Monthly Archives: July 2012

Genealogy Mysteries

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

I love a mystery.  Since my youth, I have been an avid reader of the mystery genre.  My preferences are fictional, and the sub-genres cozies and historical, featuring amateur detectives in modern and historical times.  I supplement by reading police procedurals, soft and hard-boiled PIs, and thrillers. How does this relate to genealogy?  With my first discovery researching my family, […]

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Finding Edward

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

My 2nd great-grandfather, Edward Noble, was born in Ireland abt. 1826, immigrated with his family to England circa 1850, and to Coal Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania abt. 1865.  I therefore expected to find the family in this county in the 1870 US census; so I searched for them on Ancestry.com with no results.  I did find the family as they […]

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It Pays to Browse

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

…the census, that is. I would like to talk about browsing online census records as an effective, although last ditch effort, to finding an ancestor. While you can browse any records, this technique works best with records like the census were you can go through families one by one. This approach can be used with any website housing census records […]

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Using SmartDraw for Genealogy

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

There is an interesting piece of software that I’ve recently discovered called SmartDraw. For many years, I have used Microsoft Visio to do my graphic flowcharts, workflows, images and various charts, which I save as JPG or PDF and use in my PowerPoint presentations, reports, etc. Visio has gotten very expensive so while looking for a replacement I came across […]

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Early Land Grants in Maryland

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

I was recently asked to transcribe some land grants from Prince George’s county. The records covered a period from 1739 to the early 1800s and were related to properties in what was originally called Tom’s Creek One Hundred and later became the Emmitsburg area of Frederick County, Maryland. I was not that familiar with original land grants and thought that […]

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