Query using exact date pays off

We’re still on holiday, now in the Algarve area of southern Portugal, but that doesn’t stop me from thinking about genealogy research.


A Scarry Halloween

Yes, I know the proper spelling for “scary,” the synonym of frightening. It’s just an eerie coincidence that today I encountered the name “Scarry” in the 1860 U.S. Federal Census.


The Irish in Baltimore

We are here in Baltimore to celebrate Christmas and the 3rd birthday of our great-niece, Shannon Molly. Coincidentally, there’s a family history connection here in Maryland, too.


I stayed in and searched

Do you have a research “nemesis”? That one name in your family tree consistently blocked by a brick wall?


Quinns in NLI parish records

Our recent trip to Ireland encouraged me to take another look at my husband’s lines of Irish ancestry and follow up with research in the parish records now available online through the National Library of Ireland (NLI).


Mortality Schedules

Census years 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880 included information about individuals who died within the 12-month period before the census-taking. These lists are known as “Mortality Schedules” and may be the only record of death for some individuals. Many states did not require death records until the late nineteenth century. In addition, gravestones or cemetery […]

WITB? Quit-Claim Deed

We found a number of real estate documents in the metal box in our basement. None of the described real property is still owned by the family, but they’re valuable documents nonetheless.