Understanding Spanish Parish Records

Mastering Spanish Handwriting Deciphers 16th-Century Handwriting

Chapter Twelve of Mastering Spanish Handwriting and Documents, 1520-1820 tackles the difficult task of transcribing the 16th-century Cortesana style of Spanish handwriting commonly found in documents created by notaries and other officials of the Spanish Empire. With a nod to Miguel Cervantes’ Don Quixote, authors George Ryskamp, Peggy Ryskamp, and Leandro Soria introduce the notorious[…]Read more

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Generation by Generation: A Modern Approach to the Basics of Genealogy

Winning Review for Generation by Generation on “Organize Your Family History”

Professional organizer Janine Adams writes the blog, Organize Your Family History. She also has produced a bundle of publications to help genealogists keep themselves on track as they gather more and more information about their family. Janine recently reviewed Generation by Generation: A Modern Approach to the Basics of Genealogy, by Drew Smith.  Here is[…]Read more

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The Carlins of North West Ireland: A Representative Surname History

The Carlins of North West Ireland: A Representative Surname History, by Brian Mitchell

The following one-page history of the Carlin clan associated with County Donegal and County Derry is indicative of what the reader can expect to encounter with each of the 300+ histories of surnames compiled by Brian Mitchell in his book, The Surnames of North West Ireland:  Concise Histories of the Major Surnames of Gaelic and[…]Read more

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The Florida Genealogist Gives High Marks to our Recent Publications

The Florida Genealogist Gives High Marks to our Recent Publications

The Florida Genealogist is the quarterly journal of the Florida Genealogical Society. In its June 2023 issue (Volume XLVI—Number 1), the journal’s staff posted the article, “Using Books to Advance Our Research.” Three of our recent publications are reviewed in the article, so we wanted to share some of the comments about those books with[…]Read more

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The Push, Pull & Means of Colonial Era British Emigration

The Push, Pull & Means of Colonial Era British Emigration, by Terrence M. Punch

Following is a discussion of some of the things I have learned from studying the migration of people from Scotland and Ireland into the Maritimes.  Books about emigration usually talk of the forces that drove people out of their homelands – what we call the push factors: Highland clearances, breakdown of the traditional clan system,[…]Read more

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Irish and Scots-Irish Consolidations Identify Immigrants & Possible Forebears

Irish and Scots-Irish Consolidations Identify Immigrants & Possible Forebears

Over the last year and a half, Genealogical.com has consolidated two series of books by Dr. David Dobson that were originally published in multiple installments. The first of these was Scots-Irish Links, 1525-1825: Consolidated and Indexed Edition. In Two Volumes, originally published in 15 parts but lacking an index.  To rectify these shortcomings, we re-numbered[…]Read more

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Genealogists Must Consider Women’s Property Rights

Genealogists Must Consider Women’s Property Rights

One of the most fascinating chapters in the Fourth Edition of The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy, by Val D. Greenwood, concerns women’s property rights. Chapter 23, “Property Rights of Women as a Consideration,” while not specifically focused on finding records relating to women, nonetheless explores “the legal considerations that will help you better understand[…]Read more

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