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9 Tips for Family Photographs

9 Tips for Family Photographs

By far, one of the things that has drawn me to family research is the beautiful family photographs that we often come across. I have “picture envy” for the collections of some of my friends (one of my favorites is the header on Mel Collier’s blog). I have collected hundreds over the years and there […]

Prather Line Passages

Prather Line Passages

One line of my family has sadly lost three members within the past nine months. Stanley Prather passed away last year on July 16, 2011, at the age of 87. He was a vibrant, generous and caring man, and he is actually shown in the “Reclaiming Kin” montage above, fourth from the left standing in […]

Kin Reclaimed! James Holt and Why I L...

Kin Reclaimed! James Holt and Why I Love Genealogy

I recently had one of those amazing moments in genealogy that reaffirmed my belief that I was meant to this work, called to do this work, by forces beyond my comprehension. I posted awhile ago about breaking through a brick wall using black newspapers. I had been stuck trying to trace my ancestor James Holt. I am […]

Historic Trust Inventories: Search th...

Historic Trust Inventories: Search the Land, Find the People

I’ve been given some gifts lately by the genealogy spirits. I think they are designed to gently ease me back into the fray after my maternity break of several months. This is another really good one. I have made many connections over the years with relatives, as we discover we are both researching the same […]

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

Cousins of mine. They are sure looking dandy, aren’t they?

Sentimental Sunday

Sentimental Sunday

I posted last week about my grandfather, William John Smith, who owned several pharmacies in Jacksonville, FL in the 1940s and 50s. I posted a picture of one of his stores: Well, he also ran a distributorship for Adolph’s Beauty Products, and sold their products wholesale at his stores and out of his home. Guess […]

William John Smith: Documenting A Lif...

William John Smith: Documenting A Life

This post is about the grandfather I never got a chance to meet because he died when I was two years old. William (or Bill as he was called) was born on October 6, 1914 in Jacksonville, Florida. He was born into a working class family and lived in a poor neighborhood on the eastside […]

Memories of Santa

Memories of Santa

In the spirit of being snowed in, here’s one of my favorite pictures of me and my brother.

Aaron’s Ancestor Wall

Aaron’s Ancestor Wall

I thought I’d show off my friend Aaron’s gorgeous ancestor wall. I have one too but it looks nowhere near as beautiful. Go ‘head, Aaron! The ancestors are watching.

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

I love this picture. It shows my grandparents on the left (Luther and Mattie Holt) going to a Halloween party in January 1958 with the neighbors. Great costumes, right?

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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


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