In Memory of Mary Tyler Moore

Hubby and I visited this beautiful site last year as we Walked in the steps of the Tennessee Brigade.

Emerging Civil War

mary-tyler-moore-dedication Mary Tyler Moore at the dedication of the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War at Sheperdstown University

Most people remember Mary Tyler Moore as one of Hollywood’s great funny ladies, and for good reason: Laura Petrie, and more recently, Mary Richards, left an indelible mark on American society. Moore’s death today at age 80 is a real loss.

What many don’t know is that Mary Tyler Moore had deep ties to the Civil War community.

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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

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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