My Valentines ❤️

My Valentines ❤️️ – Charles William Norman & Dalsie Mabel Mills, my parents. This picture was taken in 1956 at a state fair, before they married. They both were about 24 years old. My dad was killed in a vehicle crash in 1979 (I was 16). My mom never remarried & lived until 2009. She always said that my dad was the “only man she ever loved.” Their marriage was not perfect — far from it — but their love always prevailed. They taught their children to “do unto others