Friday, December 23, 2011

Genealogy (Love of the Hunt)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All!!!   Its free question Friday.....What a wonderful time of year to get with family and learn about the "old days".   Remember to take a tape recorder.    Remember, oe genealogical question on Friday and I'll get the answer to you asap.     Enjoy the holidays all my friends.   cg

Monday, December 12, 2011

Genealogy (Love of the Hunt)

Did u miss Free Friday Genealogy Question?   If u did, u can ask me today, Monday!!!  I'll answer ASAP right here on my blog so everyone can learn.

Continuing with more Google Operators.  Words Apart Search *.  U want to search 4 City Directory of Covington, GA.  U will be tempted 2 put in quotes " " .  Try words apart with an * such as City * Directory Covigton, GA.  The results could include City Directories, telephone directories.   Try it if quotations don't work.  See u tomorrow.   Get those Genealogy questions posted.   cg

Friday, November 25, 2011

Genealogy (Love of the Hunt)

ONCE AGAIN, IT IS FREE GENEALOGY QUESTION FRIDAY!!!!   Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving, now is the time to prepare for Christmas and interview the relatives.    Send your question in!!  cg

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Genealogy (Love of the Hunt)

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!!!  more google operators "Quick Definition Search"  you come across a word and u don't know meaning?  Do a define:then the word!   one click and u will get the

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Genealogy (Love of the Hunt)

... numrange search gives u a range between dates.   Ex....John Doe 1765...1830.   Also, after u make this search keep track of it with a google alert.   U ask?   What is a google alert?

Not = (-) minus sign in front of word or phrase indicates that u don't want it.   Ex...Lincoln - Abraham.   U want all the Lincoln but not Abraham Lincoln.  cg

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Genealogy (Love of the Hunt)

REMEMBER, when u google search, the computer will take what u type literally.  You need what we call operators.

OPERATORS:  "  " quotation marks...will search for exactly what u want first such as "JOHN DOE" "NEWTON COUNTY, GA".   Google search will bring u everything with John Doe and Newton County, GA in it.  cg

Friday, November 18, 2011

Genealogy (Love of the Hunt)

Free Friday Genealogy Question?   Ask me 1 genealogy question and I'll answer you right here on my blog.   cg

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Genealogy (Love of the Hunt)

6..Use descriptive words
a..unique words and targeted words r better.
b..again ask ur self "What words would they use"?

7..Use as few words and terms as possible but keep it descriptive
8..Google uses the words u search on, additional words will limit the results
9..Use multiple searches and check on the results.   See what words bring good results

Tomorrow is Free Friday Question?   Ask me any genealogy question for free and I'll answer asap  cg

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Best way to Google search!
1..keep it simple
2..Every word matters doesn't matter whether capital or lower case
4..punctuation is ignored by google
5..imagine how it was entered into the webpage example a genealogist wouldn't say birthday but put born and died.  cg

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Genealogy (Love of the Hunt)

Do u know how to google search without getting 1, 025,630 results?   I took a class at the Family History Expo and learned how to do so and I am passing the information onto u.
1st...lets talk about the big picture.   After we put in r parameters, lets just sit back and see what came up and how we can tweak the search so that there are not so many answers.

Operators is the answer.   Tomorrow, I will talk about tweaking the search with operators.   cg

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Genealogy (Love of the Hunt)

Yesterday was a great day at the Family History Expo in Duluth, GA.   I missed the Free Question Friday so this week today, we will have the Free Question Friday?   Any question in Genealogy is free.   Starting next week I will go over the wonderful things I learned at the Expo.   cg

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Genealogy (Love of the Hunt)

Hello fellow genealogist :)   Tomorrow there is a Family History Expo at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, GA.   There is still time to register if u want to take classes but there r lots of interesting exhibitors that are free.   It starts at 1 pm Nov 11.   Come check it out!   I'll be there twittering about what I see.   Maybe I'll see u there.   Check out the website at and look for Georgia.   cg

Friday, November 4, 2011

Genealogy (Love of the Hunt)

Its FREE FRIDAY!   What's that?   Ask me any genealogy question and I'll answer you on this blog.....Its Free!!!   You must have at least 1 question, lets get this blog moving   cg

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Genealogy (love of the hunt) by CeirraGeorgia: Genealogy (Love of the Hunt)

Genealogy (love of the hunt) by CeirraGeorgia: Genealogy (Love of the Hunt): Have u ever wondered what the terms 4 reason of death found on the death certificate? Here is a list of common terms: 1..AGUE..bad cold, f...

Genealogy (Love of the Hunt)

Have u ever wondered what the terms 4 reason of death found on the death certificate?  Here is a list of common terms:
1..AGUE..bad cold, flu, fever
2..BAD BLOOD..syphilis also look 4 LOCO MOTOR ATAXIA
3..CHILDHOOD FEVER..puerperal sepsis, an infection thru the vaginal canal during childbirth.
4..CONSUMPTION..tuberculosis usually or lung disease, pleurisy.
5..DROPSY..kidney disease end stage
8..LUNG FEVER..pneumonia

Do u know of any other not listed.   cg

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Genealogy (Love of the Hunt)

Halloween is over and the holidays are upon us...What a better way to get back to your genealogy hunt.  Going to Aunt Tilda's for Thanksgiving?   Take along a notebook (or tape recorder) and after dinner sit down and have a fun conversation about the relatives.   Take along your records and show her what you have done and what you need.   It should be a fun Thanksgiving!   Good Luck!   Don't forget to send me comments so I know how you are progressing through your hunt.   cg

Friday, October 28, 2011

Genealogy (Love of the Hunt)

Its Free Genealogy Question Friday!   Ask any genealogy questions and I'll answer it here for free.   cg

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

genealogy (Love of the Hunt)

Question:   I can only subscribe to one genealogical website--which one should I choose.

