Monthly Archives: May 2012

what you can find when you’re looking…

This is something of both a sad and sentimental photo to me.  The older couple on the front row are Grandpa Jack and Grandma Caroline.  The lady on the left in the back row is Aunt Tince, their daughter.  The one on the right is Granma Molly, next to her husband Granpa Elmore.

In the 1900 census, Molly and Elmore are both listed as single.  But in the 1910 census, Elmore is listed as married to Tince (Frances was her given name).  So what happened?  What’s the story?

Evidently here’s what happened.  Elmore married Molly in about 1901 from what I can tell of records and all.  (This picture looks to be about 1901/1902 based on their child’s age in it.)  In 1910, the census records Elmore and Tince as having been married for one year, since 1909.  So obviously this means that Molly must have passed away before 1909 in that case.  Again, what happened?

The Georgia public libraries have what is called The Georgia Room, where older records and books are kept on reserve for research.  Most of these pertain to either that county or another county or the state at large.  I went to the Georgia Room located at the Cobb County Main Branch a while back.  I was thrilled to find a cemetery book for Worth county, since I knew I had family buried there.  I found several people in the index that I looked up.  I made copies of pages to keep with my records.  I even browsed the pages for the rest of that cemetery and managed to find a few other family members!  I was shocked and saddened to find Granma Molly though.  She was buried next to a child and Elmore.  She had passed away on July 3, 1908, as had the child born that day.  The baby is just referred to on the headstone as “Infant.”

So while this story may seem sad, it has something of a “happy resolution” for me.  Now I know what happened.  Now I have the story.  Now I can share.

And I have more to share… but that’s another story for another day…

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“Aunt Donna started it!!!”

No, really.  My Aunt Donna’s the one who started the whole genealogy thing in my family.  Way back when I was little, I remember her getting a frame family tree.  It was so very pretty with all the names in the actual “shape” of a tree and everything.

My mom’s side of the family (Aunt Donna is her sister) has always been more into family history and the likes.  So I never really knew much at all about my dad’s side.  Don’t get me wrong, I grew up knowing both of my families.  (Granpa, my mom’s dad, was a bit of an exception, but that’s another story.)  I knew my grandparents’ names, and even some of their siblings and my great grandparents’ names.

But I really started wondering.  Where did we come from?  Had we always been in Georgia?  I think that’s really why I got started doing my father’s genealogy.  I was curious to get some idea of who they were and where they came from.

Turns out, it looks like we’re pretty all-American.  From what I can tell, we came from England to Virginia in about 1620.  Sometime before the Civil War, they moved to Georgia and have pretty much been there ever since.  Well, up until my dad, that is.  I’ve also managed to do some work on my paternal grandmother’s side as well.  Turns out, they were in Alabama at one point!  It’s been nice using some census records and “random” family trees to fill it all in.

The digging has been such fun that I’ve started doing it for others.  I’ve worked on my husbands, both sides.  And I’ve done a few coworkers and friends.  I think it’s the “thrill of the hunt” for all the names and dates that’s so exciting and captivating for me!

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