Identifying James Polk Forrester’s First Wife

Forrester genealogy

James Polk Forrester, the second son of Coleman Forrester and Anna Carnes, was born 16 Aug 1844 in Georgia.1 I first encountered him in the census in 1900, where he appeared as James P. Foster, 55-years old and head of household. He lived in Fannin County, Georgia.2  His mother, Anie Foster, appeared three households away3and his […]

Census Research Checklist

The fifth lesson in the NGS Home Study Course is about census records.  I use census records all the time and didn’t learn anything new; however, as with most of the lessons so far, doing the assignments brought out holes in my research. The first assignment in this lesson is to create a census research […]

Hemphills in the Neighborhood

Hemphill genealogy

While transcribing 1930 census records for the 50 households surrounding James A. Hemphill, I found two households headed by his relatives.  I wasn’t surprised to find them, because I knew where their houses were in relation to my great-grandparents, but it was nice how the census work came together and saved me from searching specifically […]

The 1930 Household of James A. Hemphill

Hemphill Roberts genealogy

Census Abstract: James A. Hemphill, Head, rented home, lived on a farm, male, white, age 51, married, age at first marriage was 19, did not attend school during the year, literate, b. GA, father b. NC, mother b. GA, English speaker, farmer on a farm, worked on his own account, employed, not a veteran, farm […]

William Harvey Ward: Analysis of a Death Certificate

Ward genealogy

William H. “Buddy” Ward was my third great-grandfather.  His is the penultimate name I have in the Ward line, so while he is not a brick-wall ancestor, both of his parents are.  His death certificate has been a valuable document, confirming some data, providing new information and leading to new documents. Confirmations He was a […]

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Tombstone Tuesday: Andrew Hemphill

Hemphill genealogy

Andrew Hemphill was born 08 Nov 1782 and died 22 Nov 1858.1  He married Catherine McDonald, who immigrated from Enniskillen, Ireland.2 Andrew was probably born in Old Fort, North Carolina; his father is enumerated in Burke County on 1790 census (Old Fort was part of Burke County at that time).3  He was the son of […]

Madness Monday: Finding Jim Butler on the 1910 Census

I cannot find my great-grandfather’s household on the 1910 census.  His name is James Benjamin Butler.  He appears on other censuses as follows: 1900:  James, in his father’s household in the Ball Ground District, Murray County, Georgia. 1920:  “J. B. Butter” in the Ball Ground District, Murray County, Georgia. 1930:  “James B. Butler” in Chatsworth, […]