2008 – The Year In Review

Inspired by DearMyrtle and following the lead of Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings, here is a quick review of last year’s posts: Jan 2008 – Thomas Young Hemphill McEntire – I found an interesting biographical sketch on my 4x great-grandfather. Feb 2008 – John Burgin, Esquire – I came across an ancestor (John Burgin, born 1777), […]

mtDNA Results

About a year ago, I had an mtDNA test performed by FamilyTreeDNA.   mtDNA is short for mitochondrial DNA, which is passed from mother to daughter to daughter, ad infinitum (it is also passed from mother to son, but sons do not pass down their mother’s mtDNA).  In other words, mtDNA traces the direct maternal line.  […]

What’s New – 12/31/08

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I‘ve been slack about keeping notes on my research results the last few weeks, which doesn’t mean there hasn’t been a lot of activity.  I’ve had several days off work for the holidays and have spent much of that time researching.  Here are just a few of the new records: Marriage Records John Patterson-Sarah Jane […]

Most Wanted: Parents of Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Jones

Betty is my 3x-great-grandmother and I’ve only recently learned that her maiden name was Jones.  I found this on her son’s (James W. Johnson) death certificate (see below).  James was the brother of my 2x-great-grandfather, Reuben Phillip Johnson, which further proves the importance of researching beyond the direct line of descent. Betty was born about […]

Murray County, Georgia: Research Resources and Links

Murray County was formed in 1832 at the time of the Cherokee Land Lottery and began to be settled in the late 1830’s.  Many of my family members live or have lived in Murray County, Georgia; some were among those first settlers.  The current count is 138 individuals who lived, died, or had events in […]

Tombstone Tuesday – Captain Thomas Hemphill

Captain Thomas Hemphill was my six-times great-grandfather.  This marker was placed at a SAR ceremony that I was privileged to attend about ten years ago.  The text of the service’s program can be found here. The inscription on the stone reads: Thomas Hemphill Captain N. C. Mil. Rev War May 4, 1826 Thomas fought at […]

Looking for Anna (Cook?) West

I‘m looking for information on Anna, last name possibly Cook, who married Robert West. I have very little information on Anna. She is listed on the 1850 Census in Polk County, Tennessee and her age is given as 40. This means her birthdate would be about 1810. Her birthplace is given as South Carolina and […]

Some of Burke County’s Old Sheriffs

This story includes excerpts referring to several of my relatives. It is part of a series of Biographical Sketches from Burke County, North Carolina that were written by by Col Thomas George Walton (1815-1905) and were first published in the old Morganton Herald in 1894. “PETER MULL [7x great-uncle] was elected Sheriff in 1790.” “THOMAS […]

Murray County Library – 10 Books

Ten genealogy books at the Murray County Library that I want to review: Murray County, Georgia marriages : 1907-1941 Teague, Gene E., Pickens County, Georgia cemetery records Georgia cemetery records 1851 census of Cherokees East of the Mississippi : Murray County, Georgia Gilmer County Georgia Heritage : 1832-1996 Clemens, William Montgomery, North and South Carolina […]