BYUTV’s Show “Ancestors”

Check out the program Ancestors. This is a genealogy series on Brigham Young University TV network. There are 23 episodes. You can also watch on your computer. They were done more than 10 years ago; but, the information is still relevant and helpful. Just a few of the topics: vital, religious, census, military, cemetery, probate, […]

Just a Reminder…

Don’t just look at transcribed indexes! The transcriber may not have been able to read the writing or the original is in bad shape. I’ve seen people included in a household census who were obviously part of the neighbor’s family. If you can’t find a name think of every possible way to spell it. On […]

Historical Trivia

In George Washington’s days, there were no cameras. One’s image was either sculpted or painted. Some paintings of George Washington showed him standing behind a desk with one arm behind his back while others showed both legs and both arms. Prices charged by painters were not based on how many people were to be painted, […]

Gleanings from American Spirit magazine

The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training ( has 158 articles, with pictures, on headstone repairs and cemeteries etc. Association for Gravestone Studies has a list of over 100 ways people have said died on headstones. A less invasive way to read headstone carvings is to reflect sunlight using a mirror. Harsh cleanser use […]

Effie, is not a name in itself, it can be a nickname or shortened version for Euphemia, Hephzibah, and even Evelyn. It means well spoken. It was fairly popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s. This is from a question at the meeting. Frenchmen’s Flat is in the area of Lower Washington St. in […]

More Gleanings

Gleanings from the Weekly Genealogist… The Atlantic had an article on the King’s Daughters or Filles de Roi. French genealogy in Quebec is so well documented that professional geneticists and demographers use it for their research. One of the mutation’s they’ve found is Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy. It causes vision loss mostly in young men. […]


Gleanings from Ray Hildebrand’s talk and our discussion afterward… If you know what port of embarkation your ancestor left from to go to war…do a little research. Headquarters Port of Embarkation, Hoboken N.J. will find all sorts of information at the Hoboken Historical Museum and other listings that may be of interest. American Doughboy 1916-1919 […]

The Maysville Museum has an honor roll Some of the names on it are McGlauflin. A lady at the open house said they were her relatives. She said when you see that spelling you know that it’s the same family. When they came from the old country they hired someone to do research and decided […]

Don’t forget that people may have been buried on the grounds of VA hospitals (Togus has a cemetery}, mental institutions, sanitariums, and prisons (Maine State Prison has one}. Some people may be buried with a number, not their name.