Mystery Women

Genealogy research isn't always easy. Most of the time it takes some creative thinking to find new way to get to the answer of the question being asked, especially as you get further back in time. Records can become thin or non-existent due to war or natural disaster. Sometimes you only have a name, sometimes …

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Re-Union

My maternal grandparents married each other twice. Rayford Haney Wilson, or Ray, was born to Lafayette Russell Wilson and Ida Lou Verna Wakefield on 15 October 1915 in Nauvoo, Walker County, Alabama. Ray was the fourth of six children and the second boy. Lafayette worked at different times as a reverend,  farmer, teacher, and government …

The Battle of Alamance

The Battle of Alamance in the colony of North Carolina was unknown to me until my husband and I started sharing our family history with each other. One of his ancestors, Samuel Flake, fought in this pre-American Revolution battle for independence from corrupt government practices. As early as 1765, rural North Carolinian colonists united against …

Derry Diary

Dear County Derry, Can a place hold memories? John Carmichael was my 4th great-grandfather. Do you remember him? He was born within your borders just outside the town of Dungiven on 11 June 1774. It's thought his parents were Archibald and Isabella (Dunlap) Carmichael (although I haven't found definitive proof of them). John and his …

The Name Game

Family names as middle names has been a tradition in my family for at least three generations: both my parents have their mother's maiden names as middle names, my sister and I share middle names with our grandmothers, and my children's middle names reflect names from our family trees. While not unique to our family, …