Let me start out by saying you can probably get all ur information free.   Most libraries subscribe to and (library version).   Also librarieswill have a link to their State Archives.   more tomorrow!!   cg

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Genealogy (Love of the Hunt)

WILDCARDS??  What r they and what websites use them?  Wildcards are characters that can stand in 4 any letter of a name.  This catches alternate spellings of the name on most sites.  A (*) stands in 4 zero or more letters in a name and a (?) stands in 4 exactly 1 letter.   Example --  Dumpski can be spelled several ways so to try and capture all the spellings type dump*.  You are hunting not only for the different ways your relatives spelled their name but also the different ways the interpreters spelled the name or interpreted the spelling.  Using the (?) example would be like Rob?rt which can capture robert or robart.  Each websites have different rules.   Before searching, learn the rules of that particular website as to what wildcards are associated with the site.  A few of the popular websites such as uses the * at the beginning or end of the name but not both and u must use 3 letters associated with the name. you must have 2 letters before the wildcard and 2 letters after.  cg

Friday, October 21, 2011

Genealogy (Love of the Hunt)

Filing my research, what is the best approach?  My favorite is by surname in a 3 ring binder, then by couple, divided by index dividers.  If the children are married start a new divider.   if he/she never marries they stay with parents.  You can also use file folder.   Whatever method is easier for you.   Remember to keep up the filing at least once.   Have a great weekend.   CG

Genealogy (Love of the Hunt)

Its Friday again and its time to ask me a genealogy question!   Its free what do u have to lose?  cg

Friday, October 14, 2011

Genealogy (Love of the Hunt)

Its Free Question Friday! Ask any genealogical question and I'll answer for free? cg

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Genealogy (Love of the Hunt)

Names, Names, Names, all the same names.   How can I keep it all straight?   Who belongs 2 who?
First, this is every genealogist nightmare but a great question.   Keep a separate chronology for each person's life including any information  that distinguishes them from a cousin, etc.   Maybe a description of their land or tax detail.   If  the wife's have the same name, certainly the children's name are different.  They might go by a nickname such as junior or senior.   However, remember that doesn't mean they are father/son.   It could be two people with the same name in the same town.  To keep it all straight in your head, try using their middle initial or their nickname.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Genealogy (Love of the Hunt)

Its Friday again, ask me a genealogy question and I'll answer it here Free.   cg

Friday, September 23, 2011

Genealogy (Love of the Hunt)

FREE GENEALOGICAL QUESTION FRIDAY!!!   Ask me any genealogical question and I'll answer you here for free??   cg

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Genealogy (Love of the Hunt)

Question?  If people were often named after what they did for a living, why isn't the name farmer the most common name.   Why black, brown instead of yellow and orange?
Answer..Yes farmers were the most common occupation so common that they had to distinguish  another way.   Slaves usually took the name of their masters.   Farmers would take the most common American names such as smith, brown,  Jones.   Immigrants took the name of their homeland like Glasgow.   cg

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Genealogy (Love of the Hunt)

Cont.....check court records....they paid taxes on their property.   Check on Sanborn Fire Insurance maps.....Proquest digitalized Sanborn maps 1867-1970. ( at libraries.   Check local historical newspapers.    A good standing business would have advertised.  cg

Friday, September 16, 2011

Genealogy (Love of the Hunt)

Its Free Genealogy Question Friday......Ask 1 free question and I'll answer on this blog as soon as possible.   You have nothing to lose!!  We can all gain some knowledge  :)    Have a great weekend.    cg

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Genealogy (Love of the Hunt)

Answer to yesterday's question:
1..Find a book in your local library about the history of your county/state and your store might be mentioned in it.   Usually these books are put out by the local historical society.
2..City Directories were published back in the 1800's and are like are local phone books.   The directories lists the business and the owners.   You can find these directories at your local/bigger libraries or local historical society.
I'll have more for you on Monday.    Tomorrow, remember, is Free Genealogy question friday.   Your question is free.   cg

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Genealogy (Love of the Hunt)

A Database of Names to Trace Slave Ancestry
The preliminary results of a Virginia Historical Society study, which will examine eight million documents dating back to the 17th century to extract the names of slaves, have been released as “Unknown No Longer: A Database of Virginia Slave Names.”   cg

Genealogy (Love of the Hunt)

How has it been going with breaking down the brick walls?   Hope the suggestions have been helpful.   The next few days I am going to talk about different scenarios and how 2 solve them.   Today, lets give u a scenario and tomorrow I explain how to solve it.

#1 My ancestor owned a store in late 1800's.   How do I find more information about it?   Answer, check tomorrow    cg

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

genealogy "Love of the Hunt"

Breaking thru the Brick Wall?   Make yourself a work sheet listing the following:
1..What is the problem?
2..Full name of the Brick Wall ancestor
3..Known facts of such ancestor such as date of birth, death, place of residences, life events
4..Other known family members.
5..Sources you have check
6..Any other information pertinent to this brick wall problem.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Genealogy (Love of the Hunt)

Its Friday, Yea!!!  Free genealogy question.   Ask me any genealogy question?  I will answer it as soon as possible.   Have a great weekend.   cg

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Genealogy (Love of the Hunt)

7..Toss out all your theories and try unlikely scenarios.
8..Ask for help with a fresh eye.
9..Reread your how-2 books to help u understand alternate sources and strategies--go back and learn about their life.   Check out books related to their region, they might give u a better perspective.

Don't 4get tomorrow is Free Genealogy question Friday.   Remember, the question and answer is free.   cg

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

genealogy (love of the hunt)

6.. Research Vertical.   In other words, research neighbors, friends, inlaws, people who served as witnesses in records.  Your family might be mentioned.   Good Luck!    cg

Friday, September 2, 2011

Genealogy (love of the hunt)

FREE GENEALOGY QUESTION FRIDAY!  Its free ask me any genealogy question and I will answer right here on my blog.    All can learn from your question.   Have a great holiday weekend.    Get out and visit the relatives especially the older ones.   Look at some old pictures and try and identify them.    cg

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Genealogy "Love of the Hunt"

Trick of the Trade!!  include alternate spelling 2 search with.   Try switching first and last name.   Use a wider range of dates and places.   Browse records by place.   Don't forget tomorrow is Free Friday Genealogy question.    cg

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Genealogy "Love of the Hunt"

4)  List sources in which the information u need might be.   In what period was your ancestor born and compare to the official vital record keeping period.   Maybe church records, newspapers announcements, naturalization papers.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Genealogy "Love of the Hunt"

Its Free Genealogical Question Friday!   Ask me any genealogical question and I will answer you and we will all learn from your question.   cg

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Genealogy "Love of the Hunt"

#4)  Look for major events and follow timeline and try and keep eye out for historical records that they produce.  Don't forget free genealogical questions Friday tomorrow.   cg

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Genealogy "Love of the Hunt"

#3)  Have u followed ur ancestors thru the census years 1930 and back recording possible birth, death and marriage years.    Also following their occupation and possible links to other members of the family such as mother-in-laws, grandfathers.  cg

