Nothing is worse than the crushing blow of dashed expectations, especially when it comes to ancestral research. I had high hopes that a recent visit to Charleston, S.C., would turn up something — a gravestone, a house, a place of business — related to my fourth great grandfather, Philip Benjamin (1779-1852). My spirits rose further […]
Separating fact from folklore
Growing up I never knew whether to believe the stories grown-ups told about my near and distant relatives. The stories seemed too fantastic to be true. This website is dedicated to separating fact from fiction. But the truth, I've found, can be equally hard to believe.
One thing that’s often lost in genealogy research is why families move. It’s relatively easy to find a family’s change of address using the Census or City Directories. And you may even find, using Google maps, that the houses where your family lived are still standing. What you can rarely figure out, unless it has […]
It’s been pretty well established that an early visit to Kit Tut’s tomb wasn’t good for your health. A long list of famous people were presumably laid low by a curse for disturbing the pharaoh’s 3,000-year repose. Maybe it’s time to add the name of William Boyce Thompson to the list. According to a letter […]
It’s getting easier to figure out where a relative who died in the last 150 years is buried. The larger cemeteries often publish lists of who was interred there. They may even include a map to help you find the grave. Sometimes, if you are really lucky, a volunteer has taken a picture of the […]
Starting with me, this website goes back in every direction, exploring every curve along the way, then doubling back in different directions. I wish my parents were around to see what I've discovered.
“If you go to New Orleans to investigate the roots of Judah P. Benjamin, you may wind up disappointed.”
“Hatevil Nutter was by no means alone in his hatred of Quakers.”