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  • Week #1 – 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

    Week #1 – 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

    (Thanks to Amy Johnson Crow for posting this challenge!) I’d Like to Meet. . . The ancestor that I would most like to meet is my paternal great grandmother, Anna Witt. Anna was born in June 1867 in Washington County, Virginia, to Fullen Witt (sometimes spelled Whitt) and Cynthia Longley.1 She married Rush Floyd Delp… Read more

  • 2022 – Year in Review

    I can’t believe it is almost the end of another year. This year was full of changes for me – good changes! I am finally able to focus on genealogy full-time and am working toward apply for certification with the Board for Certification of Genealogists. This year I focused on more in-depth research. First, I… Read more

  • October is Family History Month!

    October is Family History Month!

    October is Family History Month! The second week of the month, my husband and I went on a combination vacation and research trip. A research trip was a fantastic way to celebrate the month. During the first part of the trip I was able to find the cemetery for my great grandparents – all four… Read more

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Online Family Trees

    A Beginner’s Guide to Online Family Trees

    For those who are new to family research, is the place to go. In a few clicks, one can start their own family tree, and quickly add branches to that tree. However, there is a membership fee to review documents and Ancestry’s research hints. (It is free to manually enter a family tree.) There… Read more

  • Two Names – One person?

    My great-great-grandfather was Thomas M. Duvall, born about 1842, in Ashe County, North Carolina. He lived in Ashe County for most of his life. On the 1860 census, he is enumerated with his parents (John and Mary Duvall), along with his siblings:1 Margaret, John, Mastin, Mary, John and Elijah.1 Somehow, Thomas and Maston have been… Read more

  • Ancestor Hoarder or Researcher?

    My interest in genealogy started after my dad passed away. I was eighteen. I really knew very little about his family, which I expressed to my aunt (his sister) in a letter I wrote to her shortly after he died. She responded, and included the names of my grandmother’s parents and a lists of her… Read more

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