I have always been a fan of detective stories. My father was a detective for the Las Vegas police department during the 1960s. In his later years, I enjoyed listening to his stories of how he was able to crack the case after careful research and analysis.
As I read and listened to the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Conan Doyle, I noticed that Sherlock used the same strategies as my father.
I thought it would be fun to create a personal research project where I would use Sherlock Holmes as model. What would Sherlock Holmes do if he were a genealogist? My intent was to see if I could uncover and understand the principles and then apply them to my own genealogy research practices. The results of my project dramatically changed my approach to genealogy research. I’d like to share with you what I found. Continue reading →
Each day of your trip is full of research, excursions, meeting new people, taking pictures, reflecting upon your family, and unexpected happenings. Take time at the end or beginning of each day to write in your travel journal. Upon your return home, you will find that your journal will be one of the most important assets you have in furthering research and documenting the value of your trip. After just a week on the road, one day blends into the next.
I tend to write events in my travel journal in a chronological format (what happened first, second, third). For example, after I entered a library I will write details about the following aspects of my experience there: Continue reading →
I have thought a lot about the topic of prayer and genealogy and just how to approach the concept without offending or preaching. Prayer is the most important tool I have as a genealogist. I remember one of my very first experiences as a genealogist, where I had chosen to work on one family line with very little success. I felt the need to include prayer but didn’t. As time went on, I became more and more frustrated. Continue reading →
Presenter: Barry J. Ewell Presentation: Barry J. Ewell shares a personal and inspiring research experience he had learning about the Martin/Willy Handcart Company and Hunt Wagon Train during his journey as a genealogist shortly after the death of his mother.
Episode 4, entitled It’s Time to Start Your Genealogy Research of the Series Journey of Genealogist where Barry J. Ewell shares a few of his personal experiences as a genealogists.
Following the passing of my step-father, Mel Wagner, I desired to learn more about his family and linage. It took six months to locate a daughter from a previous marriage. She shared with me that she had hear that an “Aunt Katie” somewhere in Kansas had record of the family but she wasn’t sure how to locate her.
Episode 20, entitled Thirty days in the land of my fathers – part 7, Search for the Mullins/Ewell Home in Goochland, Barry J. Ewell shares a few of his personal experiences as a genealogist.
The next morning after I had picked up my wife and others from the Dulles Airport, we rose to begin our search the original lands owned by ancestors in the 1700’s in Goochland County. From my research in Salt Lake City and Goochland County, I knew where the families of Maxey Ewell and John Mullins had lived and the name of the town. The town did not exist on any map and we were not having any luck finding our direction. We had stopped a couple times to get directions but to no avail. Continue reading →
The Proper Care and Maintenance of Artifacts for the Genealogist series is provided as a sampling the resources you will find on MyGenShare.com. The series will provide you direction, tips and tricks on how to caring for your family history.
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