Research Journal Worksheets
Research Journal Worksheets
I created Research Journal Worksheets for you to record and organize your family research. The worksheets are designed to help you keep a handy log of your research experiences whether you are on the internet, traveling to a historical society, archives, or any place your research leads you. These custom genealogy worksheets have clean designs and easy-to-read fonts, with lots of space to record genealogy data such as names, dates, vital records, military records, cemetery records, courthouse records, immigration, census information, citations, and more.
This is the perfect tool for the family historian or novice researcher to record their research in one convenient location. With 101 pages this large 11 by 8.5 inch journal has easy-to-read forms designed to help you stay focused on one family tree at a time. It has clues that suggest what to look for in both common and historical documents. Take the research journal with you to the courthouse and record your finds right on the worksheets. Share it at your family reunions or family gatherings, or pass your research to the next generation! The worksheets will assist you in recording and organizing the information that you find and there is plenty of space to record your own personal notes. No more lost or out-of-order pages or important information lost.
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If there is only one plantation tour you plan to take along the scenic River Road inside of St. John the Baptist Parish, 35 miles outside the boundaries of New Orleans, I hope you visit the 266-year-old Whitney Plantation. A perfect day trip, Whitney is located approximately an hour north of New Orleans near Wallace, Louisiana.
A town that contains less than 700 residents, many of Wallace’s population are the descendants of those that slaved on the grounds of The Whitney Planation. Worth every minute of travel, originally known as the “Habitation Haydel,” its compelling history leaves most guests mesmerized. The German immigrant Haydel family and the slaves are closely connected. One notable descendant is Sybil Haydel Morial, the wife and mother of Ernest “Dutch” and Marc Morial. Both are former mayors of New Orleans, “Dutch” being the first African-American mayor of the city (1978-1986). Our guide was a former guest that became so embraced with the history, she returned to retell the history of this planation to visitors.
During the 90-minute tour, which begins with a moving video inside of the wonderfully restored Antioch Baptist Church, you are guided through the grounds which contains many memorials of the past residents. The Field of Angels is devoted to the 2200 slave children. The likeness of the statues, or as I call them – “slave angels,” in the church are fascinating and eerily life like. Unlike the other plantations that line River Road, the heartbreaking narrative of this tour is told thru the eyes of those enslaved, most notably, the children. Its first-person slave narratives give visitors insight on the daily life of those enslaved. You are also allowed into the 220-plus-year-old “Big House” and the detached kitchen (a wood structured building that is located behind the main house) where meals were prepared for its occupants and visitors. As you walk this plantation, you marvel the beautiful grounds, but then reality hits as you read the memorials to those that lived here.
Kudos to Louisiana Lawyer and former civil rights activist (he was instrumental in the desegregation of Audubon Park’s swimming pool in New Orleans), John Cummings for transforming this sugar plantation to its former glory so that current and future generations will learn about the evils of slavery. Its doors opened for public view on December 7, 2014 and Mr. Cummings has not looked back. I had the wonderful opportunity to meet him during my visit. I hear he is a frequent visitor and happy to take photos. Many, both tourist and nearby residents, have taken this fascinating and incredible journey. There have been articles written in various publications and television stations have featured Whitney. Make sure you arrive early or plan to stay a bit after the tour. There is a “must-visit” gift shop with great reading material. Note that there are no self-guided tours at Whitney.
All eyes are on the Whitney Plantation to adequately portray this unfortunate segment of our nation’s history. Definitely, I am not the same person I was before I walked the grounds in the footsteps of those that labored heavily on this lucrative sugar plantation. We cannot change this injustice in history, but we can work together to change the injustice in today’s society. ~Leslie Everage
You have millions of records to search that are not in the search engine. Here are some clever tricks to view them.
It’s an often overlooked fact that a vast amount of FamilySearch’s collections cannot be found via the search on their site. Millions of free family history records are waiting to be discovered but have not yet been indexed and are, therefore, some what hard to find. These records are invaluable tools for genealogists and cover a wide range of locales and time periods so we thought we’d offer a quick rundown on how to access them.
But first a note about searching collections individually.
One of the most commonly overlooked tactics for successfully locating ancestors in online databases is to search collections individually. It’s natural to want to check a site’s entire database with one quick search–and many places do make this incredibly easy and quite accurate–but the truth is, no search function is perfect. Especially when looking for an ancestor with a common name, searching all resources at one time may mean some results are never returned or that certain results get over looked. It happens all of the time.
So, whether you’re searching through records on FamilySearch or another large site, we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the additional details you can uncover by searching collections individually. It might take some digging to find the section you need to complete the needed search, but it will likely be well worth your time.
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Here is the list of the 10 most searched free online databases.
FamilySearch.org, a free top genealogy website, has published billions of free searchable historic records online, helping feed the growing frenzy of online family history enthusiasts. If doing your family history is on your list of 2015 new years resolutions, FamilySearch has announced its top 10 most searched online collections in 2014 by the millions of consumers determined to find their elusive ancestors or to fill in missing pieces of their family history puzzles.
Was great-grandma really an attraction in a Wild West show? Did Uncle Joe really fly the coop and move to Brazil for 10 years? Or where did I inherit certain physical traits?