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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Timeline

My mother’s paternal grandmother is Dollie Cook, born Dorcas Elizabeth Allison, in Marion County, Georgia, on October 8th, 1890. As far as I know, no one has ever found a birth record for Dollie, but that is the date she … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Characters

We all have a character or two in our family trees. The trouble is, we don’t always get to know the personalities and experiences of our ancestors or other relatives. We find names and locations in Census records and perhaps … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Extended Family

When I was growing up, my extended family consisted of my four grandparents, my first cousins, and a few great-aunts and -uncles and their children. Even then, I had trouble keeping up with them all. Now, I’ve made contact with … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Identity

This post is adapted from a letter I wrote to my mom’s brother about my research into their maternal grandfather’s family. When I started researching the family tree, I knew the name of my great-grandfather Billie Stevens from hearing him … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Broken Branch

My Reid family is one that I have found quite a bit of information about, after 1850. I had no idea anyone in the family was named Reid until I saw the death certificate for my great-grandfather James William Stevens, … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Popular Name

Back in the olden days, everyone had the same first names. It can sure feel like that sometimes. Here’s a brief look at a couple of the common first names (also known as given names or Christian names) in my … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Mistake

A lot of my ancestors made mistakes. Or rather, they made the same mistake. They didn’t leave behind clear and accurate information about who they are. Would it have been so difficult to make sure the census taker wrote down … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Conflict

I know who my great-great grandmother is, and yet, I don’t. I’m talking about my mother’s father’s mother’s mother, Delila Bruce Allison. Or maybe it’s Delila Dickerson Allison. My cousin Pat Lowe has done a lot of research on this … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Textile

This prompt reminded me of what got me hooked on genealogy seven years ago. I saw #TartanDay trending on Twitter and I had an hour to kill, so I thought I’d trace my Scottish ancestry. Yeah, I’m still looking for … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Social

Today, many of us use social media to share details about our lives – celebrations, announcements, tragedies, or even just a good joke. A hundred years ago, newspapers provided social media. I must admit, I never thought I’d find my … Continue reading

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