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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Some Alexander Death Notices

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  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, so […]

A New Look

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  Visitors the last couple of days will have noticed that Tonia’s Roots has a new look!  Making this change has been in the back of my mind for about a year, and the time finally came a  few weeks ago to move forward. The reasons for the update were mostly performance-based, but the site has […]

Death Certificate of Francis Marion Kendrick (1844-1932)

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Francis Marion Kendrick, my 2nd great-grandfather, died 6 November 1932 in Militia District 1011, Murray County, Ga., according to his death certificate. Transcript In the transcription below, boldface indicates the words penned into the pre-printed form: “Certificate of Death, Georgia State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics.” PLACE OF DEATH County                                                            Murray Militia District […]

Jim Butler’s Military Service

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James B. Butler, my great-grandfather, enlisted in the United States Army on 10 November 1901 in Ellijay, Georgia for a period of three years. At the time of his enlistment, he was a 21-year-old farmer, described as being  6 feet tall, with blue eyes, light brown hair, and a ruddy complexion. 1 Two months later, […]