I had an email complaint from a customer this morning. He is a distant cousin who shall remain anonymous. He said this:
“You ought to just rename your website ‘the Rankin-Willis’ blog. I have no interest in either of those families. Why don’t you write something of general interest that might appeal to all family history researchers? Also, please write more articles about the ________ family.”
Huh. Well. That’s actually good constructive criticism, except for the last sentence, which could be viewed as a bit hypocritical. I will keep his complaint in mind, though, and look for more topics that aren’t family-specific.
Meanwhile, since it is possible that he may have missed a few, here are some “non-family-specific” articles that have appeared on this blog.
- The most frequently read article on this blog is about genealogical evidence and proof.
- Here is one discussing a few legal principles every family history researcher needs to know. It is amazing how many questions you can answer with just a little knowledge of that kind of stuff.
- The second most frequently read article on this blog is about the Scots-Irish, specifically the impetus for and timing of their migration. Researching that history gave me a small insight into what was called “the Troubles” in Northern Ireland.
- We’re recently published two “general interest” articles, one containing research links for Maryland researchers and another about finding original county records online.
- Also not long ago, we published a short primer on YDNA theory. The article uses a Rankin example to make a point. Perhaps I should start disguising them with an obviously made-up name like “Clemson-Withers.”
- Here is a short piece about privacy settings in FTDNA accounts. The article was occasioned by an unfortunate experience with a surname project DNA project administrator.
- If you are a history buff and/or first amendment nerd, you might enjoy this transcription of Madison’s “Remonstrance.” It includes a list of all the signatories at the end of the petition. If you have Virginia ancestors in the last half of the eighteenth century, you might give it a look.
- Here is a short and simple article about how to determine, for example, whether someone is your second or third cousin.
- There is also a post about a recent but fairly dumb genealogy scam.
- Finally, here is a warning about Ancestry.com’s “leaf” thingies.
We have also posted a couple of articles about “same name confusion,” a plague for family history researchers. One used as an example a Lindsey family and another used an Estes. There are also two posts about using land records to track a family, a valuable tool for family history researchers. I used Estes and Rankin families as examples. All four are so family-specific that I have not included them in the list.
I do hope this keeps my cousin busy for a while. You know who you are. <grin>
And now, back to an article about … you guessed it … two unrelated Rankin families in the same county and how to distinguish them using tax lists.
See you on down the road.