review and organize your work. With this method, you will find holes in your story that you need to do further research on.
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Friday, August 24, 2012

Genealogy (Love of the Hunt)

Its TGIFGQF!    Free  Genealogical Question Friday?  Ask me a genealogy question and I will answer you right here on my blog?   Have a great weekend and go visit the oldest relative and make their day.   cga

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Genealogy (Love of the Hunt)

More organizations you should join.  The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. (AAHGS) helps to preserve African-American family history, genealogy, and cultural diversity by teaching research techniques and providing  information to the community. Their goal is to promote research, provide resources for historical and genealogical studies, create a network of persons with similar interests, and assist members in documenting their histories.  You can explore this national organization through their website at  The AAHGS has a local chapter that meets at the Georgia National Archives in Morrow, Ga monthly with informative speakers. cga