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Tattoos: Signs of an “Interesting Past”

Jack London is quoted as saying, “Show me a man with a tattoo and I’ll show you a man with an interesting past.” My great-great-grandfather, Thomas Howley, was certainly no exception. In 1864, he joined the U.S. Navy under an assumed name so his wife wouldn’t find out. (She found out. She was not happy.)… Read more

The Year Was 1941

Posted by Juliana Smith on April 2, 2014 in Juliana's Corner, Moments in Time

With the upcoming release of Captain America, I thought it would be timely to take a look at what was going on in the real world during the year the original comic was released, 1941.   The year opened with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s famous Four Freedoms Speech. In this State of the Union address, the… Read more

Finding Maiden Names

Posted by Juliana Smith on March 18, 2014 in Juliana's Corner, Research

March is Women’s History Month and while you see plenty of coverage of high-profile women in the news and online, I think it’s equally important to honor the women in our own families. Their day-to-day struggles may not surface in history books, but their legacy lives on in the generations that followed them. Finding the… Read more

Kiss Me: I’m Irish Too!

Posted by Juliana Smith on March 14, 2014 in AncestryDNA, Juliana's Corner

Reading Anna Swayne’s blog post, Luck of The Irish: How Irish Are You?, I was reminded of the friendly sibling rivalry between my sisters and I shared when it came to who was more Irish. I can confirm Anna’s find that proximity to being born near St. Patrick’s Day does not factor in when it comes… Read more

Can’t find a marriage? Check for marriage mills

The genealogist in us diligently records the marriage date and place, and the family historian wonders about the story behind that date. If we’re fortunate, we may have a photograph of the happy couple on their wedding day, or some other memento of the occasion. A story may have been passed down through the family.… Read more

Moments in Time: 1888

Posted by Juliana Smith on January 7, 2014 in Juliana's Corner, Moments in Time

Knowing what was going on in the world can give you a fresh perspective on your ancestors. Here’s a look at the events of 1888. I’ll take a look at historical events from other years in future posts.  The year was 1888 and it came in with a roar. Following an unseasonably warm morning, on… Read more

6 Resolutions to Get Your Family History on Track in 2014

As we enter a new year, there’s always a degree of uncertainty as to what lies ahead.  Resolutions really give you a chance to grab the wheel and chart a course that can help you for the better. When you take control and set goals, good things happen. Here are a few of the family… Read more

Fill in Ancestral Backstory with New Texas Research Guide

Posted by Juliana Smith on November 26, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Juliana's Corner

I have to admit to being a bit behind the times when it comes to watching The Hunger Games, but to be fair, I’m a rather obsessed genealogist and I spend an inordinate amount of time living in the world of my ancestors. But in seeking some common ground with the hubby, I settled in a… Read more

Is Your Family History Safe from Disaster?

Posted by Juliana Smith on November 18, 2013 in Juliana's Corner, Research Helps

As a life-long Midwesterner, I know that when the weatherman puts you in a high-risk zone for dangerous weather, you pay attention. It’s gonna get ugly. So yesterday morning when I woke to that big red high-risk bubble over Illinois and Indiana, I knew we had to hit the ground running. The little closet in… Read more

Discovering True Love

There’s a story behind that marriage date. But unless the tale has been passed down through family lore or you’re the proud owner of a collection of torrid love letters, you’re never going to get it, right? Don’t give up so easily. Turns out that story of true love could be hiding in a yearbook… Read more

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