Death does weird things to a family. Grief is an all encompassing emotion, but it never looks the same on any two given moments or in any two given people. I try to Walk In Their Shoes when dealing with my ancestors and this time unfortunately that is fairly easy. My precious Father-in-Law passed away… Continue reading Trials and Tribulations-Stephen Bennett (part 2 of 3)
I have been enthralled with my ancestor Stephen Bennett since I first got started in Genealogy. I can still remember the day like it was yesterday. I drove to MTSU to do some research on my family. Not sure what made me decide to start doing Genealogy that day, but I was home visiting and… Continue reading Grave Robbing in TN-Stephen Bennett (part 1 of 3)
In Genealogy we start with what we know and we work to what we don’t know. That is far easier said than done. Mainly because the documents we need may not be readily available to work backwards in a straight line. But I do know (from previous research) that Manerva Beasley Haynes Turner is my… Continue reading Genealogist at work-Where Do I Go from Here?
Well, didn’t take me long to remember why I didn’t make much progress with scanning the files in my filing cabinet. 1) it is incredibly boring 2) there are a lot of things I don’t really know what to do with, like copies of index books that I might need or might not. 3) it… Continue reading Genealogist at Work-Scanning Progress
Every genealogist worries that no one will want to carry on their genealogy after they are gone. I have three kids. The oldest was my best hope. 🙂 He loves World War II and airplanes, so I figured he’d be the easiest to bring in. His younger sister hates history and I figured she was… Continue reading Genealogist at Work-I Have A Genealogy Heir!!!!
Made lots of progress today on my new goal and thought I’d share the progress. No I don’t intend to update daily, but I wanted to encourage not only my new readers (Welcome!) but also myself. Slept in this morning, because it was cold and it was officially my first day of vacation. I have… Continue reading Genealogist at Work-Progress on Day One
George West, son of Levi West and Mary Unknown, was born on 27 Aug 1749 in MD.1,2,3 George West sold land to a Baptist Church between Apr 1773 and May 1775 in Old Dobbs County, NC. (see Book 10, page 512.) George West married Mary Ann Dillahunty, daughter of Reverend John Dillahunty and Hannah Neal,… Continue reading Ensign George West
I am working on getting all our family photos scanned and shared on FB with my cousins and then moved to photo safe albums. Okay, the term all is a little vague: Let’s just say my mom is a huge fan of Rubber Made and our family photos have allowed more than one Rubber… Continue reading So You Wanna Sort Some Pictures….
Having grown up in the Deep South, I wasn’t all that shocked to find that 7 of my 8 Civil War ancestors fought for the South. In fact, I was more shocked to find that my one ancestor, who supposedly also was a slave trader, fought for the North. This past week, I have been… Continue reading Loyalty and the Confederacy…..
We genealogist all know the drill. Go to archives. Photocopy stacks of paper. Drive home with migraine, seasick from microfilm machine. Take 15 years to recover. Scan scratchy, faded image into computer. Link to genealogy program, transcribe, source, pull out hair. Yup, I know the drill well. But no longer does the drill involve my… Continue reading Scanning. Why it no longer involves the scanner….