Using FAN to Research-Or Why I Could Strangle a Census Taker

My mother’s side of the family is never easy to research.  They were poor sharecroppers after the Civil War on one side. The other side gentlemen farmers. A few did own large plantations, but for the most part researching her family has tested every thing I have ever learned in 30 years of genealogy research… Continue reading Using FAN to Research-Or Why I Could Strangle a Census Taker

When A Will Doesn’t Exist-Jonathon A. Proctor and Sarah Cutchin

Jonathon A. Proctor was born circa 1784 in NC.1,2,3,4,5 Jonathon A. Proctor married Sarah Cutchin, daughter of Samuel Cutchin and Mourning Hudnall, on 8 Mar 1808 in Edgecombe County, NC.6 Jonathon and Sarah became the parents of Unknown female Proctor between 1808 and 1810 in Edgecombe County, NC. Jonathon A. Proctor was enumerated as the… Continue reading When A Will Doesn’t Exist-Jonathon A. Proctor and Sarah Cutchin

Understanding a Life Estate and How it Can Affect Probate

As we saw in our previous two posts, one source of information for the Cutchin (Cutchen) family states that Thomas Cutchen dies before his father’s estate can be probated, however, we also found that Thomas was mentioned in his mother’s estate a decade later.  So today we will look at the probate process for both… Continue reading Understanding a Life Estate and How it Can Affect Probate

Genealogist at Work-Times Have Changed Even for Genealogists

When I started researching my genealogy over 25 years ago, I had two small children, chronic debilitating migraines, and stayed at home.  Most genealogical records were found at state and local courthouses or archives.  Our public library had the Federal Population Census for Tennessee and Alabama.  The 1920 census had just been released, so they… Continue reading Genealogist at Work-Times Have Changed Even for Genealogists

Fred Ghee-From farm boy to World War II Navy

        My direct ancestors did not serve in any wars or military conflicts after the Civil War.  They were either too old, or too young to serve.  However, my uncles and great uncles did serve the nation honorably in every military conflict thereafter.  Today I want to write about my great uncle Fred Ghee. … Continue reading Fred Ghee-From farm boy to World War II Navy