Friday, August 19, 2011

Genealogy "Love of the Hunt"

Its Free Friday question?   Ask me any 1genealogical question and I'll answer it as soon as I can.   What do u have to lose.   Its free.   cg

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Genealogy "Love of the Hunt"

Hello fellow hunters!   Its been a long week and the storms knocked my computer out!   How about u?  Anyway, back to hunting.     Continued..... Brick Wall knockdown.   Can u pinpoint what the problem is?   Take ur records one by one and evaluate what u know and note what is missing.   Don't forget, tomorrow is Free Question Friday?     See u then   cg

Friday, August 5, 2011

Genealogy "Love of the Hunt"

Yea!   Its FREE QUESTION FRIDAY???   Ask me any genealogy question and I will answer it for you free. Enjoy the weekend!   What r u doing this weekend that involves family?   Let me know   cg

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Genealogy "Love of the Hunt"

Lets talk about "Brick Walls" as we call them in the genealogy world.   R u at one.  we all get to that point at one time or another.   So, what do u do?   Great question.  Lets explore r options!
1 --  Write down in story format what u have already learned such as ....Grandpa was a farmer who lived from .... in such a county, state....he married....on ....and had 10 children, get the gist.  Don't forget tomorrow is Free Friday question.   Good way to break thru those brick walls.   cg

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Genealogy "Love of the Hunt"

Its Tuesday, how was everyone's weekend?   Productive, I hope.  Did u going hunting 4 clues?   Did u visit ur older relatives and listen to their stories and get some clues on how your relatives lived in the 1900's.   Maybe they told u how to get to a particular cemetery.   Maybe u took them with u?  Making time on the weekend for older relatives is a great genealogical tool.   cg

Friday, July 29, 2011

Genealogy "Love of the Hunt"

Its FREE FRIDAY?   u ask what that is?   A FREE Question about genealogy/your genealogy!   I will get the answer to you ASAP.    So, what do u have to lose?   Nothng!   Ask away.   cg

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Genealogy "Love of the Hunt"

Does anyone out there reading my blog know of another website providing free forms.   Please email or comment!   check out my website at

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Genealogy "Love of the Hunt"

FORMS -   Where can I find great forms to use with my genealogy?   First, u need different forms 2 aid u with your research.   Lets first look at the different websites that offer free forms.
1-  this website is a great website for all types of forms and that includes genealogy research forms and family tree forms.   When u enter the website just search for familytree.   Let me know how u like this website. has forms u can download and print.   In the help section type forms and follow the instructions.   You do not have to be a member to print the forms. also has free forms for you to download and print.   Good luck.   Let me know how it works out.   cg

Friday, July 22, 2011

Genealogy "Love of the Hunt"

Yea, its finally Free Question Friday.    Waiting eagerly!!!    Ask them?    Nothing to lose, they r free!!  cg

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Genealogy "Love of the Hunt"

Its Thursday already, wow!  What organization do u belong to?   As ur family researcher, it is a gr8 idea 2 belong to ur local historical society.   Have u checked it out yet?  The society may have information on your relatives.   Historical societies sometimes sponsor classes.   They may also need volunteers which of course is a valuable experience.   Would love to know if u found ur local Historical Society a gr8 idea?  Don't 4get Free Question Friday.   cg

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

genealogy (love of the hunt) by CeirraGeorgia

Hello fellow hunters.  By now u have learned all the baiscs for tracing back ur family.   Now is the time 2 put what u learn 2 practice and ask questions?   Free Friday is 2 days away.   Check back on Friday and ask the question u need to know or go 2 my website   cg

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Genealogy "Love of the Hunt"

Happy Tuesday Hunters....Hope ur weekend was productive and fun...Have u seen an old marriage license?   I recently spent hours in the County Probate Office.   If u can get to your local office it will be worth it.  Our office has an index for old marriages and then u can go to the actual marriage license.   It also has a file for old wills which of course is a great clue to how your ancestors lived and also what they wished when they passed on.  Remember, Free Friday is coming up, so go to your probate office, then asked for a free question.   cg

Friday, July 15, 2011

Genealogy "Love of the Hunt"

Hello fellow Hunters,  Its FREE FRIDAY!   Reply with a question about your genealogy that u may be stuck on or just a general question.   I will answer the question as soon as possible.    Hope to hear from u today!   cg

Monday, July 11, 2011

Genealogy "Love of the Hunt"

Its Monday, 7-11-11 I have been doing this blog since March 30, 2011 -- that 3 months -- wowow--have u been following me?   R u learning about genealogy?   I know u r finding the time!   R u following my blog about my mom's diary == I am at a standstill.   I cant read her writing.   R u at a standstill with ur research?   Would love to hear ur comments.  cg

Friday, July 8, 2011

Genealogy "Love of the Hunt"

Its FREE FRIDAY!      Ask me any genealogy question and I'll get the answer for u for free!!   Check out my website at   Have a great genealogical weekend    cg

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Genealogy "Love of the Hunt"

Rushing, Don't...Take ur time when researching at libraries, probate offrice or any place u research.    Donj't get home and find u have only half the story.    I personally have done this.    Have a great hunting day.   Remember, slow down, you will thank yourself later.    CG

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Genealogy "My moms diary"

Wednesday, March 5, 1975 5 above, had to go all the way to school, home all am with good dishes, boiled silver tea set and tray

genealogy (love of the hunt) by CeirraGeorgia

Monday, July 4 and Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - Happy 4th of July.    Did u see fireworks or visit the family and barbecue?   I didn't get any free questions for free Friday so I have extended it thru Monday and Tuesday    Stop by my webpage    Ask today.   Happy Vacation and the 4th of July   cg

Friday, July 1, 2011

Genealogy "Love of the Hunt"

FREE FRIDAY!!!   Ask me any genealogical questions and I'll get back 2 u with a Free answer.   R u stuck and need a little help, ask its free.   Also check out my website     Happy hunting this weekend!   Enjoy the 4th.   Remember, family get together's r the best time to catch up on your tree!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Genealogy "Love of the Hunt"

Tuesday, Tuesday, Tuesday, k today I am going to say something u wont believe.    But, when searching digital databases ignore the surname.   That's right, ignore the surname.    Scanning given names and other criteria in search forms results in success.   sometimes the surname is illegible, oddly spelled or incorrectly indexed.   U can sometimes even find married daughters, remarried widows, etc.....Try it and let me know your success.   Cant wait to hear from u.   cg

Monday, June 27, 2011

Genealogy "Love of the Hunt"

