This Old Tree, November 2018

The mystery of Charles Trade and Katrina Bishop The facts as they appear are straight forward. There is a marriage record in Old Town, Maine for Charles Trade, 33, son of Peter and Mary Trade marrying Katrina Bishop 36, a widow on 30th of April 1870. From the census entry taken on 10th of June […]

This Old Tree, October 2018

This time the topic is making use of a valuable resource that is often overlooked: namely, the University of Maine at Orono Campus‘s Fogler Library. The third weekend in September, Spike Savage and I went to the Maine State Genealogical Society meeting. We went down on Friday the day before for several reasons including driving […]

This Old Tree, September 2018

August is reminding us that the summer is coming to an end. Meaning that for me it is time to look over all my different lines and see what is missing. I was looking for information for one family out of York, Maine. I reviewed the early families in the York, Maine. I had little […]

This Old Tree, June 2018

Helping Others Can Have Unexpected Benefits This is Part Two on the Search to Break a Brick Wall Orlan Smith, of our local genealogy group, was given a possible hint as to who his Second-great grandfather’s parents might be by Karen from the museum on Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick. Like I said in last month’s […]

This Old Tree, May 2018

Helping Others Can Have Unexpected Benefits By Finding Your Own Ancestry Records This month’s column is about the benefits of helping fellow genealogists (or those trying to do their family tree). One member of our group has a brick wall in one of his/her major lines. I and others have racked our brains trying to […]

This Old Tree, March 2018

Irish Ancestry Records And How to Find Them In March I often think St Patrick Day. I know that I have Irish ancestors because my mother was s McConnell who earliest ancestor in North America from the Emerald Isle. I reviewed my DNA results which show that 29% of my ancestors were from Ireland and […]

This Old Tree, February 2018

Name Changes over Time And How to Find Them Most people seek to find who their first known ancestors in North America are and where they came from back in the old country. For some people, that is all they really care about. I, myself, enjoy finding who was the first person in each of […]

This Old Tree, January 2018

Looking at the Living Relatives And Where to Find Them This is the start of a new year for genealogical research. I am suggesting that the readers of this column take stock and review their family tree(s). We (you) may be able to update/add information, as there are more new resources online. Review the individual […]

This Old Tree, November 2017

Your Family’s Vital Records and where to find them. There are many sources that are available for doing research. The problem stems from either not knowing where to find the records or they are not accessible to non-professional Genealogists. The old advice “start with what you know” is where to begin. Record the information you […]

This Old Tree, October 2017

Did You Really Read the Records? This month’s column is about reading early records carefully. One can be overjoyed to find proof of your ancestor’s vital records that you recorded the primary information without noting the secondary information that may be found in the records. My example is the marriage record for Denis Hal(y)e with […]