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History Remembered: the Jewish Pirates

Here is the story, as told to me by a very distant cousin, a Creek-Jewish family genealogist: “Four hundred years ago we had to leave Portugal. It was dangerous —the soldiers were right behind us, hunting us down. Our family owned ships, and we were all at the docks waiting to go on board, but […]

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History Unearthed: the Genealogy Army

Adele Cobb Kerrigan was in her eighties in 1953, when she completed her 100-page typed manuscript on the genealogy of the Bettis family.  It is an extraordinary document, an indispensable source for Bettis  history, the record of a lifetime’s dedication to the memory of her and my ancestors. It is also crammed with errors, some […]

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What You Can Learn from Old Documents

What can you say about a group of obscure backwoodsmen who left no letters, no diaries, and hardly any wills, who were not even important enough to be included in local county histories?  How can you make their lives and their world come to life? The ancient records of county courts, registries of deeds, and […]

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