Yet More Unusual Records.... and How to Find Them

If you were intrigued by the horse sales records mentioned in a recent post, there are plenty more records in the U.S. National Archives that are unusual, unexpected, or unknown to most persons, that are just waiting for researchers to examine and make good use of. 33 more words

National Archives And Records Administration

USCIS Webinar, Thursday, 24 May 2018, 1 p.m. (Eastern): Interpreting Odd INS Naturalization Index Cards: The Case of "Gladys H"

“Interpreting Odd INS Naturalization Index Cards: The Case of “Gladys H” — Thursday, May 24, 1:00 PM Eastern

If you’ve ever searched online for mid-20th century naturalization records, you may have encountered unusual or hard-to-understand index cards.  85 more words


U.S. Government Horse Sales at Frederick, Maryland, and Reading Pennsylvania, February 1864

There are many unusual or unexpected records in the U.S. National Archives that shed light on the life on someone’s ancestor or relative. Among these is a slim volume in which were recorded the buyers and sale price of surplus military horses sold at auction on 12 February 1864 at Frederick, Maryland, and on 19 and 22 February 1864 at Reading, Pennsylvania. 93 more words


Review of USCIS Webinar: "‘Any alien’ serving in the military or naval forces of the United States? Asian immigrant soldiers and naturalization during the First World War"

On 25 April 2018, USCIS historian Zack Wilske gave an excellent presentation about the laws affecting naturalization of Asian alien soldiers and sailors during World War I. 388 more words


Season 10 of Who Do You Think You Are? 

Season 10 of Who Do You Think You Are? Premieres on Monday, May 21st on TLC and this seasons participants includes Hilary Duff, Jean Smart, Jon Cryer, Laverne Cox, Megan Mullally, and Molly Shannon.



My inspiration and motivator

A brief history of Emma Zena Lossl


April 17, 2018 marked my mother’s 107th birthday. Emma Zena Lossl (née Heitmann) 1911 – 20008, lived an extraordinary life. 357 more words

Genealogical Research

E-files, paper files, and in-between - organizing your genealogical research

In this post, I’m going to talk about 3 basic categories of filing: paper; a mix of paper and e-files; and e-files only. We genealogists are so good as ferreting out the secrets hidden in our documents, but what on earth can we do with the documents once we’ve found them? 673 more words