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 […]

Pedigree Analysis: Start With What You Know

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I’m sure we’ve all heard it said that, in genealogy, you should start with what you know and work from there. In The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy, Greenwood argues that we “must have a name, a date (at least a period of time), and a reasonably specific place or locality” in order to do […]

Captain Thomas Hemphill’s Will – page 5

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This is the fifth installment in a series of nine posts in which I transcribe the will of my Revolutionary War ancestor, Captain Thomas Hemphill. In the first post, we learned that Captain Thomas’ will was contested by two of his children and a son-in-law, and that the date usually seen for his death may […]

Captain Thomas Hemphill’s Will – page 2

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This is the second installment in a series of nine posts in which I transcribe the will of my Revolutionary War ancestor, Captain Thomas Hemphill.  In the first post, we learned that Captain Thomas’ will was contested by two of his children and a son-in-law, and that the date usually seen for his death may […]

Captain Thomas Hemphill’s Will – page 1

Burke County Original Wills, Thomas Hemphill (c1824); box no. C.R. 016.801.1, North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh.

Captain Thomas Hemphill is the ancestor who really got me interested in genealogy, but I’ve had his will sitting in my inbox ever since it arrived in the mail from the North Carolina State Archives in 2009.  Yes, almost three years.  Why has it been languishing, you ask? Well, it’s not just a will – […]

September Genealogy To-Dos

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It’s so easy to get overwhelmed with all the genealogy research and related activities that I want to get done.  These to-do lists keep me on track.  This is what I want to do in September: Research Write brief research summaries on the various members Patterson-Chapman line that I’ve been working on for a few […]