Its Monday, fellow hunters!   I still didn't get any Free questions from Friday?    R u all experts now!!   I must be doing my job!    I still welcome the free questions but save them till Friday!   Hope ur genealogical weekend was great and productive.    Going to Probate court today to find some marriage licenses from 1876.   Lets get to today's blog.    Do u just search and then accept what is told 2 u.   The best way is 2 search, double search and do it again.   Interview Grandpa Jones again.   Last weekend story may change this weekend and he will love seeing u again.    Sometimes what u didnt see 1st time, will jump out at u the second.   Happy hunting   cg

Friday, June 24, 2011

genealogy (love of the hunt) by CeirraGeorgia

Free Friday!   Ask me any genealogical question and I will get u a answer free!    Check out my website   Hope to hear from you today.   cg

genealogy (love of the hunt) by CeirraGeorgia

Thursday, June 23, 2011  "Expand ur search area"   Do not limit ur geographical area when searching.   Even tho automobiles were  not in the picture in r ancestor's time, it is not uncommon for relatives 2 attend church 20 miles away.    Meeting someone (spouse) 2-3 counties away happened.   Remember, early settlements were small and ministers served several congregations around the different counties.  The records for the church for many counties may be found all together.  cg

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Genealogy "Love of the Hunt"

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - Its hump day and the weekend trip is slowly coming upon us.   Today's talk is about "expanding our search area"  Do not limit ur geographical area when searching.   Even tho autos were not in the picture in our ancestors time, it is not uncommon for relatives to attend church 20 miles away or meet your spouse two to three counties away.   Remember early settlements were thin and ministers serviced several congregations  in a wide region.   The church records may all be found together.   cg

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Genealogy "Love of the Hunt"

Tuesday, June 21, 2011  Happy Day fellow hunters.   Are u stuck today?   Frustrated?  need a little nudge?   Then I have a great idea!   Sit down and write out all the information you have gathered in a narrative.   Tell a story about your ancestors.   Often by writing a story, citing sources, you will find a gap in your research.   Read the narrative over and you should be able to break through the wall.   Maybe u forgot to check the different spellings of the name?   Perhaps u searched the wrong time period?   Actually, u might have all the information u need.   All it takes is putting it together.   cg

Monday, June 20, 2011

Genealogy "Love of the Hunt"

Monday, June 20, 2011.   Hello hunters!   Did u have a great productive genealogical weekend?   Would love to hear from you all about your weekend.   In case u missed Friday, every Friday will be FREE friday.   Ask me ANY questions and I will get an answer for u free.   Maybe it is something you are stuck on.   Fresh eyes will loosen the thought.   Have a great day.   cg

Friday, June 17, 2011

genealogy (love of the hunt) by CeirraGeorgia

Yea its Friday....Free Friday at that!  Whats that?   Ask me any question about genealogy and I'll answer you for free.   R u stumped, ask me and I'll try and find the answer.  Remember, every friday, will be free question friday.   Looking forward to your answer.   Happy weekend!   cg

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Genealogy "Searching the databases"

Hello fellow hunters, it is Wednesday again working toward the weekend...Do u have anything planned for this weekend like going to cemeteries, visiting older relatives?  Let me know, I would love to know and maybe help u with some pointers.   Today, Newspapers (historical) lets u search but uses OCR (optical character recognition)  What is that u say?  U type a keyword like Robert Glasgow, and it looks for Robert and Glasgow which of course is going to bring up thousands of unnecessary information and is very unreliable.  If u search twice it will bring up different information each time.   If u r looking for a death notice use the date and then search within.   Try putting the whole name in parenthesis and hopefully it will bring up only the Robert Glasgow's u need.  Just a tip, the library in your town might have access to early historical newspapers.   Try.    Again, let me know how u make out.   cg

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Genealogy "Searching the databases"

Hello fellow hunters!  Have you ever searched the census and said, what does that say?   You just cant read the short hand of early record keepers.   They used some obvious shorthand, like jno = john.   Does that make sense?  Thos = Thomas.   After 30 years of reading the censusus, I am still learning.   Good luck hunters....Have you come across any strange appreviations, let me know.    cg

Friday, June 10, 2011

Genealogy (love of the hunt) by CeirraGeorgia: Genealogy "Searching the databases"

Genealogy (love of the hunt) by CeirraGeorgia: Genealogy "Searching the databases": "Hello Friday.....Weekend is here!! Searching multiple databases at one time can bring you too many results that you have to sift thru. Be..."

Genealogy "Searching the databases"

Hello Friday.....Weekend is here!!  Searching multiple databases at one time can bring you too many results that you have to sift thru.   Best policy is to know exactly what you want to search and search that database specifically.  If, after doing that, you want to run a search through all the databases, you can.   But, be aware of results and don't become overwhelmed.  Have a gr8 weekend see ya all on Monday.....comment on how searching the databases went!  cg

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Genealogy "Searching the Internet downfalls"

Indexes and Images - So its thursday, already, heading for the weekend...When you get search results and it includes an index make sure you also check the original.  The index is only as good as the data operator.  For example, a L could be taken for a T, etc....Also, there is more information on the original than the index.  Don's miss out on important information.   Slow down, don't be in a hurry.  cg   Keep cool

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Genealogy "Searching the databases"

Hello fellow hunters.   Let move on today to how you search databases.   Always check on the  home menu on how to search.   Doing this first will save u time and frustration.   Don't be in a hurry when searching.  A good number of the databases allow flexibility.   Wild cards, partial names, soundex.
a..Wildcards - what r wildcards?  usually it is a *.   Say for example you have the name Robert Glasgow.  To search using a wildcard would be Robert Glas*.
b..Soundex converter is usually with the census.   Censuses workers had different handwritting and sometimes the people didnt even know how to spell their name.  You can also identify the spelling variations for a given surname.  Example..soundex for glasgow is G420.   Some other names that have that exact soundex is gales, galik, gallehawk, giles, gilhaus, gilkey, gilles.......u get the picture.
c.  Part of the name...example Robert would be rob.  Any comments or questions, bring it on?   cg

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Genealogy "Searching the databases"

Its Tuesday, happy day!!  How do we search the databases?  Focus on young children if you can.  The children seem to be more accurate in the databases.  Adults, even in the late 1800's, do not give accurate information.   Any idea why?   Would love to hear your comments on this.   cg

Monday, June 6, 2011

Genealogy "Searching the Internet downfalls"

