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Today, my father went home to his father.
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 … Continue reading
Posted in Genealogy Tagged Blanton, Civil War, Dyson, genealogy, historic photographs, research 5 Comments
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 … Continue reading
Posted in Genealogy Tagged American Civil War, Armstrong, Blanton, genealogy, National Park Service, soldiers 3 Comments
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 … Continue reading
Posted in Genealogy Tagged Canada, FamilySearch, genealogy, Gillis, Nova Scotia 1 Comment
Kingsport: Everyday History Again
Back in 2014, I wrote a blog about Grass Dale, the mansion centerpiece of what was once the Groseclose plantation in Kingsport. Several people posted comments and expressed interest in the home that they frequently drove past.
Posted in Kingsport Tagged Early Kingsport, family history, genealogy, Grass Dale, Sullivan County 4 Comments
Genealogy: Who are your neighbors?
Well, not your neighbors, but who were your ancestors’ neighbors? Searching neighboring households in the Canadian or US Census and nearby graves on the FindAGrave website are two ways to find your relatives’ relatives!
Posted in Genealogy Tagged Blanton, Carrier, census, Find A Grave, genealogy 5 Comments
Genealogy: Print It!
When I’ve written about scanning family photographs in the past, I was promoting ideas like scanning a relative’s photos while you are on vacation, scanning as a form of preservation, and scanning in order to see important details up close. … Continue reading
Posted in Genealogy Tagged Anna, Carrier, genealogy, Gillis, scrapbooks 6 Comments
Genealogy: On the Job
I’ve been working on documenting my mother’s paternal line, lately. What is so great about using FamilySearch is that the more sources you attach to an ancestor’s page and the more vital information you include, the more the system works … Continue reading
Posted in Genealogy Tagged Blanton, FamilySearch, genealogy, Hart, occupations, record hints, World War I 2 Comments
Genealogy: Illustrated Diaries
Wouldn’t it be great if the diary of an ancestor you were reading was illustrated? If the diary had photographs, maps, documents, and drawings inside, you could almost imagine you were in another country or era right alongside him! Thanks to the … Continue reading
My grandmother did genealogy the old fashioned way: she wrote letters. Before the internet existed, she wrote to state archives and court houses. She corresponded with relatives and exchanged information. She was also a saver, and when she died in … Continue reading
Posted in Genealogy Tagged digitized newspaper, genealogy, indexing, Mansfield, obituaries, research, Williams 2 Comments