Thursday, February 7, 2013


When you are reading old documents you will come across words that you don’t know – archaic words, legal terms, Latin words and old abbreviations.  It will make your research less frustrating if you keep a few reference books handy. In the blog post, My Union Soldier, I wrote that Irvin Helpman was listed as a “drummer” on the 1900 census.  I really didn’t think he was a musical drummer so I thought I would look it up and see if maybe it had another meaning (it did).

Here are the resources that I use:


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