Sunday, April 16, 2017

Bob's Genealogy Filing Cabinet

One of my favorite cousin's Bob Baird, has posted some really great genealogy articles on his website at Some of this material is essential for anyone doing colonial era research. It often demolishes many of the myths that have been promulgated by genealogist for many years (i.e. people had middle names in the colonial period, etc).

Here is the latest list of article that he has published on a wide variety of topics. If you are a colonial researchers these are all must reads.


This is a collection of articles that I’ve written over the years to help others better understand and interpret old records.    We can often infer valuable information from context and language that might not be obvious from the record itself.  Many of these articles are specific to colonial Virginia but are generally applicable to other southern colonies as well, and some will be useful in researching the 19th century south as well.

Some General Information of a Legal Nature

Wills, Probate, Succession, and Inheritance


Taxes & Tithables

Parish Records

Names & Naming Practices