The Moral of the Story. . .

Since my last post, I’ve decided to completely redo both the genealogy site and the blog and now I’m left with a mess that includes not only a partially functioning database and loss of all my media links, but also a renewed determination to make this thing work like I want it to. The Backstory […]

Website Update

This summer, TNG came out with a new version of the software I use to power my genealogy website. I had put off upgrading, because, frankly, I was apprehensive; I was afraid I would “break” the site and I wasn’t sure how much time would be required to redo all the modifications I had made. […]

Columbus Public Library

On a recent business trip, I visited the Columbus Public Library in Columbus, GA. What an amazing genealogy collection! They have as many stacks in the genealogy wing as my local library has in the whole adult section. They also have wi-fi throughout the library, so I was able to post my notes directly to […]

Whitener FamilyTreeDNA Project

Link to the Whitener FamilyTree DNA Project. Whitener FamilyTreeDNA Project – Family Project Website Peter, Henry, and Daniel mentioned in the first two DNA kits are my ancestors.

Wilfong FamilyTree DNA Project Website

Here is a link to the Wilfong FamilyTree DNA site. The Johannes Wilfong referenced in the project background is my 7x great-grandfather. Wilfong FamilyTree DNA Project Website – Family Project Website

mtDNA Testing

I finally bit the bullet and ordered a DNA test this morning. I chose to use Family Tree DNA, which purports to have 90% of the genealogy DNA market share. I ordered the mtDNAPlus test kit. It’s a little more expensive than the basic mtDNA kit, but I knew I wouldn’t be satisfied with lesser […]

Revolutionary War Soldiers of Western North Carolina: Burke County, Volume I

I found a great source record last week at the library. It’s a book called Revolutionary War Soldiers of Western North Carolina: Burke County, Vol. 1. The author is Emmet R. White and it was published in 1984 by Southern Historical Press, Inc. of Easley, S.C. It has biographical sketches on many soldiers, including summaries […]

Biography of Captain Thomas Hemphill

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to attend a ceremony commemorating the service of Captain Thomas Hemphill in the American Revolution. This biography, written by Mrs. Margaret Hemphill Anthony, was included in the program for the service, which was held at Old Siloam Cemetery, near Old Fort, NC, June 13, 1998. “Thomas Hemphill, a […]

A Gentleman Named “Pioneer Ben”

A fascinating biographical sketch on Pioneer Ben Burgin can be found at burginfamily.org: “Benjamin Burgin, the second child of John & Martha Burgin, was born in Kent County (Shrewsbury Parish) Maryland, November 30,1741 and was christened December 25, 1741. Kent County is on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, just across the northern part of the Chesapeake Bay […]

John Burgin, Esquire

I came across an ancestor (John Burgin, born 1774), who was styled, John Burgan, Esqr., in the 1820 census. One never really knows what is meant by the term in “esquire.” I tend to think of lawyers, but apparently it is also used by certain Freemasons. Here is an article that describes usage of the […]