Come hear me speak at the Navarre Library January 31!

Using genealogy, history and online resources, Elizabeth Crowe will paint a lively picture of Colonel Guy Wyman, the founder of Navarre, at 5:30 p.m. January 31, 2012, at the library. It’s a story of murder, mayhem, madness and many wives. There’s never a dull moment in the story of Wyman and his family.


Libbi Crowe, a Navarre resident, is the author of Genealogy Online, now in its 9th printing. Crowe’s father really was a rocket scientist and she has been involved with computers since the early days. Her family got involved in genealogy after discovering an old Bible with family records going back to 1812.


The program is part of the free Lore, Legends and Learning series at the Library sponsored by the Friends of the Navarre Library. The program is held on the last Tuesday of each month, presenting a variety of topics to the public. Reservations are not required..


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Soundtrack of my life, sort of.

Played this list while at a friend’s house, and she really liked the mix:





Rhino Hi-Five: Gordon Lightfoot – EP

Gordon Lightfoot


Best Of James Taylor

James Taylor


Grey’s Anatomy: The Music Event

Grey’s Anatomy Cast

Calling All Angels

My Private Nation


Carefree Highway

Rhino Hi-Five: Gordon Lightfoot – EP

Gordon Lightfoot

Chasing Cars

Eyes Open (Deluxe Edition)

Snow Patrol

Crazy Love


Van Morrison

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Best of Bobby McFerrin

Bobby McFerrin


Grey’s Anatomy: The Music Event

Grey’s Anatomy Cast



Brian Sutton

Hey There Delilah

Hey There Delilah – Single

Plain White T’s

How to Save a Life

Grey’s Anatomy: The Music Event

Grey’s Anatomy Cast

How We Operate

Grey’s Anatomy: The Music Event

Grey’s Anatomy Cast

I’ll Be 

Rhino Hi-Five: Edwin McCain

Edwin McCain

I’m Yours

We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things

Jason Mraz

If You Could Read My Mind

Rhino Hi-Five: Gordon Lightfoot – EP

Gordon Lightfoot

Kathleen (Live)

iTunes Live from Soho

David Gray

Mad World

Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets

Gary Jules with Michael Andrews


Best Of James Taylor

James Taylor

More Than a Feeling



Rain Day

The Rumba Foundation

Jesse Cook

The Reason

The Reason


The Riddle (Album Version)

Two Lights

Five For Fighting

Run Back to Your Side

Run Back to Your Side – Single

Eric Clapton

Runnin’ On Sunshine

Grey’s Anatomy: The Music Event

Grey’s Anatomy Cast

She’s On Fire

Drops of Jupiter


She Will Be Loved

Songs About Jane

Various Artist

Southern Cross

Crosby, Stills & Nash: Greatest Hits

Crosby, Stills & Nash

Southern Cross

Buffett Live – Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays

Jimmy Buffett

Spill the Wine

The Best of Eric Burdon & War

Eric Burdon & War

The Story

Grey’s Anatomy: The Music Event

Grey’s Anatomy Cast


Rhino Hi-Five: Gordon Lightfoot – EP

Gordon Lightfoot

Superman (It’s Not Easy)

America Town

Five for Fighting

Universe & U

Grey’s Anatomy: The Music Event

Grey’s Anatomy Cast


Grey’s Anatomy: The Music Event

Grey’s Anatomy Cast

Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

Rhino Hi-Five: Gordon Lightfoot – EP

Gordon Lightfoot

Year of the Cat

Al Stewart: Greatest Hits

Al Stewart




You’re Beautiful

Back to Bedlam

James Blunt

 In a way it is a soundtrack of my life from grade school to now….so if anyone writes a novel about me and wants to listen to the music of my life, this is a good start. 


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My Christmas Card This Year

Crowe Family Christmas Card

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all! I have decided to do only email newsletters/holiday cards this year. Less waste of gasoline and paper!

2011 brought some pretty wonderful things. Marianne and Ryan were married in Key West in February, my brother Bill and his wife Kathie (and Springer Ria!) came to see us in June and Matthew passed his prelims for his Ph. D. in September. We went boating a lot and camped out on the lovely coastline where we live. From Destin to Pirate’s Cove in Baldwin County, we had a blast on Crowe’s Nest this year.

We hope all of you are well and happy, and will come to see us in the new year!

Below: Matthew, Libbi, Mark, Marianne in Key West!


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West Florida Genealogical Society, Inc. (WFGS)

The West Florida Genealogical Society was kind enough to ask me to speak last Saturday at their regular December meeting. I had a blast!My topic was What’s New in Online Genealogy.  I talked about blogs, and Twitter and social networks like Google+ and more!
For example, I pointed out that   Twitter is where you will find people discussing news and techniques about genealogy. Several sites such as have regular Twitter sessions where you can pepper professional genealogists with questions using the @ and handle, and receive directed replies.

