By Alice Plouchard Stelzer
The dictionary tells us that being invisible is being inconspicuous, unobtrusive, and unnoticeable. From a researcher’s point of view, tracing the life movements of invisible women creates many challenges. In the Preface to Notable American Women, editors Janet and Edward James said, “Biographies of women, especially little-known ones, pose special problems of research and interpretation. For women’s lives generally, documentation tends to be [...]
Do you have an old family photo you can’t identify? Are you unsure of the time period or place a photo was taken in? Perhaps you want to connect with others who are researching a specific ancestor you have an image of?
If so, Google Image Search offers a unique way to explore your family history.Google image searches for genealogy can be used to: Find websites that have information about a specific ancestor you are researching by uncovering pages that contain the same [...]
Genealogy reference books have long been a valuable part of family history research. Providing help and how-to on a huge range of topics, the best selections will take any genealogist on a journey of discovery.
But with an ever-growing assortment of online reference information for family historians it is easy to overlook the many fascinating and well researched genealogy books on the market today. So, we’ve done our research and put together a list of the some of the most [...]
Robert Evans Griner (1767_1827) eloped with Priscilla Knight (1774-1848). They migrated to what they thought was north of Duck River near Hickman County Tennessee that in those days was the border of lands of the Native American Chickasaw Nation, and there they built a cabin. The United States Army troops advised them that they were in violation of the treaty and had to move. They destroyed their cabin in Maury County Tennessee, and on the advice of the troops they moved to the well [...]
My paternal grandmother was Sara Elizabeth Peterson Wallin. It was Grandma Wallin who gave me my love of genealogy (and some of my Swedish genes).
Grandma was born in Nebraska on November 8, 1894 and died nearly 100 years later, in 1986. She grew up at a time when girls, especially daughters of immigrants on the Nebraska prairie, didn’t think about much except getting married and having a family. But Grandma was smarter than most, and more ambitious than most. She managed, [...]
“The grandson wants to remember what the father wished to forget.” –anonymous
One of my great-grandfathers was a Swede named Charles Anderson (1859-1916), a boatman on the canals of northern Illinois—and he was quite a character. Grandma never talked about him—but being a big fan of black sheep stories (especially when the aforementioned stories come from within my own family), I think I shall.
How do you write about the past in ways that bring the characters to life, while being true to the facts of the time and place?
By writing “…books that communicate information in a scenic, dramatic fashion,” says Lee Gutkind, who was once described by Vanity Fair magazine as “The Godfather” of creative nonfiction.
Creating a dramatic scene presents a nonfiction writer with some unique problems. You can rely on historical sources to recreate a vivid description of the [...]
When I was a child, my gt-aunt Myfanwy lived with us. She loved to tell family stories, and one she told often was about the day she took an amputated arm, wrapped in newspaper, to the cemetery.
If you’ve been reading this series of ‘Don’t Trust a Document’ blogs, you may recall my gt-uncle Felix from the unfortunate business with his wrong baptism date in ‘Never Trust a Document – or a Gravestone’. The picture heading-up this blog is Gt-Uncle Felix in his [...]