Taking Back What Was Once Lost

New Sister Blog-“Giving Back to Kin”

I just started a new sister blog today called Giving Back to Kin. The purpose is to have a place to upload all of the data I’ve gathered over the years and continue to gather in my genealogy research to share with others. I’m excited about it and enjoy the opportunity to perhaps help others as I have been the recipient of endless generosity during my journey. I figure if I’m going to spend 1-2 hours looking a roll of microfilm, why not copy information others can use as well?

I will mainly post data from my primary areas of research, Tennessee and Maryland, but now and then I have other areas from doing research for other people. My inaugural edition today contains:

  • an index to court records for Hardin County, TN for Book I: 1869-1875
  • tax releasements for the year 1888 in Hardin County, TN
  • Freedmen’s Bureau marriages from Hempstead County, Arkansas
  • Labor Contracts from Freedmen’s Bureau records in Rocky Mount, NC.

They are all downloadable PDF documents. I hope you’ll visit from time to time, and let me know if I post something that helped you.


  1. August 25, 2009    

    I will be adding your new blog to the GeneaBloggers blog roll and posting about it in our weekly New Genealogy Blogs post on Saturday 29 August 2009.

    This is a great resource you’ve set up and I know others will appreciate the access to the information!

    Thomas MacEntee

  2. August 26, 2009    

    I have you on blast over at OurGeorgiaRoots {post – Share what you seek…}!

    It’s a wonderful digital Act of Kindness!:-)

    Well done Robyn!:-)


    • August 27, 2009    

      Thank you my dear Luckie! Gotta try to do my lil’ part.

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About Me

I blog, teach, write and lecture about family history research and it's just as rewarding today as it was when I began 18 years ago. This lifelong quest has helped me to better know my past and I've taken back--reclaimed- my kin and some of that lost memory.  

Post History

What I Talk About

Locations and Surnames

Hardin, Chester and Lawrence Counties, TN
Holt, Barnes, Harbour, Bradley Springer and Fendricks
Lawrence County, AL
Springer and Fendricks
Montgomery County, MD
Prather, Simpson
Somerset County, MD
Waters, Fountain, Curtis
Duval and Madison County, FL
Smith, Harris, Garner

Favorite Family History Quotes

"The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past."
-William Faulkner

"Call it a clan, call it a network, all it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one"
- Jane Howard

"Friends are God's apologies for relations."
-Hugh Kingsmill

"No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?"
-Elbert Hubbard

"Families are like fudge; mostly sweet with a few nuts."

"If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you might as well make it dance!"

"Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city;)"
-George Burns

"Where does the family start? It starts with a young man falling in love with a girl. No superior alternative has yet been found."
-Winston Churchill

"The great gift of family life is to be intimately acquainted with people you might never ever introduce yourself to had life not done it for you."
-Kendall Hailey

"If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all the generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people."
-Thich Nhat Hanh