William Thames of Clayton County, Georgia (1796-1892)

William left some clues for us in 1877 William is one of the early Thames men for whom we don't know parentage, exactly, but evidence points to him being the son of Thomas Thames (son of Joseph Thames and Martha Newberry) by his first wife (name unknown). Because he was a Union loyalist during the … Continue reading William Thames of Clayton County, Georgia (1796-1892)

Are you missing out on millions of unindexed records on FamilySearch.org?

Yes, there's a ton of free records online at FamilySearch.org that you won't find by using their Search feature. Here's how to find them! These records are primary sources like deeds, court records, probate, tax records, vital records, and the like that haven't been indexed yet and therefore won't show up in a search. Here's … Continue reading Are you missing out on millions of unindexed records on FamilySearch.org?

Why I’m switching to online single-tree sites to record my genealogy research

The background Before Ancestry.com, there was Rootsweb.com. Rootsweb allowed you to upload a gedcom to make it publicly available. And you could do the same thing on the FamilySearch.org website. But you couldn't edit them. Then, in 2006, Ancestry launched the feature allowing individuals to create their own family tree on the website and served … Continue reading Why I’m switching to online single-tree sites to record my genealogy research

Whittle Flanagan’s Red Hill in Louisa County, Virginia- a study

Let me just preface this by saying I did not set out to find errors in previously published genealogical work. I simply love maps, history, and genealogical research. But I did find an error, and below are the results of my research. The land grant map below was prepared in DeedMapper (Direct Line Software) using … Continue reading Whittle Flanagan’s Red Hill in Louisa County, Virginia- a study

What Happened to John Flanagan? – A Descendant’s Discoveries

My quest to resolve the mysteries surrounding my 4x great-grandfather. John Flanagan was born between 1790 and 1799 (based on the 1840 census) in VA (probably Albemarle County, since his parents, James Winwright Flanagan and Phoebe Simpson, were residing there throughout most of the decade).  He married Ann M Saunders on 22 Jun 1820 in … Continue reading What Happened to John Flanagan? – A Descendant’s Discoveries

Grandad McLemore gets airtime 131 years after his death

Richard McLemore, 1798-1881 Richard McLemore (1798-1881) of Meridian, Lauderdale County, Mississippi, married Nancy Perry Hill. Richard is credited for founding the town of Meridian. Richard and Nancy were my gggg-grandparents. Back in 2013, I was following the AMC series, Hell on Wheels – a gritty, moody western about a group of characters whose commonality lies in the … Continue reading Grandad McLemore gets airtime 131 years after his death