Posted in Genealogy 101

TSLA and DocsBox

I love finding programs that bring history to life and the Tennessee State Library and Archives has just the thing to help.  The TSLA has a new program called DocsBox.  There are several boxes ranging from the Civil War to Vietnam.  All the boxes include specialized lesson plans focused on the specific topic from a Tennessee perspective!  Not only are teachers given a lesson plan, but also unique items to really bring history to life.

You can find the details of the boxes, and how to reserve a box for your classroom by clicking the link below.  I know if I was still in school, I would have loved these boxes!

Tennessee State Library and Archives DocsBox

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This week, I received an invitation to my high school reunion.  I’ll refrain to say how many years it’s been…I have to leave something to the imagination!  Anyways, it made me all nostalgic and I found myself looking at my old yearbooks.  As I was looking through them, I realized that yearbooks are full of genealogical information!  A yearbook gives you a real glimpse into how someone spent their youth.  It tells you what school they went to (which essentially tells you what area they lived in), what their interests were, and even who their friends were.

I’m fortunate enough to have access to my mother’s yearbooks.  I can see who signed her yearbook and get a full picture of what her high school days were like.  Even if you don’t have access to the actual yearbook, you are still in luck.  Did you know that has quite the yearbook collection?  There are two ways to see if your ancestor (or relative) has their yearbook online. You can search their name and information in the “all collections” search on the main page.  That should pull up any yearbook information.  Another option is to go to the card catalog.  Once there, on the left hand side, you should see the option “Schools, Directories, and Church Histories” click there.  Next you should see the option “School Lists and Yearbooks”.  After clicking this option, all of the yearbooks and Ancestry will be shown.  This includes yearbooks from around the world.  You can further filter the results by selecting the country, state, county, etc.


Posted in The Want Ads

I’m Gonna Put It In the Want Ads

This week I’m introducing a new section to the site called “The Want Ads”.

We’ve all heard the stories of how someone posted a picture of a lost wedding ring in Florida and through the power of social media it made its way back to its original owner in Washington state.  You’ve also probably heard the great sites like Random Acts of Genealogy Kindness.  Well…I’m going to harness the powers of these great programs here on my site!

“The Want Ads” is going to be a section where I post pictures, questions, requests for help, and other items and hopefully we can help each other!  Do you have an old picture and just can’t figure out who is in it?  Do you need a document from an archive that is just a little too far for you to get to?  Are you stuck on a research problem and would love some advice from other researchers? My dream is that we can all help each other, because you know you’re looking for help too!

If you have something you would like to submit, please send it to

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Back To School

It’s that time of year again when everybody is getting ready to head back to school.  I was that kid who loved school.  I’ve always loved to learn, especially when it something that makes my world a little bit bigger.

I am a big fan of teachers who use genealogy to not only teach students, but to give students ownership in the world’s history.  I stumbled upon the article below and immediately became a huge fan of the project.


The project, called My Adopted Soldier, was created by teacher, Gerry Moore. Originally this project focused on Irish in World War I.  It paired selected students (what would be Juniors here in the states) with a Irish soldier who was from their respective county and who died during the war.  Talk about taking ownership in history!  Now the project is starting again, but this time focusing on Irish who came to American and fought (and died) in the American Civil War.  Not only will this give students a connection to where they live, but it will also broaden their world and give them a connection here in the states.  The great big world that they live in just became a little bit easier to grasp.  How cool is that?!

If you want more information about this project, the link is below.  Also, if you know of any projects going on like this in your area, I’d love to hear about them!  Shoot an email to  I would love to feature these types of projects in future Geneabits posts!

My Adopted Soldier