If you need help:
- Getting Started
- Census Research – especially if you think your ancestor was missed
- Brainstorming and Consultation
- Evaluating Conflicting Data
- Four Generation Family History
- Brick Walls
- Organizing Your Research
- Project Management
Ask for references and an estimate for your project.
In addition to numerous articles and books reviews, I have indexed several Berks Co., Pennsylvania sources, compiled an unpublished database of 60 years of Sullivan Co., Tennesee marriages and published a book about newspapers. A Bibliographic Checklist of African American Newspapers is out of print in hardback and nearly out of print in paperback. The Genealogical Publishing Company of Baltimore has some available as might Amazon and ABE Books. I have a couple of hardbacks still in the original shrink wrap.
My unpublished personal research:
- Balthaser Henritze and Dorothea (Rapp) Henritze of Reading, Pa.
- Jacob and Maggie (Gerber) Breitenstein of Louisville, Ky.
- The Descendants of Edward King and Elizabeth (Nichols) King.
- The Coogle Families of Hardin Co., Kentucky.
I have been doing genealogical research more than 25 years or all my life, it depends on how you look at it. When I got my first personal computer in 1985, I set up genealogical charts of my ancestors in WordStar. I still have all those charts, four generations at a time with not a lick of source information or proof. Things have changed, now I keep track of everything.
When I was four and five, I followed my grandparents around asking for stories when they were little. When I was eight or nine, one of my favorite books was Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott. I charted the family, the great aunts, brothers and cousins, and eagerly read, Rose in Bloom to see what happened and updated the chart. Several years later, I did the same thing with the Parrish and Jordan families in Janet Lambert’s series beginning with Star-Spangled Summer on through Here’s Marni. I liked the multiple connections. When I got my first quilt, I loved that it was made by my great grandmother, Flora Anna (Coogle) Armstrong and her mother Araminta (Sibert) Coogle. It was the impetus for baby quilts I made for the next generation in our family. My love for reading, quilts and research are intertwined.