Free genealogy searches

Most of you know I’m writing a mystery that concerns an old graveyard (no big surprise there) in Upstate New York. However, part of that mystery involves the main character researching old newspapers for clues. Enter this fabulous YouTube video on how to search old newspapers for free, particularly the New York State Historical Newspaper search engine.  Thought I’d share it with you, too.

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The Art of the Hand-carved Gravestone

If you ever wanted to know what it takes to hand carve a tombstone, here’s a video showing how Dave Wheelock of Sandwich, Massachusetts carves an 18th-century style gravestone.

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The daily news feed on the BTG Facebook


Those of you on Facebook, come check out the BTG page because that’s where I run all the news articles about successful cemetery renovations, scandals (sorry to say), or interesting discoveries. Some of the previous articles posted include:

Why not just list those here, you ask?

The answer’s simple. There are so many great articles that I’d end up  spamming your email boxes with excess posts. I don’t like when I’m on the receiving end of these things, and in fact, I just finished a massive ‘unsubscribe’ campaign earlier this week to a couple of particularly annoying websites.

In short, it ticks me off when I get spammed so why should I do it to you?

So right now, this site is for interesting photos, occasional commentary, and sharing the work of other cemetery/genealogy bloggers out there who I think are marvelous. And by using Facebook as the news article medium, you get the option of stopping to look or scrolling past if it doesn’t poke your fancy.

No spam.

Although I will secretly admit to eating a fried egg and spam sandwich now and then. But that’s all I’m saying.



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The dark side of genealogy

Today’s Saturday Sharing comes from the DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy blog.

DNA testing can be a great tool for finding lost relations and closing up those doggone nagging holes on the genealogical tree. However, just because one person is all gung ho about getting tested, doesn’t mean everyone else is. Sometimes, people aren’t going to want to share. And that’s ok. So when they say no, don’t push.

No DNA Bullying

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Deep sea diver carving


Now here’s a symbol you don’t see every day.

I discovered this old-fashioned diver’s carving after flipping through some of my archived photos and thought it would be fun to post. The headstone’s in Lakeview Cemetery up in Seattle, but unfortunately, I only zoomed in on the carving and not the name.

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Once Strange, always Strange


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March 18, 2015 · 05:30

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, a genealogy drinking game

In Which I Piss Off Pretty Much the Entire Genealogy Establishment.

Once again, sharing a great post from Clue Wagon about all the quirks and foibles within the genealogy world. Happy St. Patrick’s Day.


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