From the Blogs, October 12

12 Oct 2012

Following is a summary of recent posts from genealogy blogs that I have found interesting and informative and wanted to share them with you.

Dick Eastman brings to light an issue that is becoming more and more common in some areas of the country. As new land is being converted to residential use, conflicts are arising. A Georgia attorney is suing the city of Sandy Springs. He wants to construct a mansion on top of the final resting place of a Civil War general and judge. You can read more and get a link to more details at Family Wishes to Build a Million-Dollar Home on a Cemetery.

Andrew Martin is a genealogist in Cambridgeshire, England, and writes the History Repeating blog. One of his recent posts is very interesting for those with ancestors in U.K. graveyards. In How To: Have Your Ancestor’s Headstone Cleaned and Stood Back Up he tells people how to deal with damaged gravestones.


History Repeating


Legal Genealogist Judy Russell tackles an interesting subject this week. How many states are there in the United States? If you said 46, you are correct. Technically, the U.S. is composed of 46 states and 4 commonwealths (and a number of other territories. My home state of Massachusetts is one of them, along with Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. What’s the difference between a commonwealth and a state? Judy explains all in The commonwealths.

Jennifer Shoer writes the Scrappy Genealogist blog. She deals with sharing ancestry, photos, and scrapbooks. She recently posted an interesting story helpful to all genealogists. She relates a visit she recently took to Hancock, Michigan, and the photographs she took. She then relates a crucial mistake she made by violating her cardinal Rule for Photographing Ancestral Places.

Janice Tracy writes a number of blogs, including Mississippi Memories. She recently re-posted a piece that illustrates the importance of knowing the history of the area in which you are researching. In The Pee Dee River Colony in SC  she discusses the group of individuals who settled Attala County, Mississippi, from the Pee Dee River area in South Carolina. The Pee Dee River area was the first foreign colony on U.S. soil. While your ancestors may not have come from this area, this story is a great example of what can be found by understanding history.