Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend the Grave Dedication Ceremony for Sergeant John Oliver Jinkins (1836 – 1889).   He served in Company G, 26th Mississippi Infantry Regiment for the Confederate States of America.  The ceremony was quite interesting.  A brief history of Sgt. Jinkin’s service was given by his great great  grand daughter.  A  […]


I should have some excuse for the time that has passed since my last blog.  There really isn’t a good one.  Life and summer took over and swept me away.  With the onset of fall, things have been slowing down and I am able to once again sit and place thoughts onto paper; hopefully, more […]

Lineage Societies

A lineage society is an organization where membership is based upon your ancestor’s participation in a particular event.  In some cases, membership is limited to direct line descendants; in other cases, collateral ancestors can be considered.  Membership is granted upon the approval of an application which supports and proves your relationship to the participating ancestor.  […]

Yes, I did!

My husband and I just got back from a wonderful vacation!  We leisurely drove through parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and South Dakota.  While we were in Keystone, South Dakota, I learned that Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane were buried in Deadwood, South Dakota, just 45 miles away!  So yes, I asked my husband […]


In August 2012, I adopted a new born kitten that had been abandoned by its mother.  Doodlebug was about 2 days old when I got her and I kept her fed, clean, and warm.  She is now 8 months old and is a very petite kitty.  She is never far away from me and sleeps […]

Behind every great man…

…is a great woman. Last weekend my husband and I spent the afternoon locating tombstones.  We went to a small cemetery near Adamsville, Texas looking for graves of four people.  We were unsuccessful on three, but we were able to locate the grave of Matilda Jennings. Matilda’s marker is difficult to read, there is some […]

Dead end…the unknown ancestor

For some people, genealogy is a hobby, for others, it is a passion.  I fall in the passion spectrum of genealogy research.  I can spend hours, sometimes days, looking for documentation on an individual.  One of the things I learned in my recent class was that a genealogist needs to know when to quit.  There […]

Domesday Book

As a genealogist, the United States Census records provide an invaluable amount of information.  In the US, the taking of a census started in 1790 when 650 US Marshalls went house to house, unannounced, taking the name of the head of house and counting all other residents.  The England Census began regularly in 1801 and […]

Anglo-Saxon Chronicle

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle is a collection of annals in Old English chronicling the history of the Anglo-Saxons. Nine manuscripts survive in whole or in part, though not all are of equal historical value and none of them is the original version.  Seven of the nine surviving manuscripts and fragments now reside in the British Library. […]


I wanted my first post of the year to be my announcement of my grades after the completion of the Boston University Genealogical Research Program. So I waited, and waited, and waited.  The grades were due to arrive in January with the certificate from the class coming in February.  I decided to check early February […]