Category: Smith

Seemingly disconnected artifacts

Using random keepsakes What to do with a pile of seemingly disconnected artifacts You've dusted the keepsake box. You've brought it downstairs and emptied its contents. You've carefully spread them in front of you, and, well, you begin to feel helpless. You have a hunch this one may will take some effort. "File 13" never ...

What’s in your attic?

RECORDING FAMILY HISTORY USING HEIRLOOMS AND OTHER COLLECTIBLES You are in the right place if you have a large collection of heirlooms, and if you look at it periodically and walk away, frustrated, and if you’re tired of the piles of unorganized documentation, and if you want to record your history for your kids but ...

Unsolved mysteries

One of our most frustrating genealogical mysteries is the identity of this woman. If possible, click on the photos to see a larger view. I first thought these are photos of the same person, and I'll get to that soon. My confusion stems from the fact that these very similar-looking women are identified differently or ...

Hard-to-find information

A cousin recently sent me an obit for the sister of my great, great grandfather. The sister's name was Ida Smith Seeber; her brother, my direct ancestor, was Alfred Josiah "Si" Smith. This is exactly the type of documentation I am looking for, the type I want to share here. Here's why. Si was the ...

Why “The Malevolent Matriarch?”

GREAT GRANDMA'S TONGUE WAS AS SHARP AS HER PENCIL. Afraid of no one, she let loose in hundreds of letters to daughter Bertha, sometimes twice a day. Her stern "disposition" intimidates (yet I adore that photo on the right. Notice her posture, her confidence. The hat and coat add to the "don't mess with me" ...