According to the marriage record I found for my ancestors James Smith and Isabella Aitken, they were married 25 Dec 1840 in Carnwath Parish, Lanarkshire, Scotland.1 This couple has been very difficult to document. After much struggling, I managed to find them in Whitburn, Linlithgow, Scotland in the 1851 census, but hadn’t been able to […]
The United States Federal Census is one of the most widely used resources for genealogists. But did you know that the census microfilm images are also available online for free through the Internet Archive?
Census records are a valuable tool for the family historian. Do you know enough about them to use the effectively?
Years ago I found reference to a Christian Hoover of Gaskill Township, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania who was drafted along with Augustus Kinter and Samuel T. Hoover during the Civil War. I’ve always wondered if this were my ancestor Christian Hoover. Today, I may have found my answer.
If you’re going to be researching your family, there are some books that you must have. These are not just the books that I’ve found useful, but books that I’ve returned to again and again.* Red Book The Red Book: American State, County & Town Sources contains much need background information on the genealogy resources […]