Hello hunters..... happy Monday.   Are u having trouble getting information out of ur database search?   Best way 2 search databases are:
1..know what ur searching.   Learn on the homepage what the database has to offer 4 u.  R u searching censuses, passenger lists, indexes or property?   Make sure the database covers the area u need before searching.  If you have any questions, please leave comments and I will answer you.   cga

Friday, June 3, 2011

Genealogy - Hunting for the weekend

Fellow hunters  it is the weekend and I know  you are going to go talk with some of your older relatatives...Remember to read my blog first....Going to the cemetery?   Do you have a camera?   Do you have a friend that can help you search?  I have equipped you with all the tools you need to start your genealogy. Have you?   Let me know.   Do you have any questions?   Post them and I'll answer promptly.  Check out my webpage at  Have a great weekend and see you all on

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Genealogy FAQ's "Organization" - this is a software that needs to be downloaded onto your computer.  Standard version is free. is a internet based software that is free, private and secure.  You start the software by adding your name.   The software is limited to only 250 names (do you have that many in your tree)   Congratulations, if you do.   They do have a premium version that you can pay monthly or yearly.  Please go to and start organizing your tree.   You can also add pictures, let others access.   Nice feature is you can download pictures from your cell phone (just like facebook)   and really handy when you are out hunting tombstones or  visiting relatives.  I like this software.  No software download on your computer and it has different reports.   Try it out.  cg

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Genealogy FAQ's "Organization"

Hello hunters :))   how was your holiday weekend?   All rested up and ready to go hunting.....Today we r exploring the free on-line software to store all your hard work. is an easy, user-friendly software.   First you enter your name, then add your information, etc...  Register and sign in to save your work, add photos, share and download.   All the information inputed is private but can be read by other family members.   Remember, this is a free software. is another free software, but you must down load it onto your computer.  Have a great day   cg

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Genealogy FAQ's "Organization" Other Paid/free sofware

Hello fellow hunters....R u on ur computers looking for the perfect paid/free software.   Free, that's what I like.  But today I am going to touch on some paid and some free software.  Software to record your genealogy lines are very personal to the individual.   Some like software with lots of features, others like it simple but productive.  Only u the reader can determine which software is perfect for u.  Besides, here are a few you can look at and try.
1--Family (free) (free)
4--Legacy Family (free)
Next week, I will explore with u each one.   Have a great memorial

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Genealogy FAQ's "Organization"

Hello Tuesday....getting closer to Memorial Weekend!   What r ur plans for this weekend?   I would love to hear from u....R u going genealogy hunting?  Today, r topic is computer organization.   There r a
lot of products out there for beginner genealogists to put their data on.  By far, is the best.  U can build a tree, add pictures, tell a story about the past..U can search and then add it to the tree, others can search and help u too.  If u r looking for a whole package, I would recommend.   However, there r others out there that r paid and some that r free which I will start to explore.    cg

Monday, May 23, 2011

Genealogy FAQ's "Organization"

Hello everyone, Happy Monday!   Did u all going hunting this weekend?   Did u find anything?   I went looking for a tombstone and didnt find what i wanted so back to the drawing board :))
b)  Keep your forms "handy" when you get home from the hunt.   U should have taken some with u to fill out the citations.   Get some 3 rung binders for the surname and divide into given names.   Put the appropriate forms with the given and surname.   Group sheets are the best.   I personally have a working group sheet and the "final copy" group sheet I know is correct with citations.   Review the sheets often and keep asking yourself questions cg

Friday, May 20, 2011

Genealogy FAQ's "Organization"

"Help" how do I get organized after hunting?  This is a tough question to summarize.   So, I will take it in parts.
A..Always keep your thoughts on the big picture.  When researching,  u can sometimes lose trace of the big picture.   If u had a day out at a cemetery and come home and before u plan another day out, organize what u found out the day before--utilize your forms and fill out all the information -- have a great weekend..Where r u going this weekend?   I am going cemetery hunting.   cg

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Genealogy Resources "Historical Newspapers"

Wow, what a gr8 resource of information!!   I just love historical newspapers.   This is my personal favorite.  It tells u everything u need 2 know about your ancestor.   It gives birth announcements, death announcements, marriage information, criminal information.     It is a wealth of information!  It clues u in to how your ancestors lived, went to church, got married, had picnics, graduated oh so much....  Beware to always confirm the information u find.   Sometimes, the newspaper can confirm information you obtained from other sources.    Verify, Verify, Verify all the information you find in a newspaper.  There are great resources on line for finding historical newspapers.   Try your local or state library!   Have a fun Thursday.   cg

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Genealogy Resource State College Library

Morning!   Do u have a State College Library near u?   If u do take advantage of its resources.   It is a great genealogical resource.  First, go online and check it out.   See what it has to offer.   Take a day trip there but be prepared and organized before u go with dates and pens, papers.....etc....Sometimes, if u can get the info online, the price of gas today outweighs the trip.   Have a great day   cg

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Courthouse Records - Genealogy Resources

Its Tuesday, good morning!    When did my ancestor get married?  What was the date of his/her birth?  Did he/she have a will and to whom did they leave all their worldly goods to?  Did Jane and Jack divorce?  These questions can be answered at the Courthouse.   Probate court has marriage records, wills, guardianship.  This office is the most significant to us as genealogist and researchers.  Land records can also be found at the county court.   Did Jane own land?   If u r asking these questions, take a trip to your county courthouse and research the answers.   But be prepared when u go with pencils, paper, questions, also get the times they r open and if there are fees involved.   Good luck and if u get a minute, let me know how it went.   cg

Monday, May 16, 2011

Genealogy Resource Historical Societies

Good Monday Morning - hope u had a wonderful weekend.   Did u do any genealogical hunting?   Would love to hear ur thoughts -- Today we r going to talk about Historical Societies as a resource to your research.  Do u belong to one?  Do u have one in ur hometown or the town u r researching.  First thing, go to your historical society on line and read what they have to offer.   Many societies offer a variety of  services including papers, diaries, books, maps, portraits and so much more......Many societies also offer classes to learn about the history of the area and genealogy.  If you can join ur local society and get involved, you will benefit in many many ways.  cg

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Frequently Asked Questions - Cemeteries

Cemeteries r another great resource for finding out information.   However, if u do find a relative in a cemetery please take a good digital camera with u to take pictures of the grave, surrounding graves (maybe other relatives r buried there) and the location of the grave.   Also, take a pictures of the name of the cemetery entrance.  I have been stuck on 3 graves I cannot find in a cemetery that I know they r buried (obit states it).   The caretakers of the cemetery cannot even find them.   Beware, older graves sometimes can be hidden in the oldest part of the cemetery.  Good luck this summer, if hunting graves is on your to do list.   cg

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Frequently Asked Questions?? Library as a resource

FAQ's - What's at the library for us as a genealogist?  At the library, you can find books about your city/county.History on your city/County.  Lets take my library, Newton County Library, you can access to and Heritage Quest.  You can also find census, soundex, revolutionary ware and conferderate veterans rosters, local newspapers back to 1868, georgia death index, county history and official records of the confederate and union armies.  Items cannot be checked out but photo copiers are available.  Most items can be found in the Pines Catalog @  Have a great day   cg

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Frequently Asked Questions??

