Family Stories

Surname Saturday: Hemphill, part 1

19 December 2009 Family Stories

Hemphill is the most common surname in my genealogy database for good reason.  I descend from Hemphills on both sides of my family and through multiple lines with all lines leading to the same common ancestor.  Today, I’m going to work my way backward through Hemphill ancestors (using Ahnentafel numbers) to the first common ancestor, […]

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Orphans and Orphans: A Sad Bit of History

29 November 2009 And More

The topic for 85th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy is Orphans and Orphans; we’re invited tell the story of traditional orphans – children who lost their parents, or “reverse orphans” – those who left no descendents of their own to tell their story. A branch of my family that represents both kinds of “orphans” […]

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Surname Saturday: Kendrick

28 November 2009 Family Stories

Kendrick is my own surname.  It’s a challenging line to research, as I have found little documentation prior to the mid-1800’s.  I have yet to discover an immigrant ancestor in this line, but expect to find him coming from Great Britain. Francis Taylor Kendrick (1876 – 1966) was my paternal grandfather’s father.  He had dark […]

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Twice Told Tuesday: Social News

17 November 2009 Family Stories

Those enjoying an Easter egg hunt given by the Misses Hemphill’s Sunday afternoon were, Messrs. Mack and Ben Leonard, Grady and Earl Roberts, Charles and Dee Adams, Charlie and Earl Wilbanks, Wallace Thompson, Fred Dunn, Mort Peeples, Alex Baggett, Drew Duncan, Frank Leonard, Misses Lula and Onnie McClure, of Ramhurst, Pearl and Exie Thompson, Catherine […]

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Newspaper Articles Add Color and Depth to Genealogy Research

14 November 2009 Family Stories

I have a cousin who often sends me copies of newspaper articles that she has found referencing our common line (the Hemphills).  These articles have included obituaries, marriage announcements, and my favorite -Social News – which includes stories of birthday parties, Easter egg hunts, and family reunions.  Through these articles, I’ve learned the details of […]

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Monteville Roberts and The Great Locomotive Chase

12 September 2009 Family Stories

Monteville and other members of the Roberts family aided in capturing the Union soldiers who were involved in the Andrews Raid (a.k.a. The Great Locomotive Chase).  The Andrews Raiders had abandoned the locomotive General eighteen miles south of Chattanooga.  The hunt for the fugitive raiders was prompt and successful; several were captured the same day […]

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My Genealogical Threes

1 August 2009 Family Stories

I’m playing along with Randy Seaver‘s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.   This week’s assignment is to: Tell us your three responses to the questions: Three genealogical libraries I frequent Three places I’ve visited on genealogy trips Three genealogy societies I belong to (or want to) Three websites that help my research Three ancestral graves that I’ve […]

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Those Lazy Hazy Days of Summer

15 July 2009 Family Stories

The topic for the 76th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy is “How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Favorite Summer Memory from Your Youth.”  When I think of my favorite summer memories, I don’t think of the “big” events – vacations, trips, camp, etc.  It’s the soft, fuzzy memories that come to mind – the […]

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Fighting for a New Nation

3 July 2009 Family Stories

As we prepare to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of our nation, I want to take a moment to recognize my ancestors who fought for (or supported the fight for) our freedom and independence.  I have seventeen ancestors and relatives who were involved in the American Revolution.  To see the complete list, click here.  […]

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James A. McEntire Military Records

27 March 2009 Family Stories

As I reported here, I’ve recently found records related to James A. McEntire in two new Ancestry.com databases:  U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles and Confederate Pension Applications from Georgia.  Here is a summary of the information found in these two records. James was born in McDowell County, North Carolina.  He and his family […]

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