Category Archives: Genealogy General

Mom – Diana (Dee) Lee Cork Kemp Turner Joy Sybrandt (1943-2011)

In honor of Women’s History Month, I wanted to remember my Mother on what would have been her 73rd birthday. Ours was a complicated relationship; while we always shared a love for one another, sometimes we had a difficult time … Continue reading

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When Someone Doesn’t Like Your Ancestor

It shouldn’t be surprising that our ancestors were not universally loved, even the most virtuous of them. Therefore, when we are writing a biography of an ancestor, how do we include their bad press? Watching the political race this season … Continue reading

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The Temperance Movement and Rev. John McNair

Sort of the opposite of “got me at hello” huh?  Napping yet?  No guilt, that was how I felt when I got to the temperance section of the book I am writing about Rev. John McNair.  But without a doubt, … Continue reading

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Civil War Tax Lists on Ancestry.com

I have recently been working with the Civil War Federal Tax Lists on Ancestry.com and on the off-chance you haven’t used them, I thought a quick overview might be beneficial. I have been surprised by how many of my ancestors could … Continue reading

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Conflicting Evidence: When Did Rev. John McNair Get Married?

A woman ought to know her own wedding anniversary right?  But what if the minister’s records and a letter from the bride conflict?  That is what happens for Susan Adeline Hunt McNair.  When asked for her marriage date to Reverend … Continue reading

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Our Ancestors Ghosts Reaching Out

There are hundreds of stories among genealogists of inexplicable coincidences and miracles that lead to finding dead ancestors, live distant cousins, or stories hidden for years. I loved the one about a young English girl who was planting a sunflower … Continue reading

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William McNair (1798-1776) and the Road Less Traveled

We are taught not to have too many assumptions in genealogy, but one custom that is generally true, is that the oldest son inherits the family farm from his father.  When he does not inherit and follow the pattern, there … Continue reading

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