Its Tuesday and we are continuing Frequently Asked Questions?  #3 What r the best internet resources. Ans. Check my 4-8-11 Friday blog.  I list the top 13.   #4 What r the different resources for locating or starting your genealogy. Ans. To start your genealogy hunt below r the top resources I have found.
2..internet - free web sites
3..internet - $ pd web sites ( (sometimes this outweighs the price of gas)
4..library - both local and state college library
5..cemeteries - gravestones
6..historical societies
7..local/state courthouse for land, vital and census records

see ya tomorrow hunters   cg

Monday, May 9, 2011

Frequently Asked Questions??

Good Morning Hunters, what a beautiful May day!!  How was your weekend and your mothers day?  Mine was just great!  This morning, lets get back to Frequently Asked Questions?  
#2 What r the best resources?
Answer:  Relatives.  Yes, the ones u visited this weekend.   Did u see grandma at Mom's house.   Did u talk with her about her life.   About her father?  Talking and recording information is the best start and resource.   They can give u clues that help your search so that u can start filling in the blanks.   Tomorrow, we will talk about the next best resource.   Of course, its the internet.  see ya tomorrow   cg

Friday, May 6, 2011

Frequently Asked Questions

Are we all glad it is Friday?  The weekend is here.   Are you going relative or cemetery visiting this weekend?  Today I am going to talk about frequently asked questions from newbies.  We all were new at genealogy at one time.  I know I was and wished at that time there were blogs like this for me to learn from.
1.. What r references? Why r they important?
    A..  Resources in genealogy are where u found the information such as in the census, with relatives (please name them) cemetery grave (birth/death dates), actual birth/death certificates.  u get my gist.  Why r they important because it shows the reader that u have verified the information u r recording with actual documents.   It is always important 2 try and verify information relatives give u with the actual documents. Dont forget to record the actual date that u either talked with the relative or found the document.   Have a great weekend and happy hunting  cg

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Community - Blogs

Community - Blogs

"Family Tree Magazine" on Facebook

Hello fellow hunters, its thursday already....r. u getting prepared for the weekend?  Just a little incentive today!  Family Tree Magazine has a great offer on Facebook.   I know u all r members of facebook.   "Like"  Family Tree Magazine and check out is a free family tree setup which I can go over soon.  But today go to facebook," like" family tree magazine, signup for and under comments in Family Tree Magazine write" how u started your genealogy journey."   This is only until May 8th, so do it today!   Wouldnt it be gr8 to win the geni  Please also copy ur journey to me too, I would love to hear about it.   You will find mine on their too.  see ya Friday.   cg

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

I've rated the free websites

Good morning!  Today I am giving u my rating of the 13 free websites we have gone over in the past two weeks.  I have rated 1 ......10 with 10 being great.  I hope each and everyone of u have gone in and explored each free website.  If u find another one and there r thousands, please let me know.   So, here we go! rating

see ya all tomorrow   cg

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Genealogy (love of the hunt) by CeirraGeorgia:

Genealogy (love of the hunt) by CeirraGeorgia: "Hello fellow hunters, how is your Tuesday morning going? Mine is doing well.... is another free website on graves. Remember..."

Hello fellow hunters, how is your Tuesday morning going?  Mine is doing well.... is another free website on graves.  Remember graves tell us a story of birth and death.   Lets search and see what we get.  Check out the sponsor links also.   You can also browse cemeteries in your counties u r researching.   Have u hit a brick wall with regards to cemeteries.  I have been searching for 2 particular graves.  I know where they r suppose to be but the records show a gap in the date.   I have been there physically and still cannot find them.  I have even, yes a psychic has tried to help, but all she said was they were there in a very very old spot.  Any ideas out there?  see ya all tomorrow.   Post if u r having same problems with cemeteries.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Good Monday Morning!   Hope ur weekend was gr8 exploring your relatives.  This website "" looks promising.   Make sure u put in ur surname n see what comes out --this free website seems 2 link 2 others like rootsweb and ss Death Index.  It brings together obits, city directories, census, ships list and more.   It adds new ones all the time.  As we close in on the last few I found, that if u r short on funds, free websites I want to say that is by far the best one.  If u have the funds, brings all these free ones together in one place.  See ya tomorrow   cg

Friday, April 29, 2011

The weekend is here hunters.   R we hunting for more information about r relatives?  R we taking a day trip to a cemetery?  Is sounds like a great idea to me.   Lets go over r next free website "  First, become a member.   Send away for a free find grave sticker.  U can look for a famous grave, if interested.  Lets look for our relatives.  If u have pictures u can add ur own.  U can also look for 1.  Have fun.   I love looking in cemetaries, it makes it soooo real.  Best way to look is to type in surname only.  Check back often at this free website.  Have a gr8 weekend and happy hunting   cg

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Its Thursday morning, hello fellow hunters.   U in the south, r prayers r with u as u clean up from the storm.  Personally, no damage to me....Lets move onto  This website generates alot of pops when u type in your surname.  Guess u have to just sift thru them.   I like the timeline.   If u click on a time it pops up everything to do with your surname and that time period.  If u do find something, please remember to reference it in your papers.  Also, make sure u read the help section of this website.   By doing so, it saves time. Genealogy is alot of research, so any time u can save u need to.  Check out the FAQ section.   Really good.  There is also an advanced search.   If nothing pops, u can try that.This is a real neat free site.   If u get anything, please email or comment.   I would love to hear the results.   cg

