my NEW genealogical excitement


As a family historian, I love, loVE, LOVE living in this day and age of computers, scanners, optical character recognition readers etc!  Isn’t it sooo great?!?  Are you wondering what’s in the box?  Well…let me tell you!  They are bunches of old will documents that have been stored away in Maryland for over ONE HUNDRED YEARS….maybe not even opened for that long…who knows!   But now, these records are being scanned and available  for use/research.  Click the ‘source’ link next to the picture to read the article.  It really is an EXCITING time for genealogical research!  If you missed my post about the War of  1812 Project, be sure to check it out too!

I’ve been busy lately with plenty of family history research…mainly USA research.  However I do have English ancestors and I {eventually} would like to get going on researching those lines!

I recently went to a short workshop on how to use FindMyPast at a nearby Family History Center.  Since I’m busy with other research, I don’t really want to pay the money to have access to this database at home (’s subscription alone about breaks the bank!), so I’m sooooo glad I can go somewhere to use it without signing up and paying yet.  Maybe when I’m REALLY seriously studying those English lines I will, but not now :o)

Just so you know, there is no cost to visit a FamilySearch Center, and they are open to anyone with an interest in genealogical research. There are more than 4,600 Family History Centers in 134 countries – so find one near you!!! Family History Centers provide free access to quite a few subscription genealogy websites.  It’s soooo GREAT!

5 thoughts on “my NEW genealogical excitement

  1. What names are you looking out for?
    I have just spent over 5 years following my ancestral lines back to 1400s and before. I can mark out the direct branches to 1593, as Scottish baptismal records are recorded online and are traceable to 1593.
    Before that you have to be logical, but use the information you have gleaned and the family naming patterns.
    It is addictive!


    • That is exciting! Only a few of our lines are close to being that far back. Do you have any experience with late 1700/early 1800 upstate New York? Our brick wall is a very common name…Anderson. It’s really hard to tell if we’re climbing the correct family tree most of the time! :o)


      • The only NY connection that I have is via a great-aunt x 5 or 6 called Jean McAulay, who married a John Arnaud. The Arnauds were Huguenots who escaped from La Rochelle after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes. They came to England with a family called Perlier. Some of these people went to Rhode Island but were driven away by the other settlers and they went on to help to found New York.
        My Anderson connection is through my paternal grandmother whose parents were Fotheringham and Souter from the East coast fishing villages of Kincardineshire. Tracing back they had Ritchie, Coull, Peart etc in their trees. But eventually I came to Andersons from a bit further north east. They were fishing people and my grandmother used to say that she had Norweigans in her tree. Anderson sounds Scandinavian to me.
        If anything rings a bell, let me know and I can give you more details.


      • Wow, I can tell you know your stuff! That’s great! I’ll keep an eye out for those names. Thanks! The family lore is that our Andersons came from Scotland, but I just need to prove it :o) I love the digging and searching though, so hopefully the proof will come eventually, right?


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