Research Stories

Confessions of a Genealogist 4

I have been thinking about my grandmother, Eva Zielinski Morgan, a lot lately. She died in April 2011 at the age of 101+. She would have been 102 years old that June. As I was thinking of all the family information she had told me over the years (and taking my walk down memory lane), that is when it hit me: I screwed up. Big time. What was I thinking?

Mistakes Researchers Make Looking for Death Records 2

When looking for a death record for an ancestors, some researchers look for only the obvious-a death certificate or an obituary. So, what happens if they don’t find any? Some people give up. Smart researchers look for alternatives. What about the person who found a death certificate or obituary? Some stop. They think they have adequate proof of the ancestors death. But, is it and if it is, does it tell us everything we want to know about that ancestor? No, no, and again, no.

Throw Me Something, Mister! 1

Louisiana’s unique and colorful heritage is never so evident as it is during Mardi Gras, or Carnival season. Mardi Gras, French for Fat Tuesday, is the day before the Lenten fasting season begins. In Louisiana, it’s marked by a variety of celebrations including parades, beads, balls, wild costumes, food, drink, and some types of revelry that defy description. Some traditions are believed to date back to French medieval times.

If Not Now, When?

I was perspiring profusely, I know it was July and I had good reason to be standing in a pool of my own sweat. The added inability to focus, shortness of breathes and screaming voices in my head telling me to run were more than I could blame on the effects of a summer’s day sun. You see, it had come down to this one moment. The moment I had to put ‘it’ out there into the world.