The Fourth Generation is Where the Link Breaks in Passing Down Family History

Downing Family Cemetery

I wrote this post nearly four years ago. As I reread it I thought it’s just as true today as it was when I wrote it. In fact this post has given me a little extra motivational push as I start a new year of family research. After you read it let me know what you think!


I read Marian’s Roots and Rambles blog post regarding the Marisa Tomei episode of Who Do You Think You Are, a couple of weeks ago. An observation Marian made has stayed with me in these succeeding days.

In her blog post Marian concludes, “ . . . the fourth generation is where the link breaks in families.”  She goes on to say, “It may be that events such as immigration or early death are really the factors behind these breaks. But none the less by the fourth generation family history information is either lost, forgotten or morphed into something erroneous.” [Read more…]

Here’s to a year of family history research, tearing down some brick walls and a cool new website!

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Happy New Year Genealogy friends!

Did you enjoy the holidays as they whisked in and out of our lives? I sure did! That along with lots of other things going on in my life put me off the grid for awhile but it’s all been good stuff!

The big thing – I changed jobs! With training, new hours and working different days of the week, my family research and blogging had been put on hold. But I think I’ve got a handle on things now and life has returned to a somewhat regular routine. So here I am – back to blogging and getting back into research. Hurray!!

In addition, as you know since you’re here, I’ve been working on this new site. I wanted to update Genealogy Circle and I’m happy with the way it’s shaping up. Oh, they’ll be more tweaks along the way but I’m liking the new look! What do you think?

Eventually I’ll take down and point that address here. Even though I’ll leave up for awhile anything new will be posted here.

So here’s to a new year of family history research, tearing down some brick walls and a cool new website!!

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Today’s Civil War Quick Tip: Read the Regimental History

I’ll bet one of the first bits of information you found about your Civil War ancestor is the regiment he served with. Take the time to read the history of your ancestor’s regiment. Make a special point of focusing on the regiment’s actions during his enlistment time. You can find a regimental history in the library, or check the numerous online regimental histories available.

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By reading about the regiment’s actions you’ll learn a lot about your ancestors life during his military service. Not only will you become more familiar with your ancestor’s Civil War experience, battles fought, etc., you’ll have a much better sense of what resources you’ll want to pursue as you continue your research.

One place to look for a regimental history is at the Civil War Archive. Their list of histories are linked to Google books where you’ll be able to download the history in a .pdf format to your computer. This will make it easy to read and refer back to.

The National Parks Service has a regimental search page too at







If you’re interested in focusing your research on your Civil War ancestor check out Ancestors In A Nation Divided – available in Kindle and also in paperback. Great help as you seek your veteran’s place in our country’s history.