Weekly Updates for 2010-01-06

RT @bibliotraveler: Good article on finding South Carolina marriage records, http://tinyurl.com/scmarr #genealogy # RT @LCAfricana: RT @jackrobinson181: @geneabloggers_A little different type of images for Tombstone Tueday: http://tinyurl.com/mkcg7t # I got a comment from a third cousin yesterday. Yea! # Indexed 10 names on FamilySearch. # Updates in GA and TN. Yea! RT @kinfolknews: RT @fairangels: […]

“Family Tree” Overview

The “Family Tree” tab (above) contains a database of all my genealogy research.  I thought it would be helpful to provide a navigational overview. The Genealogy Menu is visible in the sidebar whenever you are in the “Family Tree” section.  It contains links to: Surnames includes a list of the top 30 surnames in the […]

Native American Background?

My grandmother’s grandmother was Mary (Patterson) Whitener.  Family legend has it that she was at least part Cherokee.  Mary was born in Ellijay, Georgia in 1869 and married William Whitener there in 1883.  They lived in Murray County, Georgia in 1900.  Sometime between 1904 and 1907, they moved to Oklahoma.  According to my grandmother, they […]

Tombstone Tuesday: Unexpected Cemetery Find

As I was driving past Mount Sumach Cemetery this weekend, I happened to notice a headstone with my last name.  I almost didn’t stop, because I could tell from the road that it was a relatively modern stone.  However, it was Saturday afternoon and I had time, so I turned around.  The stone in question […]

Citing Tombstones as a Source Reference

I recently bought a copy of Elizabeth Shown Mills’ fabulous book Evidence Explained (e-book available for download on Footnote.com) and have spent the evening creating citations for events sourced from tombstones that I have personally photographed. It’s a simple format and by copying, pasting, and editing, I was able to create citations for over 40 […]

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 […]

The Kindness of Strangers

A few weeks ago, I posted about Find a Grave. One of the features they offers is a “Request a Photo” program. Users of the website can volunteer to take headstone photographs and Find a Grave keeps track of their locations. When another user requests a photo from a particular cemetery, the website sends out […]