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Tuesday, December 30, 2014


Clement Clarke Moore (July 15, 1779 – July 10, 1863) was an American Professor of Oriental and Greek Literature, as well as Divinity and Biblical Learning, at the General Theological Seminary of the Protestant Episcopal Church, in New York City. Located on land donated by the "Bard of Chelsea" himself, the seminary still stands today on Ninth Avenue between 20th and 21st Streets, in an area known as Chelsea Square. Moore's connection with that institution continued for over twenty-five years. He is the author of the yuletide poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas", which later became famous as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas".

Life and career

Moore was born on July 15, 1779, to Bishop Benjamin Moore – who headed the Episcopal Diocese of New York, and was twice the president of Columbia College – and Charity Clarke, whose father, Major Thomas Clarke, owned the Manhattan estate "Chelsea" where Moore was born. This estate would later pass to Charity Clarke and then to Moore, but he grew up in the Moore family residence in Elmhurst, Queens. He was a graduate of Columbia College (1798), where he earned both his B.A. and his M.A..
One of Moore's earliest known works was an anonymous pro-Federalist pamphlet published prior to the 1804 presidential election, attacking the religious views of Thomas Jefferson (the incumbent president and Democratic-Republican candidate). His polemic, titled in full Observations upon Certain Passages in Mr. Jefferson's Notes on Virginia, which Appear to Have a Tendency to Subvert Religion, and Establish a False Philosophy, focused on Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia (1785), which Moore concluded was an "instrument of infidelity".
In 1820, Moore helped Trinity Church organize a new parish church, St. Lukes in the Fields, on Hudson Street,[5] He later gave 66 tracts of land – his apple orchard – to the Episcopal Diocese of New York to be the site of the General Theological Seminary. Moore had written a Hebrew lexicon, and was made professor of Biblical learning at the Seminary, a post that he held until 1850.
Despite his objections to the Commissioner's Plan of 1811, which ran the new Ninth Avenue through the middle of his estate, Moore began the development of Chelsea with the help of James N. Wells, dividing it up into lots along Ninth Avenue and selling them to well-heeled New Yorkers. Covenants in the deeds of sale specified what could be built on the land – stables, manufacturing and commercial uses were forbidden – as well as architectural details of the buildings.
From 1840 to 1850, he was a board member of the New York Institution for the Blind at 34th Street and Ninth Avenue, which is now the New York Institute for Special Education. He compiled a Hebrew and English Lexicon (1809), and published a collection of poems (1844). Upon his death in 1863 at his summer residence in Newport, Rhode Island, his funeral was held in Trinity Church, Newport, where he had owned a pew. Then his body was interred in the cemetery at St. Luke in the Fields. On November 29, 1899, his body was reinterred in Trinity Church Cemetery in New York.


Clement Clarke Moore is my 6th cousin 6 times removed.

→ Mom 
your mother → Pvt. Garnett Hancock, WWII Veteran 
her father → Burrell H Hancock 
his father → Samuel Austin Hancock 
his father → Elizabeth Edwards Hancock 
his mother → Brice Edwards 
her father → Ambrose Edwards, Jr. 
his father → Ambrose Edwards, the Immigrant 
his father → Isabella / Elizabeth Edwards (Downing)
his mother → Sir George Downing, 2nd Baronet
her father → Sir George Downing, 1st Baronet
his father → Lucy Downing (Winthrop)
his mother → Anne Fones, (Younger)
her sister → Elizabeth Winthrop Feake Hallet
her daughter → Capt. William Hallett
her son → Elizabeth Fish
his daughter → Sarah Moore
her daughter → Bishop Benjamin Moore
her son → Clement Clarke Moore
his son

