FGS 2015 Session Highlights

FGS 2015 Ambassador

The 2015 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in Salt Lake City was a whirlwind of activity.  Because of my commitment to work at the FGS Booth and the lure of the Family History Library, I only attended three sessions.  But those three were jam-packed and worth every minute.  Here are my FGS 2015 session highlights. […]

Catharina Weidner at the Ephrata Cloister

Ephrata Cloister

  My 7th great-grandmother, Catharina (Schneider) Weidner, moved to the community at the Ephrata Cloister, along with her young children, after the death of her husband. The Ephrata Cloister, in what is now Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, was founded in 1732.  It was a religious community, founded by German immigrants.  They were semi-monastic, with a monastery and […]

Blount County, Tennessee Court Minutes

Blount County, Tennessee Court Minutes

Blount County, Tennessee County Court Minutes Book 2 1814-1817 is a book that I recently added to my personal collection.  I briefly consulted it while researching in the McClung Collection in Knoxville a few weeks ago, but quickly realized that I would be better off buying the book than trying to make copies. Robert Kendrick, my fourth great-grandfather, […]

James Alexander Deeds in Burke Co NC

Burke County North Carolina Deeds

When I was at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City in 2013, I found a book called  Burke County, NC, Deeds Registered 1804-1813. Burke County’s deed books were destroyed in 1865.  This book is an “alphabetical list of conveyances registered at County Court. . .and covers sessions of January 1804 through October 1813.” […]

Some Buncombe County Death Notices


    This is part of an occasional series in which  I process information from a book called Marriage and Death Notices from Extant Asheville, N. C. Newspapers 1840-1870 An Index. I consulted this book  last year at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.  I have lots of people from in and around Asheville, […]

Researching in First Families of Tennessee Files

First Families of Tennessee

A few weeks ago, I spent some time visiting the McClung Collection at the East Tennessee Historical Society in Knoxville. The first thing I looked at was the index to the First Families of Tennessee application files. I’ve written before about using DAR applications as a source, but this was a bit different, since I […]

Burke’s Garden Historical Marker

Burke's Garden Historical Marker

Burke’s Garden “Known for its fertility and great natural beauty, the bowl-shaped Burke’s Garden is the highest valley in Virginia.  James Burke discovered it during the 1740s while hunting and settled here about 1754. After four years Burke and his family moved to North Carolina, where he died in 1783. The threat of Indian attack […]

Connect. Explore. Refresh. FGS 2015

FGS 2015 Ambassador

The theme for the FGS 2015 Conference in Salt Lake City is “Connect. Explore. Refresh.” What does that mean to me? Connect The first genealogy conference I attended was FGS 2010 in Knoxville, Tennessee. This is where I found my tribe. People who were not only “interested” in genealogy, but who were serious about it. […]

Hawkins County, Tennessee 1810 Tax List


Using a Tax List as a Census Substitute I have at least three lines who were in Hawkins County, Tennessee in the early 1800s.  The 1810 census for Tennessee, unfortunately, has been lost, 1 so tax lists serve as a census substitute, at least for males age 21 and over. Transcription Hawkins County Loudebacks Company […]

Planning My FGS 2014 Conference Schedule


The FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio is approaching fast. For those unfamiliar, this is the national genealogy conference put on by the Federation of Genealogical Societies. You don’t have to be a member of FGS or a member of any genealogical society to attend; it is open to anyone interested in genealogical research. The […]