Genealogy To-Dos – January Wrap-Up

I got away from genealogy a couple of weeks this month, spending my time on other pursuits (reading and scrapbooking, namely). How did I do toward my goals? Write 10 blog posts – completed 7 Abstract (or update previously-done abstractions, if necessary) 20 census pages and update the citations.  I haven’t located all these census […]

Twice Told Tuesday: Burgin Homestead Burns at Old Fort

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Building Erected More than 150 Years Ago Destroyed By Fire Last Sunday Afternoon One of the historic homes of McDowell County passed Sunday when the Burgin home on Catawba river was destroyed by fire at 1:30 p. m. This old homestead, which was situated a mile east of Old Fort, was built over 150 years […]

Surname Saturday: Top 10 Ellis Research Resources

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Ellis is the second-most common surname in my genealogy database.  These are the 10 resources that I have found to be most helpful in researching these family members. “Ellis and Keener Connections” – a family tree compiled by Lynda Gibbs and housed at Rootsweb World Connect.  Some of you are groaning that WorldConnect family trees […]

Twice Told Tuesday: Mrs. Hemphill dies Wednesday at Cherokee Acres

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Mrs. Alice Roberts Hemphill, 88, a lifelong resident of Murray County, died Wednesday morning in the Cherokee Acres Restorium, Calhoun, Ga. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Blanche Stanford of Rome, Mrs. Edna Pendley of Dalton, and Mrs. Annie Kate Bryan of Atlanta; four sons, Jim Hemphill of Dalton, Martin Hemphill of Akron, Ohio, Walter Hemphill […]

Follow Friday: Happy 101 Award

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Several bloggers have honored me with the Happy 101 Award.  This is a welcome surprise in January, which is not typically my happiest time.  Thanks so much to these great folk: Missy at Bayside Blog Luckie at Our Georgia Roots Ruth at Bluebonnet Country Genealogy Joan at Roots’n’Leaves Jenna at Desperately Seeking Surnames Sharon at […]

Tombstone Tuesday: Martin and Rosa Roberts

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Martin and Rosa (Ellis) Roberts were my great-great-grandparents.  Martin was born May 2, 1853 in Bradley County, Tennessee.  He died April 2, 1925 in Murray County, Georgia.  Rosa was born March 28, 1853 and died March 26, 1936, both in Murray County.  Martin was a Freemason and Rosa was in the Eastern Star (the symbols […]

Help Others, Help Yourself

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There are many opportunities to volunteer within the genealogy community.  Whether it is working with a genealogical society, indexing records, performing “Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness,” or fulfilling Find-a-Grave requests, opportunities large and small abound.  I would even venture to say that all us geneabloggers are volunteers every time we write a blog article; after […]