Monday, December 29, 2014


GUILLIAMS, Eunice Lorraine, 69, of Callaway, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday evening, December 14, 1995, after a lengthy and courageous battle with many complications. As she was being summoned to come home, she was surrounded by numerous loved ones and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ezekial and Ruth Nichols; an infant daughter, Anna Lee Richards; and two brothers, Alton and Billy Nichols.
She was the pillar of strength, guidance and support of her husband of forty years and to her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, all of whom brought her great joy and a twinkle to her eye. To her, worldly possessions meant little. Her greatest possessions were times spent with her family, both in adversity as well as joy.
She leaves many survivors and devoted friends as she goes to spend eternity with her Lord. Surviving are her husband, Herman L. Guilliams; sons and daughters-in-law, Norman E. and Donna Jackson Richards, Vinton, James Richards, San Francisco, Calif., Roger and Marie Richards, Bassett, Donnie Richards, Martinsville and Jimmy Lee Guilliams, Callaway; daughters and sons-in-law, Linda Gallew, Sanford, N.C., Sandra and Mike Donovant, Spencer, Debbie and Kenny Meador, Wirtz, Donna and Jeff Adkins, Chatham, Lisa and Ivy Jay Layman, III, Ferrum and Delores and Mike Agee, Rocky Mount; 21 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brothers, Gordon Nichols, New Orleans, La., Burton Nichols, Roanoke and Robert Nichols, Troutville; sisters, Tressie Sigmon, Salem, Flossie Moran, Norfolk, Annie Moran and Shirley Mauk, both of Copper Hill; several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Sunday at Piedmont Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Richard Slider officiating. Interment will follow in the Callaway Community Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Callaway Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 44, Callaway, Va. 24067 or to one's choice. Friends may call after 3 p.m. Saturday with the family receiving friends from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home and other times at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Jay Layman, Ferrum. Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service, 342 S. Main St., Rocky Mount. 1
Burial: Piedmont Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Rt. 602, 0.25 miles from Callaway, Franklin Co., Virginia 1 6

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Awards Show Sunday #SundayShowcase


With 120 contributions this month, Raymond has already earned the December Club 100 badge, to be awarded on the first day of January. Another 880 in December will upgrade it to a Club 1,000 badge.

Wiki Genealogist July  2014 Club 100 Pre-1700 June 2014 Club 1,000May 2014 Club 100 Referral March 2014 Club 100 January 2014 Club 100Blogger December 2013 Club 1,000 November 2013 Club 100 October 2013 Club 100GEDCOM Equipped September 2013 Club 100 May 2013 Club 100 Honor Code Signatory

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Muhammad, cousin of Jesus of Nazareth #SmallWorldSaturday

Prophet Muhammad of Islam (PBUH) is Jesus of Nazareth's 30th cousin 16 times removed.

