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Published: 12 March 2012
By Shirley Gage Hodges Biography & Archived Articles
Several people have asked about the types of things that you can find in journals. I have been able to find a lot of things that I could incorporate into our family's histories by reading journals that have been written by family members.
As an example, I would like to show you how we can learn about someone from reading their day journals.
It happens that Alice Susannah Ongley is a second cousin, once removed of my husband. She married a gentleman named John Morgan. After their marriage she wrote in her day book.
In a later entry Alice writes
In her day book dated 1905 Alice Morgan wrote:
If you are lucky enough to find a journal make sure that you are going through it page by page looking for those wonderful clues.
Until next time :)
Shirley Hodges firstname.lastname@example.org
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Editor's Note: Shirley Hodges is the author of the popular Guide to United States Census, 1790-1930:
BOOK - Guide to United States Census, 1790-1930
By Shirley Gage Hodges
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton
Guide to the United States Census, 1790-1930 explains what the United States census records are, what information they contain and how to use each census. Each individual year of the Federal Census between 1790 and 1930 (census were compiled every 10 years) is explained in detail. This guide is designed to help the census novice and intermediate researcher come to grips with this valuable genealogical research tool. Experts will also find this guide useful.
ISBN 978-1-897446-01-0 More information
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