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Happy Veteran’s Day

Happy Veteran’s Day

Today, I celebrate and recognize my ancestors who have served in the U.S. military. I am so proud of them all. Thank you so much for your sacrifice. And thank you so much for leaving me a paper trail;) My granddad, Luther Holt, World War II: My maternal great -uncles, James and George Springer, World […]

Wordless Wednesday: Luther Holt

Wordless Wednesday: Luther Holt

My granddad Luther Holt and his aunt Magnolia (Nola) Bradley, ca. 1928, Chester County, TN.

Wordless Wednesday: A Black World War...

Wordless Wednesday: A Black World War I Soldier

My great-grandmother had several fascinating pictures of black World War I soldiers. Most were unnamed, but a few had partial names written on them. This one said “MMomon” on the back. After searching LOST for many years, I finally figured out that my great-grandmother’s biological mother had the last name “Merriman”. Because of the resemblance […]

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 […]

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

In addition to my love of old photographs of people, I have found I really like photos that show some social history. This was in my great-grandmother’s possession, and she had an aunt who married a Sol Bradley. So, I am not sure, but perhaps she is the “Mrs. S.B. Bradley” who owned the store […]

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 […]

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

One of my all-time favorite pictures, this was in a cache of tintypes that belonged to my great-grandmother, Vannie Harbour in TN. I fantasize that she is a relative of mine…but who? The date is ca. late 1890’s, early 1900’s. Her expression is so mystifying to me. How old do you all think she is?

Wordless Wednesday: Holtsville School...

Wordless Wednesday: Holtsville School in TN

I can’t go totally wordless:  Hardin County, Tennessee, Holtsville School, ca. 1912. My great-grandmother, Vannie Lee Harbour is the girl on the far right, middle row with the great big bow on her head.

Luther Holt, My Granddad

Luther Holt, My Granddad

Today, I am thinking about my Granddad, Luther Holt. He was born in Hardin County, TN in 1921 and died in Virginia in 1993. Boy do I miss him. I started doing genealogy after he died, and that’s one of my big regrets. I think he would have truly enjoyed all of this. Luther was […]

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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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