Jesus of Nazareth
   →  Blessed Virgin Mary
his mother →  Saint Joachim
her father →  Matthat . .
his father →  Levi son of (ben?) Melchi
his father → Melchi ben Janna
his father →  Jannai / Jannei / Jana / Johanna bin .
his father →  Yulpath bat Simon the Just
his mother → Simeon "the Just" the Just ., High Priest
her father →  Onias I ben Juddua, High Priest
his father →  Jaddua ben Johanan, High Priest of Israel
his father → Johanan ben Jehoiadah, High Priest
his father →  Jehoiadah ben Eliashib, High Priest
his father →  Eliashib ben Joiakim, High Priest
his father → Jehoiakim ., High Priest
his father →  Joshua ., The High Priest
his father →  Yehozadak ben Seraiah, IV
his father →  Seraiah ben Azaria IV, Zadok Hakohen
his father →  Azariah IV .
his father →  Hilkiya ., Chief Priest
his father →  Shallum, III
his father →  Zadok, II High Priest
his father →  Ahitub II ben Amariah
his father → Amariah II ., High Priest
his father →  Azariah I ., Zadok HaKohen
his father →  Johanan ., High Priest
his father →  Azariah ., High Priest
his father → Ahimaaz ., High Priest
his father →  Zadok I #1 ., Fled Jerusalem with Ark of Covenant.
his father →  Ahitub I ., High Priest
his father →  Amariah I ., High Priest
his father →  Meraioth ., High Priest
his father →  Zerahiah ., High Priest
his father →  Uzzi ., High Priest
his father →  Bukki ., High Priest
his father → Abishua ., High Priest
his father →  Phineas ., High Priest
his father →  Eleazer ., High Priest
his father →  Aaron
his father →  Jochebed .
his mother → Mekhaliah / Melcha / Milka .
her mother →  Aram .
her father →  Tzovah .
his father →  Terah .
his father →  Nachor .
his father →  Melka .
his mother →  Kabar / Kaber .
her father → Joktan Qahtan ., of Syria; Clanfather of all Arabs
his brother →  Ya'rub (Yarbah) Qahtan al-Nasib ibn Qahtan
his son → Yashjub ibn Ya'rub (Father of "Pure Arabs")
his son →  Abd Shams (Sab'a) "The Great" ibn Yashjub
his son → Kahlan Abd Shams Yashjub ibn 'Abd Shams al-Hirah
his son →  Zayd ibn Kahlan
his son →  Malik ibn Zayd
his son →  Nabt ibn Malik
his son → Alghawth bin Nabt ibn Nabt
his son →  al-Azd ibs al-Gaith First King of the Azdi Kingdom
his son →  Mazin ibn al-Azd
his son →  Th'labah ibn Mazin
his son →  Imri' al-Qays ibn Th'labah
his son →  Th'labah ibn Imri' al-Qays
his son →  Hareth al-Qhitrif ibn Th'labah
his son → 'Amr Ma' Al-Sama ibn Harith Al-Ghitrif
his son →  ʿAmr Mazaykiya Tarifa ibn 'Amr Ma' Al-Sama
his son →  T̲h̲aʿlaba ibn 'Amr Mazaykiya
his son → Ḥārit̲h̲a ibn Muzaikiya
his son →  Rabīʿa ibn Ḥārit̲h̲a
his son →  ʿĀmir Luḥaiy ibn Rabīʿa
his son →  'Amr Ka'b ibn 'Amr
his son →  'Amr Salūl ibn 'Amr Ka'b
his son →  Ḥubs̲h̲īya bin Salūl al-Ḵh̲uzāʿa
his son →  Hulail bin Ḥubs̲h̲īya al-Ḵh̲uzāʿa
his son →  Ḥubbaiy "Chavah" binte Hulail al-Ḵh̲uzāʿa
his daughter → Imaam ‘Abd al-Manāf bin Imaam Quṣayy
her son →  Imaam Hashim (A'mr ul-U'la) bin Imaam ‘Abd al-Manāf
his son →  Fatima binte 'Amr al-Makhzumi
his daughter →  ʿAbd Allāh b. ʿAbd al-Muṭṭalib
her son →  Prophet Muhammad of Islam (PBUH)
his son


Friday, December 26, 2014

Tom Hanks #SantaOfTheWeek

Before he was Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks was the Santa on Polar Express, so I think he should be included in a Santa of the Week line up this December. Don't you?

And yes, he is related to Lincoln as well...
Tom Hanks is my 12th cousin twice removed.
   →  Pop 
your father →  Mamie C. Nichols (Collins) 
his mother →  Martha Collins (BARTLETT) 
her mother →  Nancy Rachel Bartlett (KING) 
her mother → Henry D. King 
her father →  Pvt. John King, Revolutionary Soldier 
his father →  John King 
his father →  Philip King 
his father →  John King 
his father →  Judith King 
his mother →  Ens. John Whitman 
her father →  Abijah "Peter" Whitman 
his father →  Elizabeth Brooke 
his sister →  Joane Foote 
her daughter →  Mary Hewes 
her daughter → Phoebe Goad 
her daughter →  John Goad 
her son →  Abraham Goad, Sr. 
his son →  Alice Ellis Dodson 
his daughter →  Alice Dale 
her daughter → Mary Elizabeth "Molly" Hanks (Dale) 
her daughter →  Thomas Hanks 
her son →  Thomas Hanks 
his son →  Daniel Boone Hanks 
his son →  Ernest Buel Hanks 
his son →  Amos Mefford Hanks 
his son →  Tom Hanks 
his son


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Jesus of Nazareth #MerryChristmas

The birth of Jesus, son of Mary, is celebrated on December 25th of every year. Jesus is the 56th great grandson of Adam and the 49th great grandson of Noah... 

