My Ancestor Did That?! The Ladies’ Turn

I had a lot of fun with the recent post My Ancestor Did That?!! . It was a fun way to think about my ancestors’ lives.

Now it’s time for the Ladies’ Turn at My Ancestor Did That?!! The list is shorter this time around. Information about the women in the family tree is harder […]

Answers to “My Ancestor Did That?!”

Here are the answers to the last post My Ancestors Did That?!

How many did you get right?

Great grandfathers:

One was good with numbers. – Silas Baker Carr

One couldn’t hold a job. – Silas Baker Carr

One was a horse trader. – James Abe White

One never left the farm. – Bossy Talbott


Cecile’s Scrapbook Fifth Installment

This is the fifth installment in the series Cecile’s Scrapbook, the scrapbook of my grandmother while in her teens.

March 16, 1934 – The Junior-Senior Dinner

This page really speaks for itself. Taped onto the page is this handmade booklet/program for the Junior-Senior dinner that evening. I have kept the pictures large to make it […]

Cecile’s Scrapbook – Third Installment

C W Scrapbook p5

This is the third installment in the series of Cecile’s Scrapbook. You can see the previous posts here and here.

Is this not a great picture?

Baby Cecil White’s photograph would have been take sometime during 1917. Notice at the bottom of the page, her sister Violet’s photograph is missing. I wonder if Grandmom […]

What I Learned From a Delayed Birth Certificate

A return address for the Surry County register of deeds on a plain white envelope made my genealogy heart go pitter patter. In that envelope was the delayed birth certificate for my maternal grandmother Cecile Clara White.

I am most fortunate to have grown up knowing my grandmother. I spent many summers with her […]

Cecile’s Scrapbook

Below are the beginning pages of Cecile Clara White’s teenage scrapbook. You can read more about Cecile and her scrapbook here. If you are a Surry County, NC researcher, you may find familiar names listed below. I do not know the identity or the relationship they had to my grandmother and her family.

If you […]

Where Did I File That?

I was going to entitle this post “Gathering the Documents”, but this title seems to work so much better(!).

I have started gathering the documents needed to prove my lineage and join the DAR. I need to prove the birth, marriage and death (if applicable) dates for each generation back to James Harward. That shouldn’t […]

Cajabeth White

Cajabeth White


For quite some time now I and another researcher (Hi, Jack!) have been researching our White family ancestors. As you can imagine, researching men with the surname of White in NC and VA is a bit daunting. Needless to say, Cajabeth White has proven to be the “brick wall” in the White family […]

Searching For Ancestors in Boydton, VA

Mecklenburg County Courthouse

I do love researching my ancestors in county courthouses. This week I got to spend time in the Mecklenburg County, VA courthouse in Boydton, VA.

Mecklenburg County Courthouse

A beautiful drive up through rural NC and VA led me to the historic town of Boydton, VA. Inside the records room is very modern. […]

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