Sunday, February 16, 2014

Received at the Library

The NGS magazine for Oct.-Dec. 2013 is full of interesting articles, some of which are described below:

  • "The Catholic Church in the American Southwest" reminds us that the first US settlement was not Roanoke VA but Saint Augustine FL in 1565, and that New Spain once covered most of continental US west of the Mississippi.  The article discusses the role the Catholic Church in Spanish settlements, and its "excellent records" which benefit genealogists.
  • Cyndi Ingle, creator of, cautions us to lower our expectations when doing research in "'I've looked everywhere.' No, you haven't."  When you are realistic about what you actually know, more opportunities for discovery can arise.  She gives good tips for scaling those brick walls.
  • "Using Mitochondrial DNA for Genealogy" explains how MtDNA traces descent in the maternal line, and what the findings really mean.
  • "Estate Law and Family Complications" discusses grounds on which wills can be contested, and suggests questions to pose when examining probate records.
  • "Native Americans on the Trail of Tears" is part 2 of a description of the relocation of Native Americans in the 19th century and associated records, both for those who migrated and those who stayed behind.

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