Unusual Sources for Family History

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UNUSUAL SOURCES FOR FAMILY HISTORY
By Holly T. Hansen

Genealogist Holly T. Hansen, Founder of Family History Expos, discusses unusual resources to help research your family history, such as coffin quilts, brands, Fraktur, and more, on Big Blend Radio.

Here are three unusual sources for family history to whet your appetite.

Coffin Quilts also called Cemetery or Graveyard Quilts or Mourning Quilts
Coffin quilts had a dark area in the center of the quilt. The borders were appliqued with small coffins. As family members passed away their name was embroidered onto a coffin and placed into the center of the quilt (the graveyard). These quilts became quite popular during the 1800s as cemeteries became more prevalent. These quilts were revered as they held important family information. Many of these quilts may be the only place vital information was recorded on families as paper records of births and deaths were not required by law in this time period.

The coffin quilt was one way that women would work on the quilt to help them in the grieving process.

Fraktur
Considered folk art. Fraktur is a calligraphic hand of the Latin alphabet and any of several blackletter typefaces derived from this hand. As a family history resource, watch for this decorative script used to make embroidered wall hangings, family trees, Fraktur certificates, and other types of records. 

Marks and Brand Registers
Government entities were and are required to maintain a record of the marks and brands of each person who apples for one. A person may record their marks and brands in as many counties as needed. You may find these registers historically even into colonial times in America. The history of branding dates back more than 4,000 years.


Holly T. Hansen aka “Miss Holly GenTeacher,” is the President and Founder of Family History Expos, Inc, and as an author, lecturer, editor, and publisher, has been instrumental in helping thousands understand the principles, strategies, and sources they can use to trace their roots in today’s ever-changing technological environment. She is the mastermind behind more than 50 Family History Expos held across the United States, and is dedicated to helping individuals and families, one-on-one, with their personal research needs. Currently, she is involved creating podcasts, webinars, and video presentations to help people move forward in their family history endeavors from the comforts of home.

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Holly T. Hansen aka “Miss Holly GenTeacher,” is the President and Founder of Family History Expos, Inc, and as an author, lecturer, editor, and publisher, has been instrumental in helping thousands understand the principles, strategies, and sources they can use to trace their roots in today’s ever-changing technological environment.

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