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The Genealogy Roadshow from Houston, broadcast on May 31st, presented six fascinating family histories demonstrating many research techniques used by professional genealogists as well as the wide range of resources used to document Texas and US ancestors from the nineteenth century. In one story, Roadshow genealogist Mary Tedesco uses clues from Civil War Pension files to find Bounty Land Records from the Republic of Texas and Land Donation Records from the State of Texas confirming that a woman’s 4th great grandfather did fight at the Battle of San Jacinto. Other stories used the Dawes Commission records to investigate Cherokee ancestors, muster roles and prison records to update a family story about a Civil War ancestor who may have escaped from the Andersonville Prison, the Slave Schedules from the 1850 and 1860 censuses and Pension Records to learn more about African American ancestors in the Civil War, and even Texas State historical markers and their associated files in the Texas Historical Commission to uncover details about early Texas ancestors.
The full video of the Houston show can found at http://www.pbs.org/genealogy-roadshow/season-three/houston/ until July 2. Videos of earlier Genealogy Roadshow broadcasts and more detailed information about the techniques and sources used by the Roadshow genealogists are at http://www.pbs.org/genealogy-roadshow/
A couple of years ago, Caroline Marshall Pointer (4YourFamilyStory.com) spoke to HGF about Find A Grave. That website was not new to me! I’d used it many, many times and I thought I was using it to my full benefit. But I was wrong. She encouraged us to just look at the virtual cemeteries. Through those virtual cemeteries, I’ve made connections. I also look at who created a memorial and who posted a photo and have contacted some of those folks. The result: I’ve met distant cousins, sometimes 5 times removed, willing to share photos I would have never seen and stories I would have never known. Thank you Caroline! There’s always something more to learn.
You just might want to read Caroline’s blog to get more research ideas.
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