Tag Archives: family names

Podcast, Episode 6: Don’t Be a Jeffrey

Genealogy is populated with lots of groovy people, and just enough Jeffreys doing things the wrong way to thoroughly annoy the rest of us. Don’t be a Jeffrey, be awesome! Follow the best practice and best evidence guidelines for Ancestry in this episode and you’ll go far, Cousin. Happy Black History Month to all. And […]

Podcast, Episode 4: The Glory of the Story

“The Glory of the Story” is about the fun of gathering family stories. Folklore is great for finding facts and hints to start a tree, but it’s equally wonderful for entertainment and for preserving the memory of family elders for all generations, current and future, to enjoy. If your family tells stories, this is for […]

Podcast, Episode 3: Folklore, or Just the Facts, Ma’am

“Folklore, or Just the Facts, Ma’am” is for EVERYBODY. If you’re doing research for yourself, or helping someone new start their own, this episode will help you to understand the whys and hows of using folklore-gathering skills to jumpstart your tree. I discuss a few examples of how folklore has helped me, and how asking […]

Folklore, Genealogy, and the Holiday Season

So many festive events, so little time. While it is VERY bad form to work on your laptop while sitting on the couch in the middle of a holiday meal or party, it is possible to add to your family tree during the joy and mirth surrounding the Christmas tree or the Hanukkah bush. In […]

What Are You Learning from ROOTS on The History Channel?

What are you learning from ROOTS? What did you already know? What do you think viewers SHOULD know? I’d really like answers to this!! I have learned that song has always been an instrument of rebellion, from singing in a native tongue to communicate, to using the appearance of obedience and even (celebration? I don’t […]

A GREAT Site and Group for Reparational Genealogy

I just stumbled into something wonderful! It turns out that I have African-American cousins. Not surprising, but very good news. In connecting with them on Facebook by way of Ancestry.com, I was invited to join an FB group called DNA Tested African Descendants. I hope to find more cousins there. It is a closed group, […]

The Monday Teaser – Extreme Family Names

appy Monday! Last week I posted a request on Facebook for outlandish family stories that prove false. This week? The Name Game. What is the weirdest first name in your family? I have some doozys from the Pilgrim crew. My favorites are Resolve (m), Keziah (f) and Iwerner (f!). Of course there are some great, more recent ones, […]