At last–My Log-in Works…

Please overlook my disappearance from this blog. An up date on WordPress prevented me from logging in because my password was too weak–after many years. Kathryn Bassett, my webmaster and I, changed the password several times. Each time WordPress rejected the passwords until I had no idea what password worked and what didn’t. So I’m sorry for the gap.

First, I have been at work with Holly Hansen of Family History Expos, Inc. writing a new, 250-page Research Guide for American Migration Patterns. We have finished the book and the series of classes based on each chapter of the book. You can register for my live, online repeat of two chapters on Colonial Migrations at These chapters include TN, KY, VA, and the Southern Colonies. Advance handouts of these chapters will be available during the live presentations so you can follow along–well over 50 pages on the South and its environs.

Second, my daily study has included new research strategies and source materials galore! I routinely adapt successful strategies from business, politics, social networking to genealogy research and its challenges. I try them out on the client research I am involved in, then I codify them for use in my teaching and speaking and finally, writing to help you meet your research challenges. This approach has proven to be very fruitful, especially for hard-to-find ancestors or where the stated relationships in the records have gaps–causing gaps in your proof.

And now, there has been a change in the questions that lineage societies require when submitting proof first for ancestors and then for supplementals. Answering their questions requires a different approach to the sources. One quick example: seeking proofs in Quaker records has led to finding multiple versions of the same information–same members in the same congregations and the same localities.

Even monumental inscriptions and obituary details may differ enough from compiler to compiler and the actual time periods when each one was at work. Verifying the names, the dates, and the places can be well worth the effort for the additional proof that emerges.

Migration patterns are specific to each family or group of families. Within a general pattern of moving west and a little south can result in a particular variant per family. Why not tune in Friday morning 6 April 2018 and learn new patterns which can compensate for the record loss that is chronic in the Colonial South? Your favorite genealogist, back again, Arlene Eakle.

PS Go to to register. Oh, and take advantage of the free timeline download on that site. You can print it out and write on it or load it onto your device and type on it.





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