"Jesus of Nazareth (c. 5 BC/BCE – c. 30 AD/CE),[3] also known as Jesus Christ or simply Jesus, is the central figure of Christianity, which views him as the Messiah foretold in the Old Testament, with most Christian denominations believing him to be the Son of God and God incarnate who was raised from the dead.[6] Islam considers Jesus a prophet and also the Messiah.[7] Several other religions revere him in some way. He is one of the most influential figures in human history.
The principal sources of information regarding Jesus' life and teachings are the four canonical gospels, especially the Synoptic Gospels,[8][9] though some scholars argue such texts as the Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of the Hebrews [10][11] are also relevant.[12]
Most critical scholars in biblical studies believe that some parts of the New Testament are useful for reconstructing Jesus' life,[13][14][15][16] agreeing that Jesus was a Jew who was regarded as a teacher and healer, that he was baptized by John the Baptist, and was crucified in Jerusalem on the orders of the Roman Prefect of Judaea, Pontius Pilate, on the charge of sedition against the Roman Empire.[17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28] Aside from these few conclusions, academic debate continues regarding the chronology, the central message of Jesus' preaching, his social class, cultural environment, and religious orientation.[12] Critical scholars have offered competing descriptions of Jesus as a self-described Messiah, as the leader of an apocalyptic movement, as an itinerant sage, as a charismatic healer, and as the founder of an independent religious movement. Most contemporary scholars of the historical Jesus consider him to have been an independent, charismatic founder of a Jewish restoration movement, anticipating an imminent apocalypse.[29] Other prominent scholars, however, contend that Jesus' "Kingdom of God" meant radical personal and social transformation instead of a future apocalypse.[29]
Christians predominantly believe that Jesus is the "Son of God" (generally meaning that he is God the Son, the second person in the Trinity) who came to provide salvation and reconciliation with God by his death for their sins.[30]:568-603 Christians traditionally believe that Jesus was born of a virgin,[30]:529-532 performed miracles,[30]:358-359 founded the Church, rose from the dead, and ascended into Heaven,[30]:616-620 from which he will return.[30]:1091-1109 While the doctrine of the Trinity is accepted by most Christians, a few groups reject the doctrine of the Trinity, wholly or partly, as non-scriptural.[31] Most Christian scholars today present Jesus as the awaited Messiah[32] and as God.
In Islam, Jesus (Arabic: عيسى‎, commonly transliterated as Isa) is considered one of God's important prophets,[33][34] a bringer of scripture, and a worker of miracles. Jesus is also called "Messiah", but Islam does not teach that he was divine. Islam teaches that Jesus ascended bodily to heaven without experiencing the crucifixion and resurrection,[35] rather than the traditional Christian belief of the death and resurrection of Jesus."   


