Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – Update

I thought it was about time to post an update on this project. It’s been a busy couple of weeks.

  1. Another project took way some research time, but that project was very important to this project
  2. Took a side trip to pay our respects to the Flight 93 National Monument in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2011.
  3. On the way to the Flight 93, we spend part of the day at Gettysburg


Slide Show from our visit to the Flight 93 National Monument

I did blog about our visit here

Blog Post: Flight 93 National Memorial

Blog Post: Flight 93 National Memorial – Signs tell the story

What I learned in this visit, is how important it is to help preserve the Stories of People. There are 40 Hero’s who lost their lives on that day in 2001. We say, “never forget”, but how will they be remembered. One way is to Blog about our experience.

There is no way for me to blog about the experience, only to share some pictures. We did see family members, first responders, supporters of the families. All we could do was to ‘be there’, for those family members.


Gettysburg was a different experience, and will have to blog about that at some point in time, but what I did learn was telling stories about People in that battle field.

We took a bus tour of Gettysburg. First time doing that, but the Tour Guide told stories of what we were looking at, and the people involved at the time.

I had a chance to talk to our Tour Guide for a moment. I mentioned that I was interested in Culp’s Hill, which we had already passed, and why I was interested. His response made my day. “Didn’t he have a couple of brothers here?” Yes he (David Ridgely Howard) did. This gentleman knows “his stuff”.

After the bus tour, we went back to Culp’s Hill. A little disappointed that we didn’t find the 2nd Maryland CSA monument, we knew we were in the right place. It was very nice to see where this Civil War soldier was wounded.



It was raining, but this rainbow was to our left.


Enough for trips, or In the meantime, what have you been doing.

After looking at many Census Records, putting families together, I have begun going to my favorite research website, when trying to gather, not prove, relationships and date. That is Find-A-Grave.

So far, I have not been disappointed in the findings on this website.

I have spent a little time making sure that I have standardized how I record information. I have been using a feature that I haven’t used before to document where and how I found the relationships between people.

The one sad part, so far, is that I haven’t found David Ridgely Howard on Find-A-Grave.

Back to my research.


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