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Newspapers: Early Social Media

Newspapers are an often forgot resource to family history seekers. Accessibility is an issue, but local libraries, newspapers.com and Chronicling America are a few access points. I recently lucked up while searching for "J.W. Dial" on newspapers.com. (Tip: put your ancestor's name in quotation marks to search for their exact name - "J.W. Dial", "Dial, … Continue reading Newspapers: Early Social Media

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Discussion of Facts: Dennis Manuscript by R.A. Dennis

This blog post is the first in a series I plan to write on the Dennis family. (Part 1) Last updated August 23, 2017 Henry Dennis, who married Lafatia "Patience" Parker, is well-documented in a manuscript written by descendant Rufus A. Dennis in 1940. You can find it here on the USGenNet page for Cannon … Continue reading Discussion of Facts: Dennis Manuscript by R.A. Dennis

Timeline: Aaron Records in Early Stewart County, Tennessee

This post was originally created 1/18/17 under my post for Henderson Aaron. It makes more sense for this post to be on a different page.  Henderson Aaron was my third great-grandfather who lived in Stewart County, Tennessee. His parents are unknown. The most likely candidates are Rachel and John Aaron. I do not know where … Continue reading Timeline: Aaron Records in Early Stewart County, Tennessee

Famous Cousins: I’m Related to Luke Bryan?!

Have you downloaded the "We're Related" app from Ancestry? The free app compares your Ancestry family tree to those of celebrities to tell you which famous people you're related to. However, I would caution taking many of the matches seriously. The app has matched me with many famous people, but when I view our common … Continue reading Famous Cousins: I’m Related to Luke Bryan?!

Newsom’s Mill Ruins – Bellevue, Tennessee

Newsom's Mill is tucked away in Davidson County, Tennessee in the Bellevue area. The gristmill was built in 1862 by Joseph M. Newsom. The original mill was built upstream in the late 1700s by William Newsom, Joseph's father. It was destroyed by a flood in 1808. Today, visitors can see the ruins and Harpeth River, … Continue reading Newsom’s Mill Ruins – Bellevue, Tennessee