My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

Please check out the labels on the right side for articles. The header tabs at the top are a work in progress.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Top Ten -- Hints

Use the same notebook for all your genealogy conference, seminar or lecture notes. (It is fun to go back several years and be reminded of what you were taught.)  Be sure to date it, and write the name of the lecture and speaker's name. Unfortunately, I didn't do that, otherwise, I would have given this person credit. The below 10 Hints were from my notebook.

As I find more hints, from my notes, I will add them to this list.

1. "Genealogy without sources is called junk."

2.  Spinsters can be married; it doesn't mean single, unmarried or an old maid. She is responsible for herself.* Please see Martin Hollick's message in the comments section below.

3.  The word, Consort, can be male or female, husband or wife. It is a companion or partner.

4.  About 25% of men left a will, and 60% had their estate probated.

5.  Newspapers are an excellent source for marriages, especially if a courthouse burned.

6.  A lot of widows remarried with one year.

7.  Wills can be in deed books.

8.  Many public records have wrong spelling.

9.  The settlement of an estate is the most valuable record, because of the names.

10.  Almost all the records in the United States were for men.

Tombstone Tuesday -- WILCOX (2 Generations) Genesee Co., New York

Wilcox Monument, with husband and wife listed on the sides.

Joseph Wilcox
Born:  February 28, 1798, Hamilton, New York
Died:  May 10, 1869, Oswego Co., New York
Joseph and his wife, Melissa are my 1st cousins, 5 times removed.

His wife, Melissa Abbott
Born:  September 07, 1802
Died:  December 07, 1853, Oswego Co., New York

Wilcox Monument and stones of children, Abbott and Eunice.

Joseph and Melissa Abbott Wilcox's son, Joseph Yates Wilcox below.
Joseph Yates Wilcox
Born:  November 11, 1832, Palermo, Oswego Co., New York
Died: March 07, 1902, New York

His wife, Grace Adams (my 2nd great-grandaunt)
Born:   May 23, 1832, New York
Died:  After 1900, New York
Palermo Cemetery, Palermo, Oswego Co., New York

(Photos taken by my cousin, Claire and used with permission.)