Adam is Jesus of Nazareth's 56th great grandfather.
Jesus of Nazareth
   →  Blessed Virgin Mary
his mother →  Saint Joachim
her father →  Matthat . .
his father →  Levi son of (ben?) Melchi
his father → Melchi ben Janna
his father →  Jannai / Jannei / Jana / Johanna bin .
his father →  Yulpath bat Simon the Just
his mother → Simeon "the Just" the Just ., High Priest
her father →  Onias I ben Juddua, High Priest
his father →  Jaddua ben Johanan, High Priest of Israel
his father → Johanan ben Jehoiadah, High Priest
his father →  Jehoiadah ben Eliashib, High Priest
his father →  Eliashib ben Joiakim, High Priest
his father → Jehoiakim ., High Priest
his father →  Joshua ., The High Priest
his father →  Yehozadak ben Seraiah, IV
his father →  Seraiah ben Azaria IV, Zadok Hakohen
his father →  Azariah IV .
his father →  Hilkiya ., Chief Priest
his father →  Shallum, III
his father →  Zadok, II High Priest
his father →  Ahitub II ben Amariah
his father → Amariah II ., High Priest
his father →  Azariah I ., Zadok HaKohen
his father →  Johanan ., High Priest
his father →  Azariah ., High Priest
his father → Ahimaaz ., High Priest
his father →  Zadok I #1 ., Fled Jerusalem with Ark of Covenant.
his father →  Ahitub I ., High Priest
his father →  Amariah I ., High Priest
his father →  Meraioth ., High Priest
his father →  Zerahiah ., High Priest
his father →  Uzzi ., High Priest
his father →  Bukki ., High Priest
his father → Abishua ., High Priest
his father →  Phineas ., High Priest
his father →  Eleazer ., High Priest
his father →  Aaron
his father →  Jochebed .
his mother → Mekhaliah / Melcha / Milka .
her mother →  Aram .
her father →  Tzovah .
his father →  Terah .
his father →  Nachor .
his father →  Melka .
his mother →  Kabar / Kaber .
her father → Eber .
his father →  Shelah .
his father →  Arpachshad King of Arrapachtis .
his father →  Sedeqetelebab Ollo .
his mother →  Eliakim .
her father →  Edna .
his mother → Baraka .
her mother →  Rashujal .
her father →  Cainan .
his father →  Enosh .
his father →  Azûrâ / Aklia / Akilia / Aklemia .
his mother →  Adam
her father

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

#WeblogWednesday Genealogy Gems 2

http://thepowerwithinus.weebly.com/familyhistoryfridays by Rachel Koko

http://heart2heartstories.com/index-of-blog-posts/  by Helen Y. Holshouser

http://findingourancestors.com  Terri O'Connell

http://hollingsworthrobbinsfamilytree.blogspot.com HollingsworthRobbinsFamilyTree by Linda Robbins

http://spartanroots.wordpress.com/   SpartanRoots.wordpress.com by Carol Kostakos Petranek (Greek Genealogy)

http://wereallrelative.com/ ... We're All Relative by Cynthia Berryman

http://genealogybyjeanne.blogspot.com/ ... Genealogical Gems by Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman
http://thewordspinner.wordpress.com by Lisa Anne Taylor
http://www.yvetteportermoore.com by Yvette Porter Moore

http://www.theallengazette.com by Susannah Allen

http://ancestorsinthenews.blogspot.com/ Leslie Ann

http://lostmementos.blogspot.com/ Leslie Ann

http://pursuitofjoe.blogspot.com/ Leslie Ann

http://ancestorslivehere.blogspot.com/ Leslie Ann

http://www.onebranchatatime.com Linda O'Donnell; personal genealogy blog & tips

http://6grantcounty.blogspot.com/ Mary Dutcher Knapp; Grant County, Wisconsin

http://littleoakblog.wordpress.com Heather Lisa Dubnick

http://www.geneartistry.com Sarah Svard Ashley

http://www.Ancestorsoup.blogspot.com Karen Seeman

88 http://blog.genealogybank.com Mary Harrell-Sesniak

**http://lifefromtheroots.blogspot.com/ Barbara Poole (covers New England)
http://genealogicaldetours.blogspot.com/ Rhonda Bridges Trueman NC, SC, TN, VA, and general genealogy

** http://thehistoryinterpreter.wordpress.com/latest-news-from-the-history-interpreter/ Janet Braund Few
** http://rootsbranchesandnuts.blogspot.com Beverly McGowan Norman