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Good Morning everyone, just 2 let u know at the end, I will rate thefree websites in my opinion from 1 - 10 being 10 the best.   If u have a free website u like to share, please email me or visit my website at  Newspapers tell a story about the lives of ur ancestors.   Births, deaths, marriages, events that happen.   I personally love finding my relatives in newspapers.  It tells of their lives.   If u know where they lived and what newspaper served that community, it is gr8.   Lets get on with it, 1st it give u a list of countries u can search.   Do u know yours?  It is a wealth of information.   Newspapers started around 1704 with Boston, Mass being the 1st.   Do u go back 2 1704.   Mine were in Ireland at that time.   Wow!!  Lets try the US.  Try all the countries that u know where ur relatives lived.  2nd  Register and sign up for the newsletter.   I am trying Canada too.  Happy hunting.  email me with your results.  Beware of the advertisements on the page such as   That is a paid subscription.   Be also aware that some of them have separate websites they take u too.   Talk tomorrow   cg

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Its tuesday already.   Did anyone find this website?  U cannot use it on Google Chrome I found.  So, I switched to Firefox and found it. is also a free website associated with   Lets try r surname and see what happens.   I didnt get any hits, U?   U can high lite states and see what different links they have 2 offer.   Note:   u have 2 search within state individually 4 results.  Lets try  -- Another phase of this website is Native American.  It is a gr8 source if u have native american roots.  They also give u a good source if interested in DNA.   See u tomorrow.   Please post any successes u have with these free websites.  cg

Monday, April 25, 2011 cont

Hello Happy Hunters.   Hope this Monday finds u with tons of information.   Did u write it down and organize it. I did.  Now is the time for u to do just that.   Lets move on wit some more from   Did u enter your surname.   Did u register.   This is a free website and is a wealth of information.   Did u find any?  R u confused?   Dont be??   Move on down the list -- Mailing list Archives - Search - Find anything.   There r alot of ads so try n stay on rootsweb.  Let me know how u did with this free site.  Lets move onto the next free site for tomorrow.   Try it out tonite.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Easter Weekend

The weekend is here.  R u going to go visit relatives for Easter?  It is a great time to chit chat with them about past Easters.  If u have time this weekend, scoot on over to Rootsweb and add ur surname so others can find u. Make sure u have verified all ur info.  Make sure ur uptodate on ur forms.   Dont 4get to take them with u to the relatives.  Have a joyous Easter and see u on Monday!  cg

Thursday, April 21, 2011 cont'd

Good morning hunters.   How was it yesterday with rootsweb.   did u learn alot?  R u ready 2 learn more or do u need more time.  Lets try another seearch engine within.  Rootsweb surname list or rsl.   1st lets search the Rsl and 2nd lets add r own.  RSL type ur surname, location.   Anything pop up?  Please let me know how u r doing?  I love to hear from u all.  I found some, going into and verifying if the information, if relates to me.  Tomorrow, we will add r own surname.   Make sure u r prepared.   See ya friday.   cg

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Its Wednesday already.  How has ur week been?   Catch any relatives old or New??  When u get 2 ur new free website,, it is always smart 2 read "getting started".  This website is sharing with others your tree and finding out if others have anything in common with your tree.  Try joining a mailing list or start one of your own.   Lets pop our surname in the bottom box and see what we find.   There is alot of information here at rootsweb.   The best advice I can give is explore each page and see if it is useful to u.   So lets click on searches after u have read.  "Searchy thing" is the search 4 sitewide.  Lets try all of the searches listed.   I got a hit from World Connect project, how about u?  But, as I scroll down, there is nothing that matches.  I got a hit on ss index.   I found 2 with same name.   Different birth/death.   Which is which?   Maybe father/son?  Tune in tomorrow for more on Rootsweb.   cg

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Good Tuesday Morning :)  What is u ask?  Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness.  This is a website "free"  to have volunteers look up such items as death records, marriage records, land records, wills, baptismal records from churches, cemetery information such as photos of tombstones, military records, obituaries and the list goes on on on.  Or, u yourself can volunteer to look up items in your county and state.  One hand washes the other a great motto.  It asks that u volunteer only 1 day a month.   Come on, we can all give up one day.  Think of all the fun it would be and it would be helping another.  Have any of u out there, volunteered and helped someone.  I would love to hear from u about ur experience.  Personally, I just signed up and am excited about it.  I also, bought a bag/journal to keep this site up and running.  You can too.  Hope to hear from u.  cg

Monday, April 18, 2011


Good Happy Monday fellow hunters.  I trust ur weekend was fun.   Did u capture any gr8 information from your relatives.  Wood love to hear from u.   Please send me ur stories.  Onto  at the opening page there is a form for u to start ur search.  U can search 1--historical records--family trees-library catalog.   Lets try ur surname and see what pops up.   Oh, b4 I 4get I got a email on my surname and they spelled it different.   Remember 2 try all variations of spelling.   Back to the search.   What did u get?  I got nothing on my first try.   This does happen so keep trying.   Happy hunting   cg

Friday, April 15, 2011


Hi fellow hunters....Today, is thursday and k friday too.  I am going to combine yesterday and today blog together but separate.  Thursday,   Another free website to continue your hunt.  Please make sure u put in the .org, otherwise another website will come up.  When u first open, make sure u register and watch the tutorials.   learn, learn, learn.  In the upper righthand corner u can type your surname.   I am coming up empty.  Maybe u have better luck.  Make sure u try all the surnames u r researching and check back frequently.

Friday, ""   Another great free website.  Like all the free websites, make sure u  browse the index and all that cyndi has to offer.  In the main Index there r different categories or like me search whole site.  try it.   However, if u do have specific areas, this a a gr8 start.   Good luck.   Remember, to go visiting this weekend 2 relatives who u might have missed and let them tell u stories of old.  Happy hunting.   cg

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Highlights of

It is humpy day already and we r talking about the next free website on my list.  When u open this website, there is a link that says "How 2 get started"  this is a Must read.  In order for this website to be useful, u must know your oldest known Ancestor.  Wow, do we know this at this point.  I dont.  How about u?  If u r lucky and u do, explore this website and we will get back to it in the near future.  If ur like me, lets move onto the next free website and explore.  However, keep in the back of your mind, cause we will be on the list of  Explore it today, and we will explore together tomorrow.  happy exploring   cg

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Morning all genealogy hunters :)  R u ready for another free website?  Am I going too fast?  A lot of info isnt it -- so.....tell u what, I will go onto and just let u explore on your own.   Ask me any questions and tomorrow, will go into some highlites.  see ya tomorrow, happy exploring

