Research and Resources

Jordan’s Journey Goes International! ✈️

Jordan's Journey Goes International! ✈️

After I published Jordan’s Journey, I always fantasized about doing a volume two sub-titled: The European Edition! It would be a fascinating way to dig deeper into my heritage before my ancestors came to America. While, unfortunately, I don’t think such a book will happen any time soon—for a variety of reasons I won’t get […]


All You Need Is Love

All You Need Is Love

I originally drafted this post for use on Valentine’s Day. But I’ve had my head buried in so many projects this year (beyond Jordan’s Journey) that the writing and research simply didn’t get done in time. Rather than wait until next year I thought I would go ahead and finish this off and post it […]


The Language of Genealogy

The Language of Genealogy

Learning about family history teaches you a lot about history in general. The obvious areas are things like the Civil War and even World War II. When you connect your family to the collective stories of history, suddenly those grand narratives seem a bit more personal. As a New Yorker I can’t help but wonder […]


Mad Dogs and Venomous Snakes: The Inconsequential Nature of Everyday Life

Mad Dogs and Venomous Snakes: The Inconsequential Nature of Everyday Life

Whenever I get the time, I love poring through old newspapers from Chattooga and Walker Counties, searching the bits of news for names of people in my family tree. The Summerville News and Walker County Messenger are littered with my ancestors far and wide. Most of the time when an ancestor is mentioned it seems […]


The Rambo Family Tree by Beverly Nelson Rambo

The Rambo Family Tree by Beverly Nelson Rambo

Genealogists spend hours of research digging through old books and wrinkled papers. There are so many sources out there, from library books, courthouse records, to the box of papers stuffed away in your aunt’s attic. Your range of research material can be as varied as the family tree is sprawling. Because of that it helps […]


Research and Process

Research and Process

Some of you may be interested in the research methods I used during the writing of Jordan’s Journey. There was no one approach that I used to write the book, bringing together many different ways of accessing information. If you are interested in specific topics, or have specific questions, please let me know so I […]