** http://zangarigenealogy.blogspot.com Vincint Zangari / Zangari Genealogy / Maricopa Genealogy Experts

** http://mytrueroots.blogspot.com True A. Lewis

** http://meandmyancestors.blogspot.com/ Mary Hartmann-Bowden

** http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/ Heather Wilkinson Rojo

** http://www.cowhampshireblog.com/ Janice Webster Brown

** http://www.reflectionsfromthefence.blogspot.com/ Carol (Aka, Carol A. Bowen Stevens)

** http://www.oldbonesgenealogy.com/blog Eileen Souza

** http://blog.transylvaniandutch.com John Newmark


** http://mymaineancestry.blogspot.com Pam Carter

http://cardermayes.weebly.com/blog.html Deborah Carder Mayes

http://FamilyHistoryResearchByJody.blogspot.com Jody Lutter

http://www.NoStoryTooSmall.com Amy Johnson Crow

http://www.diggingdowneast.blogspot.com Pam Schaffner

http://demancestralbones.wordpress.com Barbara Butts-Harakal

http://genealogicalhistoryresearch.blogspot.com/ Genealogical Research: past, present, future... Selma Blackmon

http://www.jenealogy.biz/blog Jennifer Alford

http://yourjewishgem.blogspot.com/ Marilyn Robinson

http://talkingboxgenealogy.com Danni Altman-Newell

http://edesorbanfamily.wordpress.com/ Diane Edes

http://oldstonesundeciphered.blogspot.com/ Lisa Wallen Logsdon

http://OneRhodeIslandFamily.com Diane Boumenot

http://www.who-knew-it.blogspot.com Debi Austen

http://frommainetokentucky.blogspot.com/ Elizabeth Handler
http://jewishgenealogyjourney.blogspot.com/ Elizabeth Handler

http://genealogybyginger.blogspot.com Ginger R. Smith

http://oldtrunkintheattic.blogspot.com/ Laura Mattingly

http://kanabel.blogspot.com/ Juli Whittaker

http://marshallgenealogy.blogspot.com/ Juli Whittaker
http://williamsfamilyroots.blogspot.com/ Juli Whittaker
http://cope-lemons.blogspot.com/ Juli Whittaker

http://janasgenealogyandfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/ Jana Iverson Last

http://openingdoorsinbrickwalls.wordpress.com/ Cathy Meder-Dempsey

http://bembryroots.com/ Kelly Bembry Midura
http://longwaytotennessee.wordpress.com Kelly Bembry Midura
http://howdidigetherefromafricatonc.blogspot.com Minnie Becton


http://gordonfamhistory.wordpress.com/ Penny Gordon

http://rootstories.wordpress.com/ Tiffiny Neal

http://genealogywithvalerie.wordpress.com/ Valerie Hughes


http://so-many-ancestors.blogspot.com/ Beth Gatlin

http://tjlgenes.blogspot.com / Travis LeMaster

http://tangledrootsandtrees.blogspot.com/ Schalene Dagutis

http://fullcirclefamilyhistory.blogspot.co.uk/ Jo Tillin

http://weallhaveskeletons.wordpress.com/Annette Poland Bergeron

http://starryblackness.wordpress.com/about/ Lynne Black
http://barbs01.blogspot.com.au/  Barbara Kernos

http://kowalski-bellan.weebly.com/the-spiraling-chains     Emily Kowalski Schroeder
http://kowalski-bellan.weebly.com/growing-little-leaves    Emily Kowalski Schroeder

