Family Finder DNA Match – Alexander/Davidson

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It has been awhile since I’ve done anything with my DNA matches, so I decided to go hunting for low-hanging fruit.  I started by looking for people who match both me and my mom, since that cuts list of potential surnames to sort through in half.  Then I focused my efforts on people who have […]

Twice-Told Tuesday: Happy Birthday!

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“October 28—Mrs. Mollie Clayton, Elaca Hemphill, Maudie Sue Forrest, Maurine Springfield.”1 The “Elaca Hemphill” who is being remembered is actually Alacia Hemphill. Her birthday was October 29, rather than October 28.2 Nevertheless, I love the fact that the newspaper published birthdays! Twice Told Tuesday is an occasional series featuring family-related articles republished from old books, magazines, […]

Orphans of J. Y. Hemphill

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Earlier this year, I mentioned finding a guardianship bond for the children of my 2nd great-grandfather, J. Y. Hemphill.  Here’s what I learned. Transcript: Georgia  Murray County. Know all men by these presents: That we Mary E. Hemphill principal and T. M. Hemphill & J. D. McEntire sureties are bound  unto W H Ramsey Ordinary of said […]

Some Alexander Marriage Notices

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Last week, I wrote about a book I found at the Family History Library called Marriage and Death Notices from Extant Asheville, N. C. Newspapers 1840-1870 An Index. I took photos of 24 pages with surnames of interest to me.  I’m going through page by page and analyzing the information found.  Page 1 includes Alexanders.1  […]

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 […]

Spring Place Schools “Reunion” to be Part of Festival

The oldest educational facility in all of northwest Georgia is Spring Place Elementary School which traces its origins to the mission established by the Moravians in 1801—long before there was a Murray County.  This school, sponsored by Chief James Vann, was named Spring Place because of the dozens of natural springs that had landmarked the […]

1850 Census: Frederick Ward in Gilmer County, GA

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I recently analyzed the 1850 census enumeration for my 4th great-grandparents, Frederick and Keziah Ward.  In 1850, they lived in Gilmer County, Georgia, but they would have been in North Carolina in 1840.  I’m hoping that by identifying their neighbors in 1850, I can use that information to confirm their location in 1840, since some […]

Spring Place Festival Set for August 17

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I don’t typically post press releases, but I’m making an exception on this case, since I’m involved in one of the sponsoring organizations. 2013 Spring Place Festival Set for August 17 The 15th annual Spring Place Community Festival will be held Saturday, August 17, 2013 at the Old Spring Place Methodist Church just off Georgia […]

Evernote for Genealogy: Quick Tip #3

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In the last installment of my Quick Tips on using Evernote for Genealogy, I talked about using the Evernote Web Clipper to clip information from the interwebs.  Today, I’m going to tell you about another tool that can make your web clips even better.  It’s an add-on called Clearly and it is hands-down my favorite […]