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Ancestors: What Were Their Lives Like...

Ancestors: What Were Their Lives Like?

I find myself thinking about this question a lot when it comes to my family history. It has never for me been about “gathering names” or seeing how far back I can go. I have always grappled with trying to recreate my ancestor’s lives, trying to understand the forces of history they lived through and […]

Slavery and Justice at Brown Universi...

Slavery and Justice at Brown University

Brown University released a report back in 2006 entitled “Slavery and Justice.” I just read it and found it well worth the time–I encourage you to read it. A steering committee was formed at Brown whose purpose was twofold: Our primary task was to examine the University’s historical entanglement with slavery and the slave trade […]

University Theses and Dissertations: ...

University Theses and Dissertations: Hidden Treasures

I enjoy sharing resources I love with other genealogists. Today I want to share the possibilities for genealogical research that are buried in theses and dissertations. When I am reading a historical book or article, I tend to notice the footnotes first. I’m looking to see if there are any resources for that subject or […]

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 […]

A “Don’t Miss” Webs...

A “Don’t Miss” Website

I’m always on the lookout for great websites I can utilize in my genealogy research. I found this one several months ago and I’ve started sharing it with all my genealogy friends. It is truly INCREDIBLE. It’s Cornell University’s Guide to African American Documentary Sources. Go diggin’ around in these and you’re bound to find […]

Cemetery Surfin’

Cemetery Surfin’

Last week, I had an abject lesson in the importance of periodically surfing the Internet for new genealogical information. My mother’s parents were born in Hardin County, TN. I’ve gotten to know most of the family lines and I ‘m glad to say I’ve got cousins there I can visit every few years or so. […]

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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."

"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