#31WBGB: Participate in an Online Genealogy Group


Welcome to Week 9 of 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog! Our topic this week is participating in online genealogy groups.  These could be forums, mailing lists, message boards, facebook groups, etc. Why Should We Participate in Online Genealogy Groups? There are three main reasons to participate in online communities: Profile Building – if […]

Last Will and Testament of Thomas Bratcher Hemphill


Transcription North Carolina McDowell County Source:  McDowell County, North Carolina, “North Carolina Probate Records, 1735-1970″, will book entry for Thomas Bratcher Hemphill pp. 554-555, digital images no. 308-309; “Wills 1869-1903,” digital images, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org: accessed 30 June 2011).

#31WBGB: Interlink Your Old Blog Posts


Welcome to Week 8 of 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog!  Our topic this week is interlinking old blog posts. Why Should We Interlink Posts? There are three main reasons to interlink posts within one’s own blog: To help your readers – if you’ve written other posts on a similar topic or that tie […]

#31WBGB: Write a Link Post


Welcome to Week 7 of 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog!  Week 5’s topic is about linking out to other blogs or websites. Why should you link to other sites? Linking out gives something valuable to your readers.  There is a lot of great information out there, but who has the time to sort […]

John “Jackie” Patterson – the Later Years

North Georgia Map 1846

Last week, I posted what I know about Jackie Patterson from his birth about 1794 in South Carolina up until his marriage to Jane Chapman in 1828 in Hall County, Georgia.  This is part of my attempt to pull everything together and make sense of all the bits of information that I’ve found so far. […]

#31WBGB: 27 Must-Read Tips for Genealogy Bloggers

31WBGB 27 Must-Read Tips

Welcome to Week 6 of “31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog!” Our topic this week is learning from successful bloggers. If you are following along in the e-book 31 Days to Build a Better Blog (affiliate link), Darren provides links to 27 blog posts by nine different bloggers.  I’ve included some of those links […]

John “Jackie” Patterson – The Early Years


I’ve been working on my Patterson line recently, in hopes of locating a common ancestor with a DNA match.  I haven’t found the common ancestor yet, but I have found lots of information on my known Pattersons.  I want to capture what I’ve learned in narrative format, starting with Jackie Patterson, my fourth great-grandfather. Connecting […]