What Does That Say?: A Family Tree Odyssey

On Sunday, February 4th, there was an episode of the show Victoria on PBS--Victoria being the show that fills the Downton Abbey and The Crown-filled holes in my need for British costume dramas--which dealt with the Irish Potato Famine. I watched it with extreme interest and a bit of trepidation. Since the show is about the … Continue reading What Does That Say?: A Family Tree Odyssey

How Death Records Can Help Your Family tree

I appointed myself the family historian a few years ago and I've been searching records online in hopes of building a decent family shrub, at least, if not a tree.A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned how actual historical records could potentially inspire a historical fiction. In that same post, I talked a little about … Continue reading How Death Records Can Help Your Family tree

Family Trees, Random Old Timey Records, and Historical Fiction

Last week, I came across a post on another blog, The Second Sentence, about how genealogy can help a historical fiction writer. I haven't been particularly inspired to write anything based on my own genealogy, but I know people who have.In reading ship manifests and censuses over the years, I've come across interesting things in … Continue reading Family Trees, Random Old Timey Records, and Historical Fiction