Deborah Carder Mayes

Deborah Carder Mayes

About Deborah Carder Mayes

Debbie is the author of IDG’s monthly column, Beyond the Obituaries. She also writes a blog, Rambling Along the Ancestral Trail, (

The WPA and Cemeteries 2

  You might remember learning about the Work Progress Administration or WPA in history class when you were in school.  Like most of us, you probably don’t remember much about it, except that it was part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal. In case you don’t remember learning about the WPA or Roosevelt’s New Deal, let me refresh your […]

Ancestors in A Nation Divided

I was so excited when I learned that my friend and colleague, Cindy Freed was having a book published. I met Cindy several years ago when I joined the Daughters of Union Civil War Veterans. One of the first DUV meetings I attended was held in Cindy’s home. When I told my mom where it was, she said, “You know […]

What I’ve Learned Doing My Family History That Has Nothing To Do With Family History 3

When I began working on my family history, I learned or re-learned a lot of skills and topics.  I don’t know if people are aware of all that genealogy entails that really have nothing to do with genealogy, yet can have everything to do with it. Here’s a list.  You may think of some that I haven’t included. Computer skills-using […]

The Importance of Church in the Lives of Our Ancestors 2

Church played an important role in the lives of our ancestors.  Now, let me say that I am talking about the role of church, not religion. Not everyone was religious, but, unless they lived in a totally remote area, there was a church nearby and it had some impact on their lives. This country was founded on religious freedom.  Many […]