Internet Genealogy: Feb-Mar 2023

From Editor/Publisher Ed Zapletal, here’s detail on the contents of the new issue of Internet Genealogy, now on newsstands. I added a few comments in italics.

Welcome to the late winter/early spring edition of Internet Genealogy 2023. Our cover feature, In Their Neck of the Woods, is from regular contributor Sue Lisk who looks at online local histories and how they can give us a better understanding of how our ancestors lived. Sue has chosen a cross-section of sites such as County and Town Histories, County Historical Society Town Histories, and Town Histories on All the exmples are from the US, mostly New England. There are lots of fascinating tidbits of the past to explore, so snuggle up with your computer and then peruse the online pages. In her second article for this issue, Pound Masters, Hog Reeves and Other Common Positions, Sue looks at some of the more obscure job titles that were common during colonial times. Maybe you have an ancestor who was a Path Master or a Tithingman!

David A. Norris’s first of two articles, Cameo Roles in
Pension Files – Sources “Olde” and New – Part One, investigates the information that might be gleaned from those pages if you have ancestors from the original thirteen colonies. David continues with a short piece on a fine collection of records from the Gibraltar Census.

Diane L. Richard returns with the Life of an English Rose – Part One. Diane looks at researching modern ancestors and has chosen her late mother for an in-depth look at how to fill in the missing pieces of a close family member who didn’t leave a lot of the usual clues behind. Diane also reviews a recently released book by Liv Marit Haakenstad titled, A Guide to
Norwegian Genealogy, Emigration, and Transmigration. Diane also pens her usual NetNotes column featuring interesting websites that are sure to be of interest. New author Erin E. Moulton shines the spotlight on Newspaper Wins! Searching Like a Pro, and how to get the most from researching newspaper archives. The subject, a baseball player, was no relative to the author, but some people just cry out to have their live explored! Meredith Young Renard lets the cat out of the bag in “Everything My Dad Said About His Ancestry Was a Fabrication!” and recounts how she learned the truth and the reason for the tale. Leslie Michele Derrough returns with Pass Me a Musket: How Participating in Reenactments Can Help You Better Relate To A Military Ancestor.

Don’t forget to check out our regular columns: Genealogy Questions, Photos & Genealogy, and Dave Obee’s Back Page! I hope you enjoy the issue!

One article not mentioned in Ed’s column is “A Laugh At Our Ancestors’ Expense: The Humorous Side Of Genealogy” by Robbie Gorr.  The following epitaph mentioned is part of a collection at

“Here lies Peter who was
accidentally shot in his 30th year

This monument was erected by
grateful relatives”

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