Have you thought about how you are going to show off all the work you have done on your family history? My local family history group had a session recently where people brought in examples of what they had done with their family research. The first person showed us a large book which had been compiled as a ‘book of […]
The New Lunacy Act of 1857 allowed for all insane persons in Scotland to be admitted to an asylum. This was to be a separate institution from Poor Houses or hospitals where the insane had been prior to 1857. This also standardized the reporting procedures for those with mental health issues who were in need of institutional care. Annual reports were […]
Host Valerie Eichler Lair interviews Mary Kircher Roddy. Some of you know her as a regular on our panel discussing genealogy tv. Now you may know her from her latest tv stint on Travel Channels, Dead Files, with Amy Allan and Steve DiSchiavi. Grab your favorite cuppa, sit back and enjoy.
A few years back I was wandering a small local cemetery. It’s the final resting place for a number of my ancestors. Looking at family headstones I noticed the lone grave of a Civil War soldier, James R. Van Meter. His marker was engraved with an eagle and the inscription “Rest Soldier Thy Warfare is Ore”. His surname was one […]
What do Mt Kosciuszko and the Great Irish Famine have in common? The answer is Paul Edmund Strzelecki. Most of you will have heard of the Great Irish Famine, or An Gorta Mór. In the early 19th century about 40% of the population of Ireland depended on the potato for their main, or only, source of food. In 1845 the […]
I had the honour of being a speaker at this year’s Jamboree – the annual conference of the Southern California Genealogy Society in Burbank California. In addition to speaking, I had a booth in the Exhibit Hall. Ahead of the genealogy conference was the Genetic Genealogy Conference. I arrived at the hotel on Thursday, June 8th. Thanks to flight delays, […]