Author Archives: Libbi

About Libbi

Writer for 30 years. Genealogy a hobby for about 40 years. Yes, I'm in my 50's, I learned about genealogy at my mother's knee!

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Big Thanks to for coming up with this idea! If you ever wake up one morning and say to yourself, ‘Self, I want to learn more about genealogy today’, then  head over to There you will find a … Continue reading

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Cryptic note

This is about my Powells. And about documentation. In my mother’s Powell file, which has documents from my Powell grandparents, I found a photocopy document entitled Family History. No date, no author, no idea where the original resides. But this … Continue reading

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After Commando Course 1943

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Boxes and Boxes!

This past weekend I brought home all my late mother’s files, notes, pictures and books on genealogy. I am sorting, scanning and winnowing this treasure trove. Can one feel daunted and excited at the same time? Already, I have come … Continue reading

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Family Stories

Several family stories from both sides of my family give personality and life to ancestors. For example, at the funeral of my Aunt Isabel  (my mother’s sister) recently, my first cousin once removed, Isabel’s granddaughter, said Isabel told this story: … Continue reading

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Wending My Way to Paperless-ness

So, the latest edition of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter  (if you don’t subscribe already, you should!) had a small article about going paperless. I remember, way back in the 80s, (yes children, I got my first computer in 1982!) that we all … Continue reading

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Support Cyndi’s List

Cyndi’s List ( has been fighting an  intellectual property. This site is always the first one I mention in my popular talk, “Five Favorite Free Genealogy Sites” (which, by the way, I am presenting in Foley, AL this Saturday). Cyndi … Continue reading

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Down the Rabbit Hole without a Watch

World Cat: Where you can look in thousands of library catalogs! Went down the genealogy rabbit hole today. Spent some time looking for info on Edgefield Co SC 1802-1830, and Sumter County AL 1830-1850. Using WORLDCAT, I found a few … Continue reading

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Genealogy at a Glance Guide: Cherokee Genealogy Research

I received a (free) review copy of   Cherokee Genealogy Research (Genealogy at a Glance) the other day and was excited. Myra Vanderpool Gormley, CG, of course is a recognized Certified Genealogist. She is the author of this handy, four page, … Continue reading

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