Researching in First Families of Tennessee Files

First Families of Tennessee

A few weeks ago, I spent some time visiting the McClung Collection at the East Tennessee Historical Society in Knoxville. The first thing I looked at was the index to the First Families of Tennessee application files. I’ve written before about using DAR applications as a source, but this was a bit different, since I […]

Library of Virginia – Monday Finds

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I spent all day Monday at the Library of Virginia. This is a brief summary of what I found. Monday was all about County Books from Albemarle, Fairfax, and Bedford counties, which contained either abstracts or indexes. I was able to get copies of the original images of some of these items (more on that […]

Marriage and Death Notices from Asheville, N. C. Newspapers 1840-1870

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When I was at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City in March, I found a book called Marriage and Death Notices from Extant Asheville, N. C. Newspapers 1840-1870 An Index.  It is “an alphabetical index, by surnames, to 432 marriages and 1,181 death notices appearing in extant copies of” seven different newspapers, published […]

My First Trip to the Family History Library

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A couple of weeks ago, I went to Salt Lake City for the 3rd RootsTech conference. While the conference was fun and interesting, the highlight of my trip was the Family History Library. I knew it would be. I arrived in Salt Lake City about 2:30 MDT and after checking into my hotel, immediately walked […]

Murray County Administrators & Guardian Bonds – a Research Plan

Murray County GA Administrators & Guardian Bonds 1844-1856

Several months ago, I discovered that the (non-indexed) images of Georgia Probate records had been added to FamilySearch.  I started searching through the Administration & Guardian Bonds for Murray County and immediately hit pay dirt with a guardianship bond for my 3rd great-grandfather, Andrew B. Baxter.  I also found a guardianship bond for the children […]

Researching the James and Mary Brookshaw Family, part 1

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A few months ago, I had to opportunity to look at The Brookshire Family by Glenna Brookshire Beck.  I got a lot of great information which I’m now validating.  My current focus is to look online for original records that are cited in The Brookshire Family or for other original records that support the information included. The book is […]