It’s National Dog Day! Did Your Ancestors Have Dogs?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on August 26, 2013 in Reference Desk

I love my two dogs, Coco and Belle.  I remember the dogs I had as a kid:  Boomer, Peppy and Caesar.  I can remember my dad talking about his dog Smokey and how he claimed that the one time he ever got in trouble was because he tied Smokey to the water heater.    I believe… Read more

Four Steps to Finding Your Civil War Ancestors

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on August 16, 2013 in Reference Desk

Have you ever wondered who your Civil War ancestors were?  We have guidelines to help you find them. Identify who you are looking for Gather the likely suspects. Pick someone to start researching and find his brothers and cousins. Which side did they probably fight for? Start searching for records. Gather the likely suspects When… Read more

How Do I Know if a Vital Record Exists?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on August 15, 2013 in Reference Desk

Wouldn’t it be nice if all of our ancestors had birth, marriage and death records? And shouldn’t those records clearly and accurately state places and dates and relationships that will quickly grow our tree? Yes. In a perfect world.  And genealogy is not a perfect world. I know from census records that Wyatt Paul Gillespie… Read more