Surname Backgrounds

Here are some names of old occupations that may give you an idea of the history of your surname: Surname Occupation Backman/Backster/Baxter/Beck/Becker baker Barker One who strips bark from trees prepares leather with bark = tanner Bauer German for farmer Beadle/Bedel/Bedell town crier or someone who keeps order Boniface innkeeper Brewster female brewer Burgess represented […]

“Secretary Hand”

Member Frances Heales mentioned “Secretary Hand.” This led me to the following info: It was a style of European handwriting from the 1500s and 1600s and longer for English, German, Welsh, and Gaelic. This led me to a BYU Script Tutorial on line. There are four main hands or scripts in English documents; Round, Italic, […]

Gleanings from the NEHGS weekly e-newsletter

Look up Civil War Photo Sleuth. You’ll find an article in Slate and other articles which will explain their use of facial recognition software. One of the photos they examined was from the Maine State Archives. They identified the man as Francis Marion Eveleth who was the assistant surgeon of the 7th Maine Infantry. He […]

Fort Fairfield Newspapers Online

— Submitted by Leslie G. Poole, Rockland, ME I’ve been to the Fort Fairfield Library several times and agonized about perusing their old newspapers. They are so fragile and “crackly.” But now, thanks to librarian Jennifer Gaenzle, newspapers are now online to browse from the comfort of your own home, which, if you’re like me, […]

Naturalization Records

In the U.S., before 1906, people could go to any courthouse to become a citizen. Apparently you could start the process in one court and finish it in another. Papers filed after 27 Sept. 1906 have more info than prior: Declaration of Intent/1st papers Petition for Naturalization/2nd or final papers Certificate of Naturalization. The government […]

The Importance of Full Place Names

Remember to write out town, county/parish, state/province, and country on your charts. At the very least have it correctly noted in your records somewhere. You may know what you mean but, down the road when you leave your records behind it may not be very apparent to someone else. Did you know there’s a town […]

Genealogy Road Show on PBS

The other night I watched the Genealogy Road Show on PBS. One of the individuals being helped was a woman who had information that her mother birth record listed her mother’s race as colored. The lady wanted to know if this was a mistake or if her mother was really colored? The genealogist was able […]

Sharing Your Genealogy Files With Others

Please remember when you wish to share your genealogy with others as an attachment file, do not assume that person you are sending the file too is using the same genealogy program that you are using. All genealogy programs have options on how to send files that you wish to share with others. Go to […]

Recording Locations

Reprinted from the November 2009 newsletter by Jay Bullard In recording data into your files, how do you record the location where and when a historical event or fact happened? Do you take the easy way out as I do; eg, record the location where it is known today even if the historical records call […]