Treasure Chest Thursday: Greenlee-Hemphill Marriage

Greenlee Hemphill genealogy

William Harvey Greenlee and Kate Young Hemphill were married on March 31, 1891 in Murray County, Georgia1. Kate was my great-grandfather’s (James A. Hemphill) sister.  After her marriage, Kate moved to McDowell County, North Carolina, the ancestral home of both her parents.  The photograph in the collage shows their family about 18 years after they […]

Genealogy Research in Federal Prison Records

One of the classes I attended at FGS was “Federal Prison Records: Atlanta, Leavenworth, Alcatraz, and McNeil.”  The course was presented by Maureen Hill, Archives Specialist at the National Archives at Atlanta. I have a couple of people in my family tree that spent several years in federal prison in the 1890’s.  Although they were […]

Walter P. Hemphill: Analysis of a Death Certificate

Hemphill genealogy

This is another Georgia death certificate that I located via a search at FamilySearch Labs (read more about finding Georgia Death Certificates).  Walter P. Hemphill was my great-grandfather’s brother, making him my second-great-uncle.  I knew a little about Walter prior to finding this death certificate, but it also provided several new bits of information and […]

January Genealogy To-Dos


A new year and a new month have begun!  Here is my to-do list for January, mapped to my annual goals. Research Process 5 headstone photos from the cemeteries I visited last Autumn (this includes entering data into RootsMagic, (possibly) writing Tombstone Tuesday posts, and adding the photos to TNG). Process 2 marriage bonds from […]

Genealogy To-Dos – December Wrap-up


I started out this month by saying that I was being somewhat less ambitious, but hopefully more realistic with my to-do list for December.  I didn’t quite pull that off. Writing Write 8 blog posts (not including “On this date” posts). – This will be my 14th post for December – gold star! Research Process […]

3rd Blogiversary – A Year in Review

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Last week marked the 3-year anniversary of the blog portion of Tonia’s Roots (the “Family Tree” section started a few months earlier).  While I didn’t plan it, I like the fact that the anniversary is near year-end, because it is a perfect time to reflect on the year’s accomplishments and start thinking about what I […]

Treasure Chest Thursday: Hemphill-Morrison Marriage

Hemphill genealogy

On 01 April 1928, Jim Hemphill and Leo Morrison were joined in the holy bonds of matrimony. They were married in Murray County, Georgia. Jim was my grandfather’s eldest brother. Analysis From this record, I learned the date and place of Jim and Leo’s wedding.  This also gave me a primary source for Leo’s surname […]

The Genealogical Proof Standard in Action

One of the classes I attended at FGS was “The Genealogical Proof Standard in Action!” presented by Elizabeth Shown Mills.  This is probably the class that I looked forward to the most and it did not disappoint. She started out with an overview of sound research practices and the GPS. Credible proof requires: thorough research […]

Laura McIntyre: Analysis of a Death Certificate

McEntire genealogy

I discovered this death certificate by searching on the surname “McEntire” at FamilySearch (see my post about “Finding GA Death Certificates from 1928 to 1930“).  I immediately recognized the parents’ name and a quick look in my database confirmed my suspicion that I did not know about this daughter. Since Laura is a new person, […]

Planning Reasonably Exhaustive Research

Does anyone besides me get overwhelmed when thinking about “reasonably exhaustive” research?  What exactly is reasonably exhaustive?  How much is enough?  When do you stop? I attended a great lecture at FGS, by Tom Jones, that addressed these issues.  As the title says, the lecture focused on “Planning Reasonably Exhaustive Research,” so, of course, it […]