If Sherlock Holmes Were a Genealogist (Part 1)

By Barry J. Ewell

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

Genealogy: Strategies for conducting field research

10-17-2014 10-37-12 AMBy Barry J. Ewell

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

Genealogy: Prayer is the most important tool I have as a genealogist

Genealogy Prayer is the most important tool I have as a genealogistBy Barry J. Ewell

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

Journey of a Genealogist #4: Aunt Katie has the list

 

 

By Barry J. Ewell

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.

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Journey of a Genealogist #20: Thirty days in the land of my fathers – part 7, Search for the Mullins/Ewell Home in Goochland

 

 

By Barry J. Ewell

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

8 Tutorials for Proper Care and Maintenance of Artifacts

8 Tutorials for Proper Care and Maintenance of ArtifactsThe 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.

Search suggestions: Once you find the slideshow that you are seeking do one of the following:

  1. Scroll and page to the slideshow.
  2. Copy and place the slideshow title or portion of the title in the blog search field, click search and you will be directed to slideshow.
  3. Click on the listing and your will be taken to the slideshow.

A listing of the available slideshow in this series is as follows:

  1. Proper care #1: Proper care and maintenance of ceramics and glass
  2. Proper care #2: Proper care and maintenance of metal objects
  3. Proper care #3: Proper care and maintenance of furniture
  4. Proper care #4: Proper care and maintenance of home videotape
  5. Proper care #5: Proper care and maintenance of textiles
  6. Proper care #6: Proper care and maintenance of photographs
  7. Proper care #7: Proper care and maintenance of documents and art
  8. Proper care #8: Proper care and maintenance of books