Gretna Greens

If you’re having trouble finding a marriage record for your ancestors, take note of a term called “Gretna Green,” which could help you expand your search and finally break through that brick wall. The term “Gretna Green” comes from the name of a town that was close to the border of England and Scotland. When…

Digital Discoveries – May

A new month means a new set of miscellany from around the web. See below for a great gardening resource, a podcast and an author profile. Gardening Guidance Spring is here and gardening is on my mind. That’s a first for me as this year is the first time I’ve had a place in which to…

Maps Galore

Every genealogist, at some point or another, will need to use a map. A recent Legacy Family Tree webinar covered some online map websites with land ownership maps. The sites are worth knowing; put them in your genealogy tool box for future reference: Library of Congress has a Map Collection which includes maps and atlases. Atlases often have histories of…

Pick of the Week: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Mohsin Hamid’s new novel is a poignant tale for these times. Exit West is a love story tinged with magical realism that offers a glimpse at the chaos and stress refugees endure trying to find a safe place to call home. Nadia and Saeed meet at an evening class in an unknown country that is…