Migrating ancestors, deciphering legalese, and an usual death involving a cow. It’s just some of what we were reading this week.
“Ancestors on the Move,” by B. Rogers, on When I Was 69. B. considers the reasons that our ancestors moved.
“Extracting Data From a Biographical Sketch – Part 1,” by Wendy Littrell, on All My Branches Genealogy. Wendy gives some practical advice on how to keep track of who is whom when you’re reading those long and flowery biographies in old county histories.
“Genealogy Tip: Trouble Transcribing? Google the Legal Boilerplate,” by Tim Graham, on Photo Restorations By Tim G. Do you have a hard-to-read document with standard legal wording on it? Help yourself by using Google (or whatever your favorite search engine is) to find what the boilerplate says. The personal names, of course, are up to you to figure out!
“Humphrey Atherson’s Quaker Curse?” by Pam Carter, on My Maine Ancestry. Was Humphrey Atherson’s unusual death divine retribution for his persecution of Quakers?
“Unusual Regional Words,” by Kirsty Gray, on Family Wise Ltd. Not only are some phrases unusual, but they may also be specific to one region.