Monday, April 11, 2011

Hello folks, I know its late today.  What can I say, its Monday.....So we talked about free websites last week and this week we are going to explore them together 1 at a time.  Todays is  Type that in your browser.  Lets click a state, New York for mine, oh before I go on dont forget to read the home page, lots of  important information.  K, New York State, now the county, Montgomery,   Check on the right for query boards, might find one for your surname.  My county is broken up into towns.  is yours?  if u dont know the county, try "search just site"  They also list related sights u can use.  U will also find useful info as to "How to get started", forms, etc....It is worth checking out.  Remember, its free.  Links, they have.  They are all useful to you and your search.  Have u tried your surname yet.  Try treasure maps, the "How-to genealogy www site"  I could go on and on with this free site but you need to experience yourself.  Happy hunting.   cg

Friday, April 8, 2011

Free Websites

OMG its friday again.  Welcome back to my blog.   As promised, I listing 13 free sites for u to try this weekend.  Happy Hunting.  Don't forget to go visit those relatives!
1- (RandomActs of genealogical kindness)

Happy Hunting!  Enjoy!   cg

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Genealogy (love of the hunt) by CeirraGeorgia: "Civil War Era" 1861-1869"

Genealogy (love of the hunt) by CeirraGeorgia: "Civil War Era" 1861-1869": "Happy Thursday folks - I know I promised some free internet searches for u but today, I am going to change up a little and tell u that if u ..."

"Civil War Era" 1861-1869"

Happy Thursday folks - I know I promised some free internet searches for u but today, I am going to change up a little and tell u that if u have some folks u r researching in the 1861 - 1869 era, the men may have been in the civil war.  I am telling u this because has a free civil war search thats right free until April 14th.  I thought it best for your hunt that u be aware of this and take advantage.  Happy hunting thru the civil war.  See ya all TGIF, friday.  love cg

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Help Help Help

Have you come to a halt yet?  I have...Cannot find anything on  So I am going to start searching other Free websites for her name.  USGENWEB is a free site for everystate.  So I am going to try searching for her there.  It has also come to my attention that she may have died under another name which means she may have gotten married again.  I am rechecking the ss death index for the new name.  If you need a little help send me a comment and I'll steer you in the right direction.  See ya'all tomorrow with another free website to try.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

"Newspapers help with the hunt"

Happy Tuesday folks. How was the hunt? Did u find anything out? usually has a trial period. Did u try it? Would love to know how it went--did u search the marriage index for the male. If u find him, u'll find the female. In my case, I know the maiden name but that is all. Think about her approximate birthdate. Dont get frustrated, dont give up. I couldnt find anything either spelling her name Katherine or Catherine. I found a article in a newspaper of a car accident and they spelled her name with a "C" and her age, so now I got her approximate birth year, husband's birthyear and her 2 children and ages. I got alot from this article. Newspapers give a wealth of information. Happy hunting today! cg

Monday, April 4, 2011

Where do I start?

Its Monday, How was was your weekend?  Did u go visiting--If not, I'll remind u next weekend.  By now you know whom (surname) your going 2 research so its time 2 go hunting.  Today, I want to talk about your particular surname u r hunting.  Whether it be on your mother's/father's side.  First step in hunting is 2 get 2 know something about him/her.  Did u get the birth/death date?  Did u find out where he lived?  Lets explore this a little more....Lets say u know nothing about her.   We r going to use my names as examples.  Katherine Vanalstye Mykel.  If u have access to  That would be my first place.  If u dont, try a free online search in google such as Katherine Vanalstyne Mykel/genealogy.  Try to find free search engines for your name.  Tomorrow will talk about what u found.  Have a great Monday

Friday, April 1, 2011


Happy Friday....have u decided on a surname 2 follow yet?  How far back did u get with your tree.  This is a start.  Since the weekend is here, this is your homework....go visiting your relatives, very old or very knowledgeable and collect info trying to fill in those blanks...right down stories, anything you can ... everything you can but don't tire the older relatives although they will probably tire u out....they will welcome ur visit and to revisit the older days...they may even have pictures...take your digital camera with u and take some of ur own...go home and organize all the information u got..dont 4get to write down the relatives as resources.  Happy visiting....see ya all monday   cg

Thursday, March 31, 2011

"Start your hunt"

Good Morning friends, again its a rainy day here in georgia.....I hope i have equipped u now with the tools to start your hunt and today that is exactly what we are starting.  First, i want you to get a blank piece of paper and at the top write  your name(remember, if u are married woman to put your maiden name)  that is your full name draw a line under draw a line down between your name and across like a T...on the left side write your mother's full name including maiden name and on the left your father's full name.  You can write down their dob or date of birth/death if u want.  Being we r trying to find a family to follow (if u haven't decided on one yet), keep following down with your mother's mother/father and so forth.  At this point do not fill in the children yet.  Is it getting hard???  yea, it is?  Work on this today and lets see how far u get.....Have a great day and talk tomorrow  cg

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Forms Forms Forms

Good Morning followers, it is a rainy wednesday here in Georgia and today I am going to talk about Forms, forms, forms. ...  They r the researcher's best friend.   The best I have seen can be found at and some of the best I have chosen for u today r as follows:  Correspondence Record, Research Calendar, Research Extract, Source Summary for Family Info and family group record... Have u found the forms yet.  I suggest u do cause tomorrow we r going to start using them as we gather information.....Happy Hunting  CG

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

"Start your hunt"

Goodmorning!  I was going to start the tree this morning and such...but u need to get organized b4 u can start hunting.  U will need some tools.  A spiral notebook, pencil (u'll b doing lots of erasing) and pen. Decide where u will file ur information.  I use a loose leaf notebook with tabs that divide and organize my information.  This looseleaf notebook will fill up fast.  A drawer in a file cabinet will be great for extra forms.  You can go on and they have all the forms u will need to get organized and fill out for tomorrow's adventure into the back of your mind........see u there   CG

Monday, March 28, 2011


k, its Monday, March 28, 2011 and I am starting this new blog.  Hope you all will join me in the hunt!  We are hunting our relatives from 100's of years ago.  What fun we will have.  Just a little about me, I have been loving the hunt for over 30 years now when my kids were just babies and have just retired from being a OTR truck driver to pursue my passion, the love of the hunt.

Join me every day for new and exciting ways to hunt our relatives.  I am very new at this blogging, so please bear with me if I make mistakes (and I will) but we all have to start somewhere.  Today is the beginning of a new day.  Join me tomorrow, tuesday, as I start you all on this hunt.