Confederate Voices: Book Review

Confederate Voices book

My local library received a new book this week:  Confederate Voices by Debbie Stephenson Moore.  It’s not a book about the Civil War or the Confederacy, but rather is a collection of biographies, family histories, and organization vignettes with Confederate soldiers from southeast Tennessee and northwest Georgia as the unifying theme. I like the way […]

Pedigree Analysis: Start With What You Know


I’m sure we’ve all heard it said that, in genealogy, you should start with what you know and work from there. In The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy, Greenwood argues that we “must have a name, a date (at least a period of time), and a reasonably specific place or locality” in order to do […]

On this date. . .the 17th of June

Births Martha Matilda Greenlee was born in 1820. John Headrick was born in 1872 in Murray County, Georgia. Junie Lawson Johnson was born in 1884 in Fannin County, Georgia. Deaths William Hinton Lawson died in 1913 in Benton Station, Tennessee. Marriages Adam Gross and Sarah Wilfong were married in 1793 in Lincoln County, North Carolina. […]

On this date. . .the 4th of March

Births Anna (Debord) Searcy was born in 1804 in Rutherford County, North Carolina (my 4th great-grandmother). Albert Monroe Johnson was born in 1882 in Georgia. Deaths Jesse Burgin died in 1864 in McDowell County, North Carolina. Rose Anna (Haskins) Lawson died in 1878 in Polk County, Tennessee (my 4th great-grandmother). Marriages William R. Johnson and […]

Research Plan: Finding marriage record for William West and Leaty Lankford

I promised myself that I would start writing research plans this year, specifically one per month.  Here is my first attempt: Objective: To locate a marriage license or other record of William West’s and Leaty Lankford’s marriage. Proven facts: They were married (as stated on both their death certificates). They had a two-year-old child on […]

On this date. . .the 16th of January

Births Jesse Brookshire was born in 1755 in Rowan County, North Carolina. William McKey McEntire was born in 1812 in Burke County, North Carolina. Richard Parks Ellis was born in 1843 in Gwinnett County, Georgia. Deaths Nathaniel Cobb died in 1889 in Calhoun County, Alabama. Russell Lawson died in 1896 in Polk County, Tennessee. Vadah […]

On this date. . .the 6th of December

Births Jesse S. Lankford was born in 1853 in Polk County, Tennessee. Zilpha (Garrett) Thompson was born in 1878 in Ellijay, Georgia. Deaths Grady Johnson died in 1982. Jean Evelyn (Hemphill) Herron died in 2004. Click on any link above to see more information about these individuals, including source citations.