Property records are full of genealogy information! Here's how understanding the baseline and meridian in land records can help in your genealogy research.Back in 1855 when the state of Utah was getting organized, the Salt Lake Meridian was established and it was from this very point that the entire state of Utah was surveyed. The stone post in this photo is essentially the center of Utah, and the baseline (or latitude) and meridian (longitude) is still surveyed from here. This was an accurate way to survey land, as opposed to the system used by the original thirteen colonies, that of metes and bounds. With metes and bounds, the description of your property would read, “…goes until this big rock, then west to the large maple tree, then north to the bend in the creek.” This system of property description met challenges when someone removed the rock or the tree died, or the creek changed its course.Today’s modern way of surveying began in Ohio just after the Revolutionary War, …Read more
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When exploring your genealogy, you may come across ordinary aspects of our ancestors day-to-day lives, yet these details can seem extraordinary to us.Genealogy is hot.In 2012, ABC News ran a headline that said, “Genealogy Becomes $1.6B Hobby.” One reason for this trend is that we seem to have an innate need to know what extraordinary things our ancestors accomplished - even those who may be considered ordinary on a large scale - and we learn that through genealogical research.Look at this 1841 U.K. Census, where Alfred and Anne Barker, both in their forties, lived together on Brick Kiln Lane in Coventry, Warwickshire, England. You can learn a lot from one census record. Alfred and Anne both worked as ribbon weavers and were raising five children:The word “do” means ditto. Ages above 15 were rounded down to the nearest 5.This family lived through and felt the massive impact of the dawn of the industrial revolution in England. In 1841, ribbon weaving …Read more
Celebrating pioneer heritage is more than just Mormon's trekking across The United States to settle in Utah. What pioneers are in your family history?Last week in Utah we celebrated our annual State Holiday – Pioneer Day. Though the celebration began in honor of the first Mormon pioneers who arrived in the Salt Lake Valley on 24 July 1847, it is now in honor of everyone (regardless of faith or nationality) who came to the Salt Lake Valley between 1847 and about 1869, when the transcontinental railroad arrived.Every year on Pioneer Day as I attend my local parade, visit the quilt fair, or walk through the Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum in my small town and look at the old black and white photographs, I'm reminded that most families have pioneers in their ancestry, regardless of whether they are from Utah or not.What is a Pioneer?The word “pioneer” means: a person who is among the first to explore or settle a new country or area. This applies to every city, town, and …Read more
Using local newspapers in your genealogy research can provide important glimpses into the lives of your ancestors. Here's how we used a small-town newspaper to uncover details about a client's ancestor not found anywhere else. Turn-of-the-century small-town newspapers are treasure troves of genealogical information. Offering so much more than just cold, hard facts, these small-town papers reported on the social lives of their citizens, retold the drama at city council meetings, or announced both the routine and the unusual events in the community. These newspaper articles not only confirm facts found in other primary source documents, they can add depth and character to genealogical research subjects.For instance, I was recently researching a family who lived in the community of Bristol, Pennsylvania, for over fifty years. Three generations of this family worked, lived and died in this town, a town first settled in 1681 on the shores of the Delaware River. The local newspaper …Read more