Burned Counties

I was listening to a webinar today when the presenter mentioned the term Burned Counties several times. I wish she would have clarified this. I presumed that it was a term from the US but I asked Google for further clarification.


The Family Search Wiki provided me with an answer.

The phrase “burned counties” was first used for research in Virginia where many county records were destroyed in courthouse fires, or during the Civil War.[1] The strategies for researching places where a local courthouse or repository was wiped out by fire, tornado, war, flood, hurricane, earthquake, insects, rodents, mold, neglect, foxing, theft, tsunami, or cleaning-streak clerks are useful in similar situations all around the United States, Canada, and throughout the world.

(Source: https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Burned_Counties_Research)



Genealogy Overwhelm



A while ago Amy Johnson Crow blogged about How to Avoid Genealogy Overwhelm.

Amy described Genealogy Overwhelm : “So many ancestors; so little time. With the number of ancestors doubling with each generation, it doesn’t take too long for it to feel a bit much. Add to the mix all of the different types of things you want to find and the projects you want to complete and you have a recipe for genealogy overwhelm.”

Thanks to Amy for permission to use her description in the Geneadictionary.


Professional Genealogist, Kirsty Gray, once described her progress up the Genealadder in a blog post.

Kirsty said “I have been extremely lucky in my geneadventures this year – 2014 was certainly a good year and I have definitely put my feet a few more steps up on the genealadder. Alan Phillips of Unlock The Past Cruises (Gould Genealogy) invited me ‘Down Under’ on the Sydney cruise in February where I was lucky enough to work alongside Jill Ball, Pauleen Cass, Kerry Farmer, Shauna Hicks, Maria Northcote, Helen Smith and Sharn White, amongst many other professional and amateur genies. International ‘talent’ included Thomas MacEntee, Chris Paton and Jane Taubman – as well as me! – and it would appear that my sea legs are pretty solid, so I am cruising again in 2015″.

I note that in 2016 Kirsty climbed a few more rungs and, with several proposals for Rootstech 2017 accepted, she continues to move upwards.