My Marthas

  • chart of my marthas Please, Meet My Marthas - If you've researched your family history for very long, you've likely faced the decision at around 1 a.m. to "just... keep... searching..." or to call it a night and go to bed. If we choose the latter, we occasionally dream restlessly of charts, documents, cemetery maps, new DNA matches, and excitement at finally receiving that… Read more...
  • My Marthas, part 2 - Which One Is Which? Welcome back! To explore Martha Hamilton, Martha Hamilton, and Martha Hamilton, it might be helpful to identify each Martha in a unique, consistent manner. For more information on each them however, we need to work from what we think we know about them. Marriages It seems reasonable to start by looking… Read more...
  • My Marthas, part 3 - The Joy of a Young Family I recall the first U.S. Census my husband and I completed as a "new" family; we'd been married six years and had a three year-old child. I'll admit, I daydreamed about my beloved descendants locating my young family in 72-years and celebrating the record and wealth of information provided… Read more...
  • My Marthas, part 4 - Whoa Hoss! As genealogy becomes increasingly popular, it's helpful to dispel a few myths which are still overheard too-often: Myth: All the records I need are online. Myth: It won't take me long to prove this. Myth: Genealogy is an affordable hobby. Myth: My family always spelled their name this way. Myth: I'm the only… Read more...
  • My Marthas, part 5 - With Appreciation for the Florida Department of Health A wise family historian once taught me: if you can only get one record, hope that it's a death certificate. Birth certificates, marriage licenses, and documents like wills are great, but death certificates can be amazing. In the United States, the variety of laws, regulations, guidelines, and… Read more...