When Family History Falls Into Your Lap

Elma Talbott - ~1923

Sometimes family history just falls into your lap.


Elma Talbott – ~1923

I have been working little by little to scan all my great grandmother Esther Richardson Talbott’s letters and correspondence.  I’m making good progress with this project.

As I was preparing to scan a June 1923  letter from Bossy Talbott to his [...]

Where Third Cousins Meet

I thought about titling this post:

This Is Why I Blog

I met Laura and Ruth recently in August.

Third Cousins Laura and Lisa

Earlier in August Laura contacted me because she had found her great grandfather Britton Howard mentioned here on my blog.  Britton Howard was the brother of Connie Howard, my great [...]

I’m Still Here!

It is safe to say that over the summer my blogging has been sporadic. I really had no intention of taking a summer blogging break, but well, summer happened…

…And a LOT of genealogy happened!

It came from many different sources and from several family lines.  Some of the information I actively sought, other bits [...]

Utiley Jane Harward

Utiley J Harward

The above is an from the Harward Family Bible.  Until this week, I never knew the real identity of this individual.  I was not able to decipher the first name. I was not even sure if this person was a male or a female. The general consensus of my Harward (Howard) [...]

Serendipitous Genealogy – Finding Oral History Where You Least Expect It

Don’t you just love it when you stumble across a bit of family history when you are not even looking for it?

Signing onto Ancestry.com to do a quick look up, I noticed another researcher had downloaded a photograph of Caswell and Mary Adline Harward – my GGG grandparents from Moore County, NC now Lee [...]

DAR – It’s Official!

Back in January I started the application process to join the DAR.  I gathered the necessary paperwork on my Revolutionary War ancestor James Harward from Wake County, NC.

Look what came in the mail recently.….

My DAR New Member Information

James is in the DAR database under the spelling Harwood.  As with many [...]

This Has Nothing To Do With Genealogy…

….But it sure was fun!

We headed to Canada for vacation this summer. We enjoyed a  nice visit with friends and seeing the sights of Niagara Falls – from both the Canadian and the American sides. Of course a trip up close and personal to the Canadian Falls on the Maid of the Mist was [...]

Mom Takes Another Roadtrip……

…to Halifax, Virginia! (Cue the music…On the road again…)

Halifax County, VA Courthouse

The Halifax County, VA courthouse is perhaps my favorite place to research!

I checked in at the front desk where a very nice worker inquired if I had done research at the courthouse before.  When I informed her that I had, [...]

While the Children are Away…..

Danville, VA Post Office

…Mom takes a road trip (or two!).

I love getting away from my computer to research genealogy! While I love researching with my computer, it’s nice to get away and talk to real people.

Last week I headed up to Danville, VA.  In the Danville public library the Virginia-North Carolina [...]

From Unknown to Known

Thanks to an Elliott cousin one of the unknown photographs has been identified.  (Thanks, Cynthia!)

Mary Elizabeth “Bettie” Scott


Mary Elizabeth “Bettie” Scott was the daughter of Robert Moore Scott and Susan Watkins Edwards of Clarksville, Virginia.  She was born 12 Jan 1834 and died 05 Jan 1912.  Mary Elizabeth married Campbell Barnett [...]

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