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Harriet and Martha: Sisters Reunited

Harriet and Martha: Sisters Reunited

Getting better at genealogical research involves many things. One important skillset is understanding and learning how to find relationships when no document states the relationship. The early years of genealogy are filled with the “low hanging fruit” of census records, marriage and death records, online documents, etc. When that fruit runs out—which I assure you […]

Shaky Leaves and the Importance of Th...

Shaky Leaves and the Importance of Thoroughness

I want to first thank Bernice Bennett for having me as a guest on her Blog Talk Radio show last night, Research at the National Archives and Beyond. I spoke about one of my most popular posts, Do You Have an Artificial Brick Wall? The post can be heard in its entirety at the show’s link, […]

Clustering at the Cemetery

Clustering at the Cemetery

Well, last week I tried to make the best of being furloughed (fortunately I’m back at work) by doing some genealogy. I’d been wanting to re-visit one of my Prather family’s historic cemeteries in Montgomery County, MD, not far from where I live. The church was historically called Brooke Grove Methodist Church, and is on Maryland’s […]

One Step Closer in Alabama: the Fendr...

One Step Closer in Alabama: the Fendricks Family

I’m building a case that just got stronger. I have posted before on my long odyssey researching the Fendricks family, my maternal great-grandmother’s maiden name. I had a breakthrough in August 2009 and found a duplicate death certificate earlier this year. In this line, I encountered the common roadblocks of moves across state lines and […]

Tombstone Tuesday: Granary Burial Gro...

Tombstone Tuesday: Granary Burial Ground

I thought I’d post pictures from a wonderful black history tour I took in Boston a few years ago–if you’re there, check it out. I had no idea of the depth of black history that is in Boston–lots of famed black abolitionists and stops on the Underground Railroad, especially up on Beacon Hill. We toured […]

Tombstone Tuesday: The Prather Family

Tombstone Tuesday: The Prather Family

This is my cousin, Theodore Prather (gloriously aged 94) standing in front of his mother’s headstone (Sarah Copelin) in Montgomery County, MD. Sarah is actually shown 7th from the left in the picture that heads my blog above. Those are members of the Prather family. My grandmother is on the far right end. We are […]

Weekly Genealogy Prompt #27-Alex Hale...

Weekly Genealogy Prompt #27-Alex Haley

We Tree’s Weekly Genealogy Prompt #27 asks us to visit the graves of local celebrities and talk about their lives. I’ll do a small twist on this which is that the celebrity is not in my local area, but is in the local area I am researching. My maternal ancestors are from a rural, Southwestern […]

A Cemetery Adventure in Enfield, Nort...

A Cemetery Adventure in Enfield, North Carolina

I have been meaning to blog about this for some time but have just gotten some mental space and all the pictures together. I truly wanted to do it for the previous Weekly Genealogy Blogging Prompt #25 about cemetery visits, so even though this is a little late I humbly submit it here for all […]

A Different Kind of Headstone

A Different Kind of Headstone

I’m going to post a little more detail about NGS, but I have to get this picture up. We had a little sidetrip/cemetery adventure (more details about that too, I promise) but during this outing I saw a headstone of a type I’ve never seen before. This headstone actually had the cause of death engraved: […]

Out of the Darkness: Found Hannah Bar...

Out of the Darkness: Found Hannah Barnes Headstone!

I posted a few weeks ago about finding my ancestor Hannah listed in a cemetery online. A wonderful genealogist who lives in the area not only took a photo of it and posted it online, but he took photos of everything there he could see! That’s one of the reasons I love genealogy. Here is […]

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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.  

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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."
-Unknown

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

"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

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