http://ballbureau.blogspot.ca  Karen Ball-Pyatt

http://jinsalacoblog.wordpress.com/about/     Jeanne Bryan Insalaco

http://untameablegenealogy.wordpress.com/  Lacey Holley

http://pk-pollyblog.blogspot.com Polly FitzGerald Kimmitt, CG

http://genealogyjunkie.blogspot.com/  Terri Buster

http://geneadiva.blogspot.com/     Margaret Tull

http://theroadbackward.com/  Karen Howes

http://genealogycorner.wordpress.com/  Susan Messler

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myra #FamilyTreeTuesday

This week Christians all over the world will be celebrating Christmas,  the holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus. However, most children will simply be anticipating the arrival of Santa Claus. Did you know that Santa Claus, or Saint Nick, is based a a real person?
St. Nicholas was born in Lycia, Asia Minor, and died as Bishop of Myra in 352. He performed many miracles and exercised a special power over flames. When he heard that a father who had fallen into poverty was about to expose his three daughters to a life of sin, Nicholas took a bag of gold and secretly flung it through the window into the room of the sleeping father. In this way, the three girls were dowered and saved from mortal sin and hell.
The story of Saint Nicholas came to America in distorted fashion. The Dutch Protestants carried a popularized version of the saint’s life to New Amsterdam, portraying Nicholas as nothing more than a Nordic magician and wonder-worker. Our present-day conception of Santa Claus has grown from this version. Catholics should think of Nicholas as a saint, a confessor of the faith and the bishop of Myra — not merely as a jolly man from the North Pole who brings happiness to small children. Many countries and locations honor St. Nicholas as patron: Greece, Russia, the Kingdom of Naples, Sicily, Lorraine, and many cities in Italy, Germany, Austria, and Belgium.
Source: Most of this information comes from St. Nicholas Center.
His profile is included in the Saints project on Geni.             

Monday, December 22, 2014




Friday, December 19, 2014

Family History 101 #FamilyHistoryFriday

So family history is your new interest and you don't know where to begin; might I suggest hugging a tree. A family tree that is. When I started my first tree I talked to Ma and Pa and found out everything they knew about their Mas and Pas and their Mas and Pas and so forth and things started to come together pretty quick after that, plus there were a lot of other family history researchers in the family that had info on my tree and knowledge is power.

1. INTERVIEWS. The first thing you need to build a family tree is roots. Talk to people who know people. Take notes, literally. I have notebooks full of them. 

2. TREES. making your first tree in your notebooks is a start, but eventually you may heed something bigger and more organized. I bought the Family Tree for Dummies package which came with software that is very useful and user friendly. Also, you can get software online at MyHeritage and Ancestry. Oh, yeah and always download the GEDCOM for backup when you are done. You can get a free tree builder at http://www.myheritage.com/family-tree-builder to work on offline or you can make a tree online at Ancestry or Geni or WikiTree of FamilySearch. I recommend using them all. GEDCOMs can be made and downloaded at MyHeritage and Ancestry and Geni and WikiTree too. It doesnt hurt to have more than one...

3. Save your sources and document them. Print them too if you can. Hard copies are always great for scrapbooks...   

4. Research. Family history sites like Ancestry and Family Search and My Heritage and Geni can help you find answers to the unanswered questions that pop up from time to time, and it does not hurt to have other researchers working on your lines to consult with. Look for genealogy groups at all your favorite social networks too.  

5. Take notes and lots of them. Those notebooks will come in handy later.  

Best of luck on your research and happy hunting. Now go grow that tree.

Billy Bob Thornton #SantaOfTheWeek

Billy Bob Thornton is my fifth great aunt's first cousin 8 times removed's wife's ex-husband.

   →  Mom 
your mother →  Pvt. Garnett Hancock, WWII Veteran 
her father →  Ida Mae Hancock 
his mother →  Robert Lee Linville 
her father → Moses Linville, Jr. 
his father →  Thomas Linville, I 
his father →  William D. Linville 
his brother →  Eleanor "Nelly" Linville (Bryan) 
his wife →  Martha Hatchett Bryan 
her mother →  Samuel Strode 
her brother →  Martha Pitts 
his daughter →  John Pitts, II 
her son →  James Pitts 
his son →  William Pitts 
his son →  Thomas Monroe Pitt 
his son → Oliver Brown Pitt 
his son →  Alvin Monroe Pitt 
his son →   Pitt 
his son →  Brad Pitt 
his son →  Angelina Jolie 
his wife →  Billy Bob Thornton 
her ex-husband


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