Ancestors

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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Madness Monday: Searching For the Second Family of Charlie Thomas Jones.

My question for this edition of Madness Monday is — What was the name of the second wife of Charles Thomas Jones and what happened to her after their separation? I am also attempting to find the names of the two…
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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Week #3— Father and Son, Charles Broadfield, Sr. and Charles D. Broadfield.

With this post, which is a participating blog entry in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks  project, I am hoping to find members of my Broadfield family, which includes (as descendants) the surnames Baker, Burney, Duggan, Fleming, Folk, Johnson, Purdie,…
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Understanding Spanish Naming Conventions

My husband is of Spanish descent. Because of these roots, I routinely find myself in another world when researching names in his family tree, as naming conventions for the typical Latin/Hispanic name are quite different from English-speaking naming patterns. For…
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Madness Monday– Who is this man?

This week’s Madness Monday post (and, yes, I realize that it’s Tuesday– I’ve been busy!): The photo here was taken somewhere in the 1920s or 1930s by Veran Blackburn Photography in Valdosta, Georgia. It was found in a box of family…
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‘The Carter Bed’— the story of the bedroom set my mother slept on her entire life and that was originally owned by the family of President Jimmy Carter.

‘The Carter Bed’— a phrase I have heard throughout my life. Actually, ‘The Carter Bed’ is a full bedroom suite; not just a bed. It was a set my mother used for her bedroom furniture for almost 70 years. ‘The…
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Slave Name Roll Project: Releasing the Slaves of my Family

“It’s honorable to do…You’re RELEASING their Names and their Souls for their Descendants to hopefully find them one day. Every time this happens they are REJOICING. They have been in a book or what have you for so long”  ~ True A….
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30 Questions to Use for Family History Interviews

30 Questions– A top priority for any family historian should be to preserve the oral history and stories of the persons in their lives still living, including parents, aunts and uncles, and especially elderly grandparents or great-grandparents. Taking the time…
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