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“Reasoning from Evidence,” by Thomas W. Jones, PH.D., CG, CGL, FASG

“Genealogy Pointers” continues with its practice of excerpting sections from Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards (Progen PPS), edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills. Today we have lifted the beginning pages of Chapter 12, “Reasoning from Evidence,” which was prepared by Dr. Thomas W. Jones. We are sure you will agree that even in these scant […]


Tracing your Irish Ancestors: A Three-step Guide

by Brian Mitchell, Derry Genealogy. Email: genealogy@derrystrabane.com Background There are 2,508 parishes in Ireland. You can identify the civil parishes of Ireland, and their associated townlands, at https://www.johngrenham.com/places/civil_index.php by selecting county of interest on the map. To gain insight into the economic and social landscape of 19th century Ireland you can consult A Topographical Dictionary […]


Family Bibles as an Underutilized Genealogical Resource — By Michael Hait

(The following article originally appeared in the [Washington] Examiner.com on July 4, 2010.) Family Bibles hold a unique position among genealogical record groups. They are not official records created for use outside of the family. This point cannot be understated, or underemphasized, for often certain facts will appear in a family Bible that do not otherwise appear. […]


New Summer Publications from Genealogical.com

This summer we are happy to announce a significant number of new publications that could assist you in your research. For example, Michael A. Ports has delivered the first of four new installments in our series of laminated research aids, “Genealogy at a Glance.” The new one covers the state of Tennessee. Jason Kruski, the expert […]


Using Soundex, by Emily Croom

(The following article has been excerpted from Emily Anne Croom’s classic how-to book, Unpuzzling Your Past. 4th Edition) The 1880, 1900, and 1920 federal censuses and parts of the 1910 and 1930 censuses are indexed by state using a code based on the sounds in surnames. This indexing system is called Soundex. It is most […]


The Calendar of State Papers Relating to Ireland, by David Dobson

Since the medieval period many of the records of the English government have been analyzed and inventoried in collections known as “Calendars.” The documents have been transcribed, abstracted, and listed in chronological order in a series of publications, such as Calendar of State Papers, Domestic; Calendar of State Papers, Spanish; Calendar of State Papers, America […]

Planning Your Successful Research Trip

by Carolyn L. Barkley Summer is the time that genealogists take to the road in search of new sources for their family trees. Many will travel to Salt Lake City to visit the unparalleled Family History Library. Others will combine research with education by driving/flying to Ft. Wayne, Indiana, to attend the Federation of Genealogical […]


Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice, and Standards Offers Guidelines for Achieving Lineage/Hereditary Society Membership

Many genealogists hope one day to gain membership in a hereditary or lineage society, such as the Sons of the American Revolution, or the 17th Century Colonial Dames of America. For these individuals, one of the many virtues of the new book, Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice, and Standards (Progen PPS), edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills, […]

British Migration to the West Indies Before 1800

British Migration to the West Indies Before 1800 By Dr. David Dobson The waning of Spanish power in the early seventeenth century enabled England to establish its Empire in the West Indies.  This began with Barbados then spread northwards in the Lesser Antilles and to Jamaica by 1655. English interest in the Caribbean during the […]