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Using Ledgers and Account Books

Using Ledgers and Account Books

(Note: Those interested in registering for my upcoming webinar will find that link at right, then scroll down) Recently, I got re-acquainted with the joys of a little utilized genealogical source: the store ledger. A wonderful local historian in Somerset County, Maryland shared ledger pages of a store in the community where my Eastern Shore […]

And Her Increase

And Her Increase

Nothing hits me harder than these three words. Some version of this phrase is often found in the wills of enslavers, designed to give away children who were not even yet conceived. Enslaved women’s wombs enriched generations of enslavers, both giving life and bringing death in so many ways. It’s a concept that still haunts […]

Undivided Interest in Deed Records

Undivided Interest in Deed Records

It is no secret that I am a huge proponent of researching deed records. I have previously discussed them in this blog and I have a webinar that teaches these records. Yes, deeds can be contain boring, lengthy descriptions of land, but when you find one that uses the phrase “undivided interest,” oh baby! You […]

The Tough Stuff of History for Genealogi...

The Tough Stuff of History for Genealogists

The 13 volumes of the Ku-Klux Congressional Testimony (part of the Serial Set) illustrate well the continuing divide in our country. I blogged about these records in 2016. These records are an incredible source of information for all genealogists trying to understand the issues at stake during Reconstruction, issues that extend into today. Hundreds of […]

 
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