Saturday, March 28, 2015

Received at the Library

Catching up... with the last issue published under the title Family Chronicle (Jan./Feb. 2015).  "Music in the family" suggests ways to uncover the music enjoyed by your forebears.  Did you know that keyboard instruments were taxed to help finance the War of 1812 and the Civil War?  An article entitled "Historical Records Survey" recalls a 1930s WPA depression-era project that made accessible much information still used by genealogists today.  "A Primer on the Russian language and names" might prove very useful to those with Russian ancestors, providing tables of numerals, common names, months, genealogy words, and other research tips.  Was your ancestor a blacksmith? You'll want to read Claire Gebben's first-hand exploration of her German-born ancestor's profession. Other topics covered: finding pre-1866 African-American ancestors, family fortune myths, heirlooms, handling sensitive family stories (black sheep), and "Your DNA autobiography."

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