Generation 2: Henry Monroe “Hamp” Stephens (b.1823 – d.1871)

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Henry Monroe “Hamp” Stephens– my third great grandfather. Henry Monroe Stephens was born 03 Feb 1823, supposedly in Tattnall, Georgia. He died 15 Aug 1871 in Hamilton, Florida. His parents are believed to have been Henry Stephens and Elizabeth ()…
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Generation 1: Henry Stephens, father of Henry Monroe “Hamp” Stephens


THE STEPHENS FAMILY GENERATION 1: HENRY STEPHENS (b. abt. 1800 – d. bef. 17 Jan 1849), father of Henry Monroe “Hamp” Stephens. Henry Stephens, the father of my 3rd great-grandfather Henry Monroe Stephens, was born about 1800 somewhere in Georgia….
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Am I Related to Alexander Hamilton Stephens?

Alexander Hamilton Stephens We all have those stories in our family lore— the famous person, the celebrity, the person with the desired racial heritage. The person you hear about over the years that you “must be related to.” One of…
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Data Entry Guidelines for Your Family Pedigree Chart

If you are new to family research, you are probably new to filling out pedigree charts or creating a family tree. Whether you are hand filling out a paper chart or entering data into fields in a software program, it…
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How to Upload FTDNA Raw Data Files to GEDmatch


Yesterday, I realized that I needed to re-upload my husband’s Family Tree DNA results to For those not familiar with GEDmatch, it is a wonderful, collaborative website that “provides DNA and genealogical analysis tools for amateur and professional researchers…
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Family Heirlooms: The Christening Gown of Oliver Tinsley Ray, Circa 1899


Many years ago, this lovely christening gown was sent to me from my sweet cousin, Cris, upon the birth of my now grown son. By the time I got around to trying it on my son at about six months…
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What DNA Test Should I Take? Part 3: Recommendations Based on Research Goals.


I don’t claim to be a genetic DNA expert. The subject matter is so complicated I still feel like a newbie and I’m still learning daily. But I HAVE learned much and I’m happy to pass on my knowledge. Following…
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What DNA Test Should I Take? Part 2: Overview of Companies for Both Genetic DNA Testing and Analyzation of Results.

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If you are ready to get genetic DNA tested, there is one important question you will need to answer: What DNA company do I use to get tested? DNA testing is an exciting journey! It’s a journey of discovery—of who…
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What DNA Test Should I Take? Part 1: An Introduction To The Three Available Tests.

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The most common question I am asked about genealogy or family research is, “What DNA test should I take?” This week, I have received a couple of emails from friends and family members asking what test to take. Last week, a…
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RootsTech 2016: I Survived 26 Classes and Lectures!

Somehow, I sat in on 26 classes, seminars, and/or labs in a span of just four days at RootsTech 2016. It was a whirlwind of learning! I absorbed as much as I could as fast as I could and scribbled…
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