Cultural Anthropology and Genealogy

Posted by on Feb 18, 2023 in Genealogy Education, Useful Tips | 0 comments

Cultural Anthropology Last semester I took a third course in anthropology. After taking courses in Archaeology and Biological Anthropology, the next for me to tackle was Cultural Anthropology. (Our local community college does not offer a course in the fourth area of anthropology, linguistic anthropology.) Due to the nature of the subject material, this class was the least rooted in hard science. Cultural Anthropology studies how a society organizes itself. This is done through its beliefs, and how people live, think, create and find...

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Interview with Mark Hildebrand about the Annapolis Past Port Wiki

Posted by on Feb 6, 2023 in Interview, Useful Tips | 0 comments

Recently we had a chance to speak with Mark Hildebrand, the Executive Director of Make Your Mark Media, Inc., in Annapolis, MD, to discuss a remarkable collaborative project that captures the memories and history of community members. In this interview you can learn about a creative and engaging approach to capturing history and how you can participate in this project. What is the Annapolis Past Port Wiki? Basically, Annapolis Past Port is a history wiki for stories and history in and around Annapolis, Maryland. It is free and...

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NOW AVAILABLE: Our New Research WWI Guide

Posted by on Jan 29, 2023 in Genealogy Education, Military research, Useful Tips, WWI | 0 comments

Our newest book is NOW AVAILABLE! Researching U.S. WWI Military Members, Military Organizations and Overseas Noncombatants: A Research Guide for Historians and Genealogists Have you been wanting to do research about the military and supporting organizations in World War I? With these 30 chapters, this book shows how you can learn about the service of a U.S. World War I military member, WWI military organizations and about noncombatants who went overseas. Based on feedback for the popular “Researching Your U.S. WWI...

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Book Review: “United States Army Depot Brigades in World War I”

Posted by on Dec 26, 2022 in Book Review, WWI | 0 comments

There are two groups of readers who should investigate this book: those with an interest in soldiers who stayed stateside during the Great War and those interested in soldiers who served overseas. All Army soldiers had been part of the system of Depot Brigades in the United States at some time in their military careers. Some soldiers might also have gained experience in the other stateside military organizations discussed in this book. The authors begin with a discussion about the National Army and the National Guard training sites,...

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U.S. Merchant Marine in WWI and SMS Wolf

Posted by on Oct 5, 2022 in Genealogy Education, Military research, WWI | 0 comments

During my lectures about WWI research, there is usually some with a question about researching members of the Merchant Marine. While I revised and expanded my book about researching WWI ancestors, I definitely wanted to include information about the U.S. Merchant Marine. It can be difficult to research the Merchant Marine in WWI, so I spent some time looking for both obvious and less obvious sources to learn about and understand their experiences. In this post, I will demonstrate the use of a less obvious source: contemporary accounts....

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Using WWI Morning Reports on Fold3

Posted by on Jul 27, 2022 in Genealogy Education, Military research, NARA, WWI | 0 comments

Those who have seen my lectures, read my books or visited my WWI Facebook pages know that Morning Reports have proven to be one of my favorite resources for researching an individual who served in the Army in WWI. The 1,748 reels of 35mm microfilm containing the Morning Reports for 1912-19 have been digitized and are now available on Fold3. There reports are created by a company or detachment and contain the important details of the daily status of in the life of an Army company: where and how they traveled; names of those who joined...

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Book Review: “History for Genealogists”

Posted by on Jul 19, 2022 in Book Review, Genealogy Education, Useful Tips | 0 comments

When I envision a commercial for this book, it would have to be a full infomercial rather than a short spot between segments of a favorite program. Timelines are well known tools for genealogy, and are my go-to tool for unraveling mysteries. This book contains historical timelines and so much more. Ms. Jacobson gives context to the timelines, which in turn add context to the genealogical research of individuals and families. Using history in our genealogy is that extra step to bring our research to a higher level by understanding...

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New Offering: Member Survey plus Class

Posted by on Jul 12, 2022 in Genealogy Education, Services, Speaking Engagements, Useful Tips | 0 comments

We offer a new service! Have you wanted to learn more about your society members current interests? We can help. When booking the presentation “Creating an Individualized Genealogical Educational Plan,” We can work with your society to help you learn more about your members’ current interests. Here’s what is included with the speaker’s fee: Work with your designated society member to create a customized survey Provide a link for society members to useProvide a brief report, with suggestions about how to...

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The Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland

Posted by on Jul 4, 2022 in Genealogy Education, Irish Research | 0 comments

100 years ago at the start of the Irish Civil War, a fire at the Public Record Office of Ireland (PROI) in the Four Courts complex destroyed the Record Treasury, a repository holding seven hundred years of records. Trinity University began the Beyond 2022 project to bring together historians and computer scientists to reconstruct the library in a virtual format. The project identified replacement documents then built a virtual archive using digitized images of the records that survived, duplicates of documents that survived in other...

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Biological Anthropology and Genealogy

Posted by on Jun 1, 2022 in DNA, Genealogy Education | 0 comments

This past semester I decide to follow the archaeology course by studying more about anthropology. I took a course about Biological Anthropology (also known as Physical Anthropology). As a reminder, there are four branches of Anthropology, with the other three being Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology and Linguistic Anthropology. (See my blog post about Archaeology and Genealogy.) Biological Anthropology is a course for gaining a deeper understanding of how humans came to be. It is also a course that provides a strong foundation for...

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