Herman Burgin – Tombstone Tuesday

5 March 2013 Evidence

Last week’s Tombstone Tuesday post was about James A. and Dora Burgin.  Tragically, they lost a son who was just shy of manhood and he is the focus of today’s post. Eula Herman Burgin was born 11 December 1910 in Old Fort, North Carolina.  He died on 28 March 1928 at the age of 17 […]

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William Everett Whitener Timeline

3 March 2013 Bios & Timelines

William Everett Whitener was my 2nd-great grandfather.  He was the son of Phillip B. Whitener (1833-1865) and Levina J. Searcy (1830-?), both from North Carolina. 1855 – William was born in December, probably in Gilmer County, Georgia, as his parents were married there in 1852. 1860 – William appeared on the census in Gilmer County […]

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James and Dora Burgin – Tombstone Tuesday

26 February 2013 Evidence

James A. Burgin was born 29 Jun 1876, likely in McDowell County, North Carolina.  He died 11 Jul 1942 and is buried at Bethel-Cherry Springs Cemetery. James was the son of Joseph Lytle Burgin and Dulcina (MNU) Burgin.  He appeared in their household on the 1880 census, along with an older sister, Mollie G. James […]

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Robert M. Burgin and Sallie E. Mann – Tombstone Tuesday

20 November 2012 Evidence

Robert M. Burgin was born 21 Apr 1833 in North Carolina, the son of Josiah B. Burgin.  He died 10 Apr 1913. Robert married Sallie E. Mann.  I don’t know who Sallie’s parents were, but she had a sister named Elizabeth. Sallie was born 15 Oct 1843 in North Carolina and died 17 Jan 1915. […]

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Atlanta Family History Expo 2012 Day 1

9 November 2012 And More

Today is the first day of this year’s Family History Expo in Atlanta. This is the third year that Family History Expo has come to Atlanta (technically Duluth) and I’m pleased to say that the crowd size looks very similar to last year, possibly even a little larger. The keynote speaker was Robert S. Davis. […]

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My First Family Finder DNA Match

24 October 2012 DNA

While I did an autosomal dna test at 23andMe last year, I recently took advantage of a sale price to have my mother’s dna tested at Family Tree DNA, doing their autosomal test, known as Family Finder.  I also upgraded my own results at FT DNA, in order to compare my results with hers. My […]

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Researching the James and Mary Brookshaw Family, part 1

21 October 2012 Analysis

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 […]

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Andrew Baxter Guardianship Bond

30 September 2012 Analysis

Yesterday morning I noticed that FamilySearch had added a new collection to its Georgia Records:  Georgia, Probate Records, 1742-1975. With the impending closure of the Georgia Archives, I’m glad to see more of our state’s records coming online. This collection contains over 2 million records. It’s browsable only at this time, but it is organized […]

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William West Confederate Pension Application

23 September 2012 Analysis

This is one of 17 pages of William West’s application for an Indigent Pension from the state of Georgia for his service in the Civil War. Questions for Applicant   Transcript [boilerplate is in regular font; written answers are italicized] State of Georgia Murray County } William West of said State and County, desiring to […]

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Proof Summary Template

9 September 2012 Analysis

I came back from FGS inspired to work on my DAR application.  It’s been languishing for quite some time, as I wasn’t sure I wanted to proceed.  My purpose in applying was always completion of the rigorous application process; I see it as a validation of my genealogy research skills.  There are a couple of […]

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