General

Online Tree Live

Just a note to say that I have uploaded a family tree that I will be adding to as I continue to blog. The idea is that once a week, I’ll blog about a family or a person and spend the rest of the week adding to the database, using sources and notes. Right now, I’m starting with the Game family post from a few days ago, because it connects to the Eliza Winstanley post I did last week. I’ll be adding skeleton individuals to link together the Mary Cannon articles, but I think I’m going to work with my English ancestors this month to make best use of the Find My Past special subscription package.

You can access the database in the Family Tree link above or this direct link:

http://family.dearisobel.org/onlinetree

General

Statement of Intent

I’ve been researching genealogy off and on since 2007. It began as a hobby to fill my time when I was between jobs, and I did a lot of extensive research that first six months. I began to hit brick walls in the online databases and have never been very good at figuring out what’s next or how to better organize my research.

I made a resolution for 2017 to organize my research — not necessarily to focus on making great strides forward but to understand what I already have and build from that. I need to better source my materials and consider all the materials I already have.

So that’s what I’m going to do with this blog. It is also a way to get me writing and thinking more critically as a historian, which is always super useful in professional field.

So the first thing I’m going to do is a series of posts of one of my most challenging set of ancestors: Mary Mahoney (1862 – ?) and her daughter, Kate Lidon (1886-1957).  They both married multiple times and had contradicting information listed in official documents, and their stories are very incomplete.  I’d like to explore the documents I have and also come up with a list to get more answers and investigate further.