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40 Genealogy Accounts You Should Follow on Twitter

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Recently, the folks over at Crestleaf put together a list of 40 genealogy accounts you should follow on Twitter. I am thrilled that they included me!

Check out these people on Crestleaf’s list — you’ll get good genealogy info! (And if you follow me @AmyCrow you’ll also get history, writing, and random doses of my rants about college football.)

See you on Twitter!


What Would You Like to Read?

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5 Misspelled, Misused Genealogy Words… and How to Get Them Right

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Our ancestors tended to be…. shall we say…. “creative” spellers. When we’re indexing or transcribing, we need to preserve that. But when it comes to our own words, we’re supposed to get it right.

There are some words in genealogy that trip up everyone. Here are three words that I often see misspelled, along with two pairs of words that are often mixed up — and how I keep them straight in my mind. (Note: I’m not claiming that my methods are particularly witty or poetic, just that they help me remember!)

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The Top Posts of 2014 — and a Bonus

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It wouldn’t be the end of the year without some sort of post recapping the past 12 months. I’m still putting together the lessons I’ve learned, but I do want to share with you the most popular posts from 2014 here on No Story Too Small.

To my long-time readers, these are probably repeats. (After all, they were the most popular, so they’ve probably seen them!) To those of you who have recently started following NSTS, I hope you’ll take a look at some of these.

To all of you — if you read only one of these, I suggest the “Bonus” post at the end.

Top 10 Posts from 2014 on No Story Too Small

This list omits any 52 Ancestors “weekly recap” posts that might have appeared.

  1. Civil War Tombstones: A Primer. Need to know the difference between a Union and Confederate military tombstone? This spells it out for you.
  2. 52 Ancestors – #1 Adah Young Johnson (1904-1979). This is the post that started it all. Thank you for being so kind to this post.
  3. Is It Time to Drop Your Society? I’m a long-time advocate of genealogical societies. So why am I asking this question?
  4. How I Found My Orphaned Milkmaid (Susan Tucker Kelley – 52 Ancestors #40). The title pretty much sums it up :)
  5. Retaliation on the Ohio Frontier: John McClelland (52 Ancestors #9). The story of fighting between Native Americans and white settlers in western Pennsylvania and Ohio in the late 1700s, and how my ancestor got caught up in it all.
  6. Cousin Bait and the 52 Ancestors Challenge. Connecting with cousins is one we blog about our ancestors. Here’s how the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge had results.
  7. 52 Ancestors – #2 Melzena Kelly Ramsey, A Life of Loss. A look at my great-grandmother and the losses she endured.
  8. Genealogy, The Walking Dead, and a Proud Mom Moment. Sometimes our kids surprise us with what they know.
  9. I Think My Ancestor Was in ZZ Top. One look at Thomas Young’s photo and you’ll see why.
  10. Breaking the Mold of the Hidden Woman: Elizabeth Peden Ramsey. My 4th-great-grandmother shows up in some surprising records.

The Bonus

This post just missed making the top 10, but I want to highlight it because I think it sums up a lot of what I’ve been doing this year. And from what I can tell, a lot of you have been feeling the same way.

My grandma and my sisters baking and making memories, 1961.

My grandma and my sisters baking and making memories, 1961.

I’m Back and With Stories to Tell!

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Seeing that your flight is on time is a good thing!

Seeing that your flight is on time is a good thing – especially when your layover is already 5 hours long.

You may have noticed a bit less activity over here on No Story Too Small lately. I’ve been traveling. I was fortunate enough to be able to go with my daughter on a WWII-themed tour through Europe that her college sponsored. We spent 12 days in England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands (for about an hour!), Luxembourg (for about 2.5 hours!), and Germany. It was fantastic!

I’ll be sharing some stories in the near future. I’ll also be posting my 52 Ancestors posts that I forgot to schedule before I left 😉

It’s great to be back!


Some Folks Call Me a Maverick

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FT40-to-Follow-150Recently in Family Tree Magazine, Lisa Louise Cooke compiled a list of “Social Media Mavericks” — 40 genealogists to follow on social media. I am honored — and quite surprised! — to be named on that list! I’m in the Twitter section. Here’s what she had to say about me:

Certified genealogist and librarian Amy Crow tweets posts from her No Story Too Small blog. One must-read: “Two Worthless Brothers in My Family Tree.”

So what do I do on Twitter? I post from the blog, talk genealogy, and, occasionally, go on about The Walking Dead. Go ahead — click the little blue birdie on the right side of the page and you’ll see.  (And if you’re wondering about Facebook — I share all sorts of genealogy stuff over there.)

Be sure to read the full article in Family Tree Magazine. You’re sure to find some great new people to follow. (Or, it will confirm your choices in who you already follow!)

Maybe I shouldn’t admit this, but ever since hearing about this, I’ve had Garth Brooks’ “Against the Grain” stuck in my head. (Which also explains the title of this post!) Amazing how earwigs work… Apologies in advance if I just passed it along to you; hey, that’s social media. :-)

Introducing No Story Too Small

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Welcome to No Story Too Small! On this blog, you will find stories of those who came before us. Some of them will be the stories of my ancestors; others will be stories that I have stumbled across that have intrigued, amused, or puzzled me.

My goal with this blog is to show that the lives of our ancestors are more than the names, dates, and places we discover in our research.

Further, this blog will show that the story doesn’t have to be big to be important or interesting. No epic stories of ancestors who were stowaways or who survived the blizzard of century on nothing but two pieces of bacon? No worries — the more you discover about your ancestors, the better you will come to know them. And it is through the stories.

We’ll also look at records and resources that can help shed light on the stories that have been long hidden.

Life is made of stories. And remember, there is no story too small.

~~ Amy