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    Age: 52
    Location: Cleveland, GA
    Surnames Abbott, Alcott, Baker, Ball, Bishop, Brown, Bryan, Bunting, Burge, Burgess, Burr, Cadwallader, Chamberlain, Chandler, Chess, Coates, Cogan, Cole, Collier, Conrey/Conroy, Cross, Daniel, Davis, Dawes, Edwards, Ely, Evans, Exline, Farrington, Flegg, Foulke, Garretson, Garrett, Gibbs, Gilham, Glass, Gould, Green, Griffith, Hackworth, Hannah, Harris, Hedge, Herdman, Heskett/Hiskett/ Hiscott, Hobbs, Hoffmire, Hudson, Hunt, Hunter, Huse, Hutton, Jackson, Jaquith, Jarman, Jenkins, Jessup, Jordan, Keyes, Kirk, Knight, Lewis, Lofborough, Long, Main, Mansfield, Mason, McBride, McGee, McKenzie, Mossman, Nevins, Nichols/Nickols, Osborn, Packer, Palmer, Parke, Parsons, Patterson, Pelfrey, Pennington, Perkins, Phipps, Powers, Rhoades, Rice, Robbins, Roberts, Rogers, Sessions, Sharp, Sharpley, Shepard, Shoemaker, Smalley, Smith, Snow, Spencer, Stevens, Stillwell, Stout, Thomas, Thompson, Thredder, Throckmorton, Tripplett, Urmy, Wheat, Whitcomb, Witten, Willoughby, Wood, Wright,
    Surname Locations Morrow, Knox, Belmont, Delaware counties in OH, Johnson county KY, Loudoun county VA, PA, IA, NH, MA, RI, MD,
    Best genealogy moment My best genealogy moment would also have to be my worst genealogy moment. I realized that the Gibbs family I had been researching for months was NOT my grandmothers family. This set me in hot and heavy pursuit to find the right family and when I did find I was reunited with an uncle I hadn't seen in over 40 years.
    Hobbies genealogy, scrapbooking, crocheting, counted cross-stitch
    Music my music is totally dependent on my mood. I listen to a little bit of everything. right now in the c.d. player I have Kid Rock, Everlast, Rascal Flatts, a celtic c.d. and Bob Seger
    Books James Patterson, Tess Gerritson, Lisa Gardner, Patricia Cornwell, Lillian Jackson Braun, Fern Micheals
    TV I am a reality tv junky. I also never miss 24, Amazing Grace, The Closer and Monk.

    Southern Genealogy

    Friday, June 26, 2009, 1:48 PM [General]

    This blog post is entirely my opinion, and I mean no disrespect to southerners. I love the south, and the people who make it a great place. I have spent all my adult life here in the south, but  I come from a long line of yankees, and all of my research until recently has been in the north (mostly Ohio). Records have been plentiful, and easy to access, and I didn't realize how fortunate I was!  I am now working on my husband's and my daughter-in-law's southern genealogies, and it is a totally different story! Here is a list of suggestions I would have loved to give people in the past to make research easier. The names I use are made up (or mostly so), but I am sure all of you who have southern roots can understand where I am coming from

    1. When you name your child, a first, middle and last name is sufficient. It is hard enough to trace a Mary Smith, but it is even harder when you name your beautiful little rosy cheeked darlin'  Mary Ann Nancy Elizabeth Smith, and then can't decide whether to call her Maryann, Mary, Annie, Nanny, Polly, Betsy, Eliza, Nancy, Bitty, or many of the other names she used over the years. You will have more babies, so save of the names for future sugars and don't pile all the names on one little bouncing baby! On the same note, When you have five names and you grow up, please try to use the same name all the time.
    2. It is okay to use a nickname, but on important documents, please use the name you were given at birth. I know you have been called Bubba or Junior since you were knee high to a grasshopper, but looking for one specific Bubba or Junior in a sea of Bubbas and Juniors is enough to make a person want to scream! If Bubba or Junior is the name you were given at birth, then add a middle initial to make you stand out from the crowd.
    3. The census takers are your friends. They are not out to hurt you (and they aren't revenuers looking for that still you have hidden in the back forty). It's okay to let them count you. You don't have to hide. Years from now when your ancestors are trying to find you on the census it will drive them nuts when you just disappear off the face of the earth for 10 or 20 years. How are they supposed to know that you never left that same piece of farmland that has been in your family for a hundred years?
    4. Even if you can't read or write, please, please, PLEASE!!! learn how old you and your children are! I understand that if you have been out working in the fields all day you may be tired and forgetful, but giving the census taker the first number that comes to mind for your age just isn't cutting it! Finding that your birth date is somewhere between 1790 and 1820 is just too wide a margin to track anyone down. At least try to get it within a five year radius!
    5. Census takers, this one is for you. Please learn how to write neatly! Nice handwriting is an art form, please learn it.  People all over the US will later thank you for it! I know you spell things like they sound, and southern people have a proud heritage of naming their children names that no one has ever heard of before, but at least TRY to be somewhere in the ballpark! How you got Twillman from Swithin, I will never know! Or maybe that was just your poor handwriting again. I don't know, but work on both spelling and handwriting and you will make many, many people very happy in the future.
    6. Lastly, please try to remember where you were born. I know that state boundaries changed, but at least try to give a state in the general area. If one census says you were born in Texas and another says Georgia, I get totally confused.


    I am sure there is more advice I could give to those past ancestors, but since I have just begun southern research these few things are the ones that I have had to deal with the most. I know you will find instances of these in other areas of the country also, but the good old south seems to be consistent.

    Happy Southern hunting!






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    LMAO!! You are right!!

    June 27, 2009
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    Oh, I am so guilty of number one. I only got to have two babies, one of each and they both have a nice line of names and my daughter especially gets called many different names. And to top this off, I have her name listed really really weird on her social security card, health insurance cards, school reports, etc. There wasn't room for all of her names on the drivers license either. Her first name is a hyphenated name and most people just call her by the first part, which she never even knows they are taking to her b/c we call her by a middle or nickname. Her descendants will not like me, will they? I just hope they will understand that I only got to have one baby girl and she is named after many special people.

    July 21, 2009
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    A Family History in Pictures

    Wednesday, May 13, 2009, 1:37 PM [General]



    I was organizing my family pictures and realized that I have photos of 9 generations, beginning with my new grandsugar, Tegan, born 10 Apr 2009 and ending with my 4 ggrandfather Norval Valentine Heskett born 15 Feb 1805. It was so awesome to realize I could put faces to over 200 years of my family!

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    I was so so sorry to hear of Dawn's passing, my thoughts are with her family and friends.

    October 13, 2009
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    Hello Dawn Yes she is a cousin to us wow. She has pictures and info too.

    June 28, 2009
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    Yes page 19 Picture of polar bear with a baby bear on its back. Carrie of ohio.

    June 27, 2009
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    Hey Dawn I found another cousin in here on the Stout side her name is Carrie and she has Throckmorton van prince stout Vanquellin Bollen Bee and all i think she is on page 19. Wow i am excited again. Be back with more info maybe you have her i dont know.

    June 27, 2009
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