New England Tombstones
While looking at a website of New England tombstones, I remembered something from an archeology class about the sequence of New England headstone style changes. I Googled the name of the author and found an article from a journal. Some researchers might find this useful in getting approximate dates on headstones with names but no exact date data. Click here to readÂ the article.
All the best,
Image: Colonial Massachusetts tombstone details: Capt. Samuel Hunting, Charlestown, 1701 (from Library of Congress Photo Collection)
Sometimes It Takes a Manual Search
In searching census records, I found that on one occasion the person who wrote the index missed listing my ancestor and family. I found him by the tedious but effective method of â€œmanual search.â€ I went to the district, county, and state I thought he should be in and started with page one scanning each page with my eyes. Ah ha! There was the family. Sometimes the long way to do something is the only way.
Thanks for all you do to help us amateurs with our hobby.
Marilou Watson Jacob
New Portal of Family History Websites
I have posted a listing of commonly used family history websites alphabetically arranged from A to Z. This website will be helpful to family history instructors, students, genealogists, and librarians as a quick listing of popular sites.
If you have a suggestion you would like to share with other researchers, send it to: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org . Thanks to all of this week’s contributors!
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