Thursday Thoughts on Genealogy and Everything Else
Hi genealogy friends! Thursday’s Thoughts here again. Nothing profound, just observations and who knows, maybe something here will spark a conversation or two!
• I have updated Genealogy Circle with a new look and logo! I hope you find it easy to read. I continue to work on the broken photo links on some of the old posts. I am a little more than half finished but will have that completed soon. I also added new family charts to my surname links on the front page. (Again the old links were broken.) Hopefully I’ll have the site update completed in the next week!
Did you know there’s an index there for the Roster of Ohio Soldiers 1861-1866? It’s on microfilm and is called the G.A.R. Index. It’s in alphabetical order by surname so if your ancestor had brothers or other relatives who served, you’ll find all of them listed together in the index. Next to their names, it tells what volume and page the soldier is listed on.
No, I didn’t know that. Thanks Debbie for the info! You can read more about Debbie at her website—Deborah A. Carder Mayes Genealogy & Family History. You’ll enjoy her easy reading style and informative posts.
Read the Stuff You Know
When having difficulty transcribing or reading a specific word on a document or record, focus initially on words and phrases you know. Many records contain boilerplate text with words that you can reasonably “guess” without initially being able to read. This can help you see how the writer makes certain letters, helping you interpret those words with which you are not so familiar.
Excellent advice! I’m keeping this in mind as I tackle my next document!
• I’m adding “Family Tree Boards” to my Pinterest site. So far I have a Williams Family Tree board and a Marshall Family Tree board. I will add a board for each of my surnames. I’m hoping to find some distant cousins on this wildly popular site.
• Me and my genea-buddy sister will be attending the Family History Jamboree in Dayton, OH this Saturday. We attended this event sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints last year. It was loads of fun and an info packed day. I’ll write a blog post next week about our day. I hope you’ll stop back to read it. (I know that’s yet another attempt to keep you coming back to my blog but I hope it works and you’ll be back!! LOL!)
Thanks for stopping by.