My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Did You Know This?

When a friend recently passed away, I read his obituary online before the newspaper was delivered. Imagine my surprise when I scrolled to the bottom of the page, and saw his surname, Ford, in a advertisement by Ancestry.com. It read, "Learn more about the Ford family on Ancestry.com." There is a nice map of the United States, and a breakdown of the states according to the 1920 census where the Ford family lived. Interesting. Are they tempting the descendants to begin genealogy at the time of a loved one's death?

If you have Ancestry, you've probably already seen the map, with the colored states and corresponding legend. For some reason, I couldn't copy to this site.

So, I guess, when I die, people can see where the Poole's lived in 1920 according to the census. I just realized that the search box below is "live" so go ahead and put in a name and try it out.





According to the 1920 census there were 27,001 families with the Ford surname in the United States.
During the Civil War the Ford name was found in 1,924 Confederate Records and 2,789 Union Records.
Find out more about the Ford surname.


1 comment:

Texicanwife said...

For some reason, I find it in very poor taste to do this on a live obituary column online. Perhaps if it is relegated only to archived obituaries I wouldn't find it so distasteful. And I dearly love Ancestry.com, but this is just a wee bit overboard for me.