The pieces here are quick takes on something I’ve come across that’s caught my interest.  They’re sometimes about items I’ve written about or posted on Instagram, and wanted to say just a little more about.  Still, these are research shorts.  I hope you like the format.

What’s Missing

If you spend any time at all in archives of early American material, you will stumble over genealogies. Lots of ways and types of producing

The Watermans in Your Pocket.

“Hannah Waterman Her Book and Hand wrote at Warwick January 14 AD 1770” is a family record book, just 16 pages, comprised of folded and

Benjamin Franklin, Genealogist.

It’s a good day to note that Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography, the famous progenitor of the self-made man, the independent, meritorious American (okay we know that’s

Virginia’s Inheritances

This past week the Washington Post published a terrific piece of investigative reporting by Julia Weil on the Coles family and what they inherited in

Family Connection

Nov 16, 2022 Genealogy
Genealogy is not just an activity that people are doing now; obviously genealogical work has a history or I wouldn’t be writing a book about

The Forger’s Family Records

Nov 4, 2022 Uncategorized
With the Netflix documentary, Murder Among the Mormons, putting forger Mark Hofmann back in the news, I’m reminded of an early American connection between family

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