7 Reasons You Should Attend SCGS Jamboree

Today is the last day for early-bird registration to the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree.  Jamboree will he held June 8-10 in Burbank, California, with two “pre-events” to be held on June 7.  If you are on the fence, here are 7 reasons to attend: Rock-Star Speakers – Megan Smolenyak, Josh Taylor, Curt Wicher, and so […]

The Marriage of Andrew Baxter and Mary Lowery

Andrew Baxter-Mary Lowery Marriage License

Andrew B. Baxter and Mary Lowery applied for a marriage license in Murray County, Georgia on the first day of January, 1849.  Their marriage was solemnized before a justice of the peace on January 4th. Andrew and Mary are my 3rd great-grandparents and the parents of Barbara (Baxter) Kendrick.

James Baxter Married Elisabeth Lowery – Treasure Chest Thursday

James Baxter-Elisabeth Lowery

James Baxter and Elisabeth Lowery were joined in the bonds of holy matrimony on 14 December 1851.  They were married in Murray County, Georgia. James was the brother of my 3rd great-grandfather, Andrew B. “Dave” Baxter and Elisabeth was the sister of Dave’s wife, Polly Lowery.

J. A. Hemphill – World War I Draft Registration Card

J. A. Hemphill World War I Draft Card

This week’s Treasure Chest Thursday entry is another World War I Draft Registration Card.  This time the registrant is my great-grandfather, James Alexander Hemphill. So What Does This Record Tell Us? Name:  I think this is the only official document I have that spells out his complete name – James Alexander Hemphill. Residence:  Ramhurst, Georgia.  […]

Reviewing Old Records Pays Off

James Baxter household in 1860

It’s a good idea to go back and review documents that you found years ago, because you may see things today that you didn’t notice at the time you found the record or make new connections based on what you’ve learned since then. The Backstory Barbara Baxter and her parents are one of my brick […]

Jim Butler’s Pension Card

James B. Butler Pension

James B. Butler, my great-grandfather, was a foot soldier in the Philippine Insurrection from 1901 to 1904.  This card shows that he filed for an invalid pension on 26 Jul 1921. I tried to use this information to order a copy of his pension file from NARA, but received the following message: Please correct the […]