Another topic was social networking.  Google+ has less traffic and less garbage about Fill-In-The-Blank Awareness and Appreciate Your Dog Week than Facebook. Although Google+ works much like Facebook, the way you sort the postings is called “circles” and works much better at filtering the stream of the social network. So I advised one questioner to try that, as he had found Facebook left him cold.

Another questioner asked me about finding African American genealogy in one little town in Louisiana. I showed her quickly how to search Google in my iPhone and there it was, a site about the history of the place where her grandparents had lived!
I also found some folks that had Kentucky genealogy, and had a good time swapping facts with them.

During my talk, promised the group that I would get back to blogging myself. 2011 has been such a busy year, that I have not posted much. My new year’s resolution is to fix that. So this is an early attempt to keep that promise!

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Brown Bag Talk Sept 21

I’ve been invited to speak on genealogy by the Friends of the Navarre Library on the 21st. My friends on the friends’ board suggested some local genealogy and history as the topic. So  I chose the “founder” of Navarre, Guy H. Wyman. It’s been a fascinating two weeks of research!

I’ve found locally written and published books, talked to people who have lived here ‘forever’ and searched everything from the BLM GLO to FamilySearch and NPL’s online genealogy resources.

Just a few interesting tidbits:

  • Wyman married first a woman from France, and second a woman from Pensacola, whose family originated in Italy.
  • His father bought land from Robert Oglesby, who got the original land patent.
  • His parents were murdered while Col. Wyman was serving in the Phillippines.

It’s going to be a fun talk!

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For NGS members: videos to check out

Thomas H. Shawker, MD, is a frequent lecturer on the subjects of DNA and family health history. He is the author of the NGS publication, Unlocking Your Genetic History: A Step-by-Step Guide to Discovering Your Family’s Medical and Genetic Heritage.

This brief conversation provides an introduction to how DNA analysis can support genealogical research as well as some basic guidelines for studying your family health history.

Log in at, click on the Members Only tab, and then click on NGS Videos in the sidebar menu.

Film by Kate Geis and Allen Moore.

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More on Reason

Got this note:

Hi, Libbi. I was reading your blog over at Crowe’s Nest and wanted to see if I could help you find Reason in the census prior to 1950. In looking for clues, I discovered that 1) This property is in Cahaba, Dallas Co., Alabama (not Cahaba Co.; no such animal) and 2) This purchase took place on 21 Oct 1834. The 1820 reference is to the act of Congress authorizing the sale.”

And of course he is correct. Also, I found that someone named Gib(p)son bought land nearby. Now by 21 Oct 1834, Reason was married to Anna Gibson, so this is another clue.

Here is the  Land patent image.

I have sent a lookup request to someone with some South Carolina circa 1800 information, and I am hoping for the best!


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Review: Quicksheet for Genealogical Problem Analysis

Just in time to help, I received a review copy of Quicksheet: Genealogical Problem Analysis- A Strategic Plan- Evidence! Style by Elizabeth Shown Mills.

QuickSheet for Problem Solving

So I am going to start pursuing Reason Powell using her 10-step solution to genealogical problems. The QuickSheet is the outgrowth of a lifetime of professional experience, the 10 steps provide a systematic basis for problem solving unique to genealogy.  In addition to the 10 steps, this  QuickSheet contains a “Life Stages Worksheet”–a form to be filled in covering most life events from birth to death through six specific stages of life. This single-page form allows for a systematic listing of records  to review at a glance. You can copy this form and write on that copy, or use grease pencil and write on the laminated sheet itself, rubbing it clean as you find better data. The problem analysis QuickSheet is a laminated two-sided sheet designed, like its companions, for heavy use, in libraries, at your desk, and so on.

Here’s hoping!

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Beating my head against a brick wall

William Reason PowellHe told census takers from 1850 on that he was born in South Carolina in 1802.He bought land in Cahaba County Alabama in 1820but he is not on any census that I can find before 1850.This is driving me nuts!!!

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Review: German Genealogy Research At A Glance


I got a review copy of a handy guide called Genealogy at a Glance: German Genealogy Research, part of the Genealogical Publishing Company’s At A Glance series, and I really like it.

So far, I have not come across anything more Germanic  than “Miner” in my surnames (and we suspect that is originally Dutch) but if I do, I will turn to this laminated four page guide first. This is an American-centric guide, outlining motivations and dates for German emigrations for the last 300 years or so, for economic, social, political and religious reasons, and pointing to where in the lower 48 states each tended to congregate.

However, it also gives you solid information on researching in Germany once you get “back to the boat”, even listing where certain surnames and given names most likely originate.

The bibliography at the back of four good German genealogy references and six good online resources make this a good thing to take to the library, or on your travels.

At $7.95,  this is a good buy, in my opinion.

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