Hayward N. and Lottie D. Hoyt

Hoyt Family Tree I ran across Hayward and Lottie when I was working on a project to create a map of the enumeration districts on the 1930 Tucson Census. Unfortunately, for several districts, the descriptions were not helpful: “excluding the city.” Checking the pages provided street names and other identifying notes for some. The Hoyts … Read more

Oril O. Hutcheson

Hutcheson Case Study My next project will be a case study. I did a quick preview of census and online sources and discovered that by just getting back one generation, one finds links to some previous research. However, what do you do when you only know a few things about an ancestor? And even worse, … Read more


The Innis Family Tree Making a list of all of the things I want to know when I first start work really helps me focus. Then I trim the list down to the absolute basics and determine whether they are questions I can answer and from those questions I create a list of goals. I … Read more

In The Beginning

Govanstown Cemetery Project My current work in Cold Genealogy began almost a year ago as an offshoot of research on my maternal line. I began searching for my 3rd great grandfather, Washington Harford, in Baltimore, Maryland. The search eventually yielded an obituary from the Baltimore Sun dated 29 Jun 1875 in which the funeral was … Read more

Geo. P. & Clara A. Scholefield

Scholefield Family Tree  My first cold case for the internet: How random can you get? Instead of just randomly clicking in an Ancestry.com window, I decided to be a bit less random. I wanted to begin by working with a family that had a local connection. However, there were few people who lived in the … Read more