Today Diana and I are going to wrap up our discussion of locality research. In last week's episode we talked about the first two question to ask: "What happened?" and "Where did it happen?" Today, we are talking about the last question: "Why did it happen?" This episode is all about the historical context that affected our ancestors lives. What is your favorite way to learn about historical context? We suggest several ideas, including county histories, biographical sketches, periodicals, and newspapers. Diana tells how she found a county history that explained why her ancestors moved around so much within Indian...
Do you know more about your male or female ancestors? Men are definitely easier to research. They owned land and were listed as the heads of household on U.S. Federal Census records before 1850. We’ve probably all traced our surname line back as far as possible - who wouldn’t want to know where their name came from? The soldiers, land owners, prominent business men, and community leaders in our family trees have captured the interest of many of us. I know more about the men in my family tree - and that’s why I’m motivated this year to devote a whole month of...
Diana Elder, AG®, and Nicole Dyer
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