Ordering a DAR Application

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Last month I spent time working on finding sources for some unsourced people who had been in my database for a long time.  There was one family, in particular, for whom I wanted documentation, but I didn’t find much.  The children in this family had all moved out long before the 1850, every-name census and […]

June Genealogy To-Dos

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I had considered skipping To-Dos this month, given my recent lack of motivation and the fact that summer is here, the cicadas are mostly gone (yea!), and I want to spend time outside.  Instead, I decided to do a very abbreviated list. Research Saturday I was contacted by a DNA match from 23andMe.  We think […]

Genealogy To-Dos: May Wrap-Up

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Ugh.  I started off strong in May, but I’ve been oddly unmotivated since about the third week of the month.  The fact that I’m writing this post on June 5, rather than May 31 is further evidence of that apathy. Research The last three months, I’ve focused my research on one surname per month.  I’m […]

Rhoda Hemphill Weds James Gregory

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On this date in 1910, Miss Rhoda Hemphill and James W. Gregory were joined in the honorable state of matrimony in Murray County, Georgia. Rhoda was my maternal grandfather’s first cousin, making her my first cousin twice removed. What I learned from this document: I did not know that Rhoda had married; for some reason […]

May Genealogy To-Dos

Here is my to-do list for May, mapped to my annual goals. Research The last three months, I’ve focused my research on one surname per month.  I’m switching gears this month. Unsourced people:  I have a number of people in my database that don’t have sources, from the days when I was less diligent about […]

Genealogy To-Dos: April Wrap-Up

April was a pretty good month, especially when compared to March.  I’d say I achieved about 85% of my objectives. Research Census project: do the 1920 and 1910 transcriptions and analyses for the Newt Ward-Rachel Johnson household.  I finished 1920 and got about halfway through 1910.  It’s the Johnsons that are taking forever (no surprise […]

Stanford-Hemphill Marriage

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On this date in 1919, Martin Eakes Stanford and Blanche G. Hemphill were joined in the holy bonds of matrimony.  They were married in Murray County, Georgia. Blanche was my grandfather’s eldest sister. Analysis From this record, I learned Martin’s middle name and the fact that he must have gone by Eakes, else why would […]

April Genealogy To-Dos

Here is my to-do list for April, mapped to my annual goals. Research The last two months, I’ve focused my research on one surname per month.  I like how this is working, so I’m going to continue by focusing on the Johnsons for April. Census project: do the 1920 and 1910 transcriptions and analyses for […]

Genealogy To-Dos – March Wrap-Up

Ugh.  This is probably the worst month, since I started writing down my monthly genealogy goals, in terms of achieving those goals.  I did get other things done, like taxes, transferring everything to a new computer, etc. Research Census project: do the 1930 and 1920 transcriptions and analyses for Newton Coleman Ward; if I have […]

23 and Me – My first thoughts

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I received my 23 and Me DNA results a few days ago and I wanted to get some of my thoughts on “paper.” First of all,  I didn’t realize when I ordered the kit that it included health as well as genetic results.  I found out about the health component, but wasn’t really interested.  Then, […]