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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Clean Out The Attic

It's beautiful outside. The sun is shining and there's a wonderful
cool breeze in the air.

Take advantage of this weather and clean out the attic. Find those
old family photos and papers. Dust them off.

More importantly, take time to read those old letters. Bask in the
memories of those who are gone. Smile as you remember that "extra
something" about one who is gone.

You may find your roots. You just may find your heart.

Monday, April 21, 2008

History Lives in the Heart--- Everyday for 40 Years

I love genealogy, today and everyday. It's a fascinating passion for
me. My family history lives in my heart.

Today, I received a press release from Florida regarding a cousin of
mine. His passion is also history, whether it be our family or our
country. Today, I must acknowledge my delightful cousin who always
inspires me in my search and who is always stretching my boundaries
in genealogy. Today, I must acknowledge one of the few people who
truly share my love of digging around in the family cemetery for
clues, and who is always willing to meet me there. Today, I must
acknowledge a man who lives his conviction of God, home and country.

John A. Williams Jr has just received recognition from the Sons of
the American Revolution for 40 years of faithful membership. John
said, "If we don't know how this country was started, the history
that has brought us to this date, then how can we intelligently plan
for the future?"

Cousin John, you are a true American Patriot. Cousin John, you
inspire me. Cousin John, I'm proud to share our roots together in
Allegheny Co, PA, where our grandpas John HENRY (1750-1838), James
GLENN (1750-1813) and John Simmons, Jr (1761-1843) were our patriots.

Most importantly, I look forward to the next time we can raise a
toast to our ancestors. I look forward to the phone call with the
statement, "I think I've found something."

I look forward to find the past.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Research Guide or Research Fraud?

"Hey, it's a new place to go! Hey, it costs money! Hey, this could
be a scam!"

Readers, beware! Not all alleged genealogy sites are true genealogy
sites. There is a new warning posted by the PR Director of a popular
genealogy site which provides a snapshot view of a few of these
sites. Here is the link for the warning.


While we all want to believe that everyone shares our love of
history, please be reminded to verify the sources to whom you choose
to spend your precious research money. I routinely look at new sites
to evaluate them for my own personal research. Most times, I choose
not to follow up with these sites for a number of reasons. The most
important one I would recommend to you is "Follow your gut feeling."

Have a great weekend!

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Peachtree City, Tyrone, Fayetteville

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Follow the Trail

"How's your family research coming along?", asked one of my
acquaintances the other evening as her eyes were twinkling. Did she
sense my slight hesitation as I blurted out my reply? "Just fine,
thank you." I waited. She blushed and said, "I've found something
and I want to show it to you." Ah. No wonder she expressed an
increased interest into my hobby. She's found a trail.

Boy, oh boy, she does have a find. It's a picture from 1905 of about
two dozen or so children in school within the area now known as
Peachtree City. Why, that certainly predates the town's known
educational system! We studied the picture, and noticed the children
appear to range in age from about 6 to about 16. We noticed the bare
feet. We noticed the fancy clothes. We laughed as we noticed the
looks on some of the faces.

What next? Follow the trail!!!! Dig up the census for the area in
which the school was located. Find the families in the area in the
1910 census. Find the land owners surrounding the area. Locate the
local church records for that time. I suspect the names Huddleston,
Brown and Gray will show up.

I'll be meeting with my friend next week and spend some time with her
working on this project. We'll be thrilled as we attempt to unravel
as many clues as we can about the photo. I imagine you'll even hear
laughter erupt as we narrow down the suspects.

If you're of old Fayette County blood, contact me. Perhaps, I'll
have some happy trails for you to investigate. Perhaps, I'll have
some trails uncovered. In any event, follow the trail. You never
know where it will lead.
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Peachtree City, Tyrone, Fayetteville