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February 5, 2018 By: Karen MacArthur Grizzard
Pushing the Boundaries!


When researching locations of your ancestors it is good to keep in mind that state, county, and city/township boundary lines changed over time. Too many times we get stuck in our research by assuming that the current location is the correct place to search. If records aren’t found in the current location, broaden your search to include surrounding states, counties, cities/townships, etc.

Boundary maps are a great resource to help pinpoint exact locations at any given time period. Depending on the map, you may glean valuable information regarding name changes of a location, personal property lines, buildings, waterways, railroads and land markers. Many documents will cite a water course or land marker as a description of a property.

A few types of maps that are useful to a researcher:

State Formation maps: Your ancestor may have lived in a few different states without ever moving.

County Formation maps: Same as above, just on a county level

County District maps: Districts changed over time and are most noticeable on Census records.

Sanborn Fire Insurance maps: Provides detailed information on buildings in an area. Want to find out where Great-Grandpa’s grocery store was located? Sanborn maps may provide an answer.

 Maps prove to be an invaluable tool to any researcher, and can add a more thorough picture of your overall research.

January 7, 2018 By: Karen MacArthur Grizzard
Frank McIntosh's Photo Album

I purchased this unique little photo album containing very small daguerreotype photos because, honestly, I just couldn’t pass it up. The photo album itself measures 3 1/2 inches by 3 inches, and the photos measure 1 inch by 1/2 inch. The album belonged to Frank A. McIntosh of 198 Congress Street, Detroit, Michigan, and is dated January 19th, 1890.



In doing a little genealogy sleuthing I discovered that Frank was the son of Charles and Catherine [McGregor] McIntosh. He was born January 10, 1868 in Canada. He served in the Spanish-American War from April 26, 1898 to November 28, 1898 with the 17th Co Signal Corps.

In the 1908 Detroit City Directory we find him listed in business with his brothers, Murray and Seymour at  McIntosh, Crane & Co Confectioners.

1908 City Directory McIntosh

I have been unable to find evident of a marriage. Frank died October 15, 1958 and is buried at Mt Olivet Cemetery in Detroit.

November 13, 2017 By: Karen MacArthur Grizzard
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April 1, 2017 By: Karen MacArthur Grizzard
Why You Should Join A Genealogy Society


With more and more resources becoming available online through major genealogy sites, it may seem a bit old-fashioned to join a local genealogy society. But there is great value in seeking out and joining societies that are relevant to your family research. Membership provides funding to organizations that are working to provide their own collections to the masses, whether it be physical copies or digitized for online consumption, there are valuable resources hidden away at local levels that need to see the light of day.

Genealogy societies provide valuable services, often at great expense of time and money, to help the novice and professional researcher alike. Programs, classes, research aids, volunteer look-ups, magazines, and special events are all key components to a local society. Sadly, many societies are suffering from a lack of volunteers, a lack of funding, and a lack of interest in keeping a physical presence in a community. With the ever-growing interest in genealogy research, genealogy societies should be increasing in popularity and support - not decreasing.

Ways You Can Help:

  • Join a society in your area.
  • Join societies that are relevant to your family history research.
  • Volunteer to transcribe records.
  • Volunteer to do local query look-ups.
  • Donate historical resources to societies.
  • Attend programs and special events.
  • Volunteer to be a geni-buddy and help someone else with their research.
  • Donate to a society when they provide free resources to you.
  • Become active and make history come alive for a new generation.