Monday, November 11, 2013

Veteran's Day 2013

Until my father, my family, at least my direct line, has been pretty thin on veterans since 1865. Below is a photo of my Grandaddy Patterson. He turned 18 on D-Day. His WWII service took him to the exoctic local of New Jersey.
My other grandfather, who is technically my mother's step-father but the only grandfather I remember, also turned 18 on D-Day. I don't think he even made it out of the state during WWII although he was in the Army for a short time. I always envied people who had stories of their grandfathers' WWII service.

My father was a career Air Force officer and served in Vietnam and the Persian Gulf. He retired after 20 odd years of service. Recounting his service would take more of a book than a blog post.

My husband's family is a different story. His Papa Mark (photo below) served in the Navy during WWII on the USS Haas and USS Hilary P. Jones. He had some adventures and clearly enjoyed himself. I loved listening to his stories of his service every Christmas.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Not Quite Dead Yet

This blog isn't quite dead yet, not exactly. My more general musings and 'newsie' items are now being posted on my professional blog, J.P. Dondero Genealogy Blog. I'd like to get back to having time to post about my personal research but I spend most of my time working on other people's genealogy. If I do find some free time, personal research posts (including very geographic specific posts) will appear on this blog. Items with a larger audience appeal will be on

Monday, July 25, 2011

Forensic Genealogy?

If you've heard the term "forensic genealogy" tossed around and wondered if "CSI" and "Who Do You Think You Are?" were launching a joint show, check out this article from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Need to Buy a Scanner?

When I was coordinating the Technology Special Interest Group for my local genealogy society I'd often get the question, "What scanner should I buy?"  That's always a tough question to answer but here's a new article to help you out.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Georgia Archives New Hours

While on my recent trip to the Georgia Archives they finally announced their new hours.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Digital Atlas of Historical County Boundaries

Earlier this month Dick Eastman wrote an article about the Newberry Library's completion of the Digital Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. You can read that article here. One of the options offered to users of the Digital Atlas is downloading KMZ files for use with Google Earth.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Filing Friday

This week I've shared several items from my recent trip to Georgia. I always get questions, and even often lecture, on 'digital genealogy.' This recent trip has created a slew of digitized records but of all different types. Because of this I have once again updated by filing system ON MY LAPTOP. If you're new to digital genealogy and don't quite know how to handle all the digital files you're creating,