Evaluating a Family Tradition

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As I wrote about yesterday, the first assignment in Lesson Two of the NGS Home Study Course is to record and evaluate a family tradition. My family story is that of the ubiquitous “Cherokee princess.”  My paternal grandmother has always told the story that her grandmother was a Cherokee descendant.  The family lived in northwest […]

Weekly Updates for 2010-06-30

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Reading “Tribe moves to implement DNA testing for new applicants to Cherokee rolls” http://ht.ly/22wlT #genealogy # Created an @footnote page for Samuel Mackie. http://ht.ly/22RgL #genealogy # Reading: Southern California Genealogical Society’s 2010 Jamboree: The Conclusion http://ht.ly/22YEF||good #genealogy conference tips! # Blog post: Using @Evernote for #Genealogy http://ht.ly/22Wwf # Cleaning up problems in my #genealogy database. […]

Weekly Updates for 2009-11-25

Interesting news. . .DearMYRTLE’s Genealogy Blog: DAR: Online databases now available http://ow.ly/DylA # RT @footnote: Check out our new Native American Collection. Explore unique documents and share Native American heritage. http://bit.ly/sLNEk # Ditto. RT @rjseaver: highlighted the 84th Carnival of Gen., and Jasia, our carnival goddess, in http://tinyurl.com/COG84th Thanks, Jasia! # RT @23andMe: Blog Post- […]

And then there were 16

Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun Assignment is to list one’s 16 great-great-grandparents, include their dominant ancestry and to calculate one’s own dominant ancestry. My spin on this is to look back an additional four generations from the ggg’s in order to identify their ancestry.  Many, many of my ancestors were already on these shores […]

Native American Ancestry – An Update

On December 8, 2008, I posted an article regarding a family legend of Native American ancestry.  Here is an update on what I have learned since then. Several weeks ago, I was looking through the Guion-Miller Rolls for the name “Patterson.”  I found a “Wm. H. Patterson,” who filed an application from Georgia.   I thought […]

What’s New – 2/11/09

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Marriage Licenses Scanned Martin Roberts and Rosa Ellis Elijah Ellis and Elizabeth M. Tucker F. R. Kendrick and Vadah Whitner George Harrison and Beulah Whitener William Whitener and Mary Patterson New Census Records 1860 – Jane (Chapman) Patterson household (she lived next door to Anna (Debord) Searcy; their grandchildren later married) 1870 – Jane Patterson […]

Captured by Indians

In April 1791, Andrew Davidson traveled to Smithfield (Draper’s Meadows) on business, leaving his pregnant wife, Rebecca (Burke), their three small children (two girls and a boy) and two bound children, orphans, at home.  A few days after Mr. Davidson’s departure, Rebecca was gathering sugar water from sugar maple trees close to the house, when […]

What’s New – 1/21/09

New Military Records Found CSA Service Record for Francis M. Kendrick! (one step closer to finding POW records) CSA Service Record for James B. Butler, including POW data CSA Service file for Ben Hemphill, including POW record New Information and Records on the Burk(e)s Several Virginia Land Grants for James Burk James Burk’s Will Lots […]