Farming, Baking, Historical Research – The Many Facets of Me

Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you that I have all my irons in the fire, so to speak. There are a lot of different things that interest me. People tell me to pick one and stick to that, but that is something I just can’t do. I like to spend timeContinue reading “Farming, Baking, Historical Research – The Many Facets of Me”

Tipsy Tuesday – vs.

Last Tuesday we talked about beginning your family research, and the importance of being hands-on in the beginning. If you missed that post you can click here to read it. Today, we are going to talk about two of the largest genealogical databases on the web, and the pros and cons of both sites. ANCESTRY.COMContinue reading “Tipsy Tuesday – vs.”

Tipsy Tuesday – So You Want to Research Your Family History, Tips for Beginners

So, you decided that you want to research your family history, but where is the starting point? With so many ways to research online now it can be overwhelming for anyone. Have no fear though, in this post we will start at the most basic beginning for the genealogy novice. This step by step guideContinue reading “Tipsy Tuesday – So You Want to Research Your Family History, Tips for Beginners”

Family Friday – James Hudson Shoults

James Hudson Shoults was born on 04 April, 1849, in Missouri. His parents were George Shoults and his third wife, Lucinda. James was born in Jefferson County, Missouri in 1849, the 6th child of George and 4th child of Lucinda. The Shoults family removed from Jefferson County to Cistern, Texas around 1860. The 1870 FayetteContinue reading “Family Friday – James Hudson Shoults”

Unlocking the Information in the Dawes Roll

First and foremost, what exactly is the Dawes Roll and why is it so important? The Dawes Roll was an allotment roll for the Five Civilized Tribes. It was created by the Dawes Commission in 1893, which was authorized by the U.S. Congress to prepare and execute the General Allotment Act of 1887. The GeneralContinue reading “Unlocking the Information in the Dawes Roll”

The Many Different Rolls of the Cherokees and the Genealogical Value of Each

When people begin researching their ancestry with the hope of finding a roll number they think, “Oh, finding my ancestor is easy.” I know that is what I thought over twenty years ago when I started my research. In truth, it may be easy for some to just look on the Dawes Roll and say,Continue reading “The Many Different Rolls of the Cherokees and the Genealogical Value of Each”

The Importance of Land Records in Genealogical Research

 The value of the information found in land records to a genealogist is immeasurable. I have had many people tell me they do not bother with searching land records in their research. They do not believe there is any valuable information to be obtained from these documents, therefore they limit themselves and their research byContinue reading “The Importance of Land Records in Genealogical Research”