Genealogy: Civil War Ancestors Part II

Last week, when I found out that a great uncle had served in the US Civil War with the 30th Virginia Infantry, Co. E., from 19 July 1861 until 31 March 1865, dying just 9 days before the surrender at Appomatox Court House, Virginia, it was hard. I was distracted.

Major Robert O. Peatross of Co. E, 30th Virginia Infantry Regiment
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Genealogy: Civil War Ancestors Part I

My mother’s paternal lines are rather a mystery to me. I’ve traced the Armstrong and Blanton lines back to the early 1700s in America. I’ve uncovered slave holders and railroad workers; farmers and clerks. Now, it was time to discover if I had any Civil War veterans among my ancestors. Continue reading

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Archives: Herstory

I am involved in a volunteer project, right now, that is so exciting, I wanted to share it with my readers. It is the transcription of an Ohio woman’s diaries. Continue reading

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Kingsport: Taking a Wider View

The latest exhibit from the Archives of the City of Kingsport provides a wonderful way to see how early Kingsport embraced panoramic photography and to examine how its people used this advancement in photography to celebrate milestones, document the town’s progress, and record history.

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Kingsport: That’s a Good Sign

At the Archives of the City of Kingsport, we love downtown history, archival images, and  research. Put those loves together and you get our latest exhibit. Continue reading

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Kingsport: 100 Years of History

October is American Archives Month. We have a new exhibit up at the Archives of the City of Kingsport to celebrate history preservation efforts that have taken place in Kingsport over the last 100 years.

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Kingsport: Strike Up the Band

I know it’s still hot, but school has already started in this neck of the woods. Soon we will see the glow of Friday night lights and hear the cadence of the marching band entering the stadium. The newest exhibit from the Archives of the City of Kingsport celebrates 90 years of marching band history in the Kingsport area.

In 1926, S.T. “Fess” Witt formed a marching band for the newly constructed Dobyns-Bennett High School (DBHS) on Wateree and Oak Streets. Even though the new school was named for the town’s first mayor and the education board’s first chairman, it would proudly display the “K” on school uniforms for years to come.

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Genealogy: Searching with FamilySearch

Flora Ann Gillis is the sister of my great-great-grandfather John. Born in Nova Scotia, she is only two generations removed from my immigrant ancestor of origin. One night I was just doing my thing, trying to document more about John’s siblings, when I once again experienced a quirk familiar to genealogy search engines. I decided to document the entire process and share it with you. Continue reading

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Kingsport: Double Feature

Summer is a great time for blockbuster movies and trips to the drive-in. It’s also a good opportunity to look back at the movie theater history of Kingsport as well as the films projected on our town’s silver screens! Continue reading

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Genealogy: Getting it Out There

If you want to connect with others who are working on your family lines, you have to get your lines published to various social media and genealogy sites. I have had wonderful success posting my surnames and family history to my blog and to Pinterest, but it took years before relatives found me. My advice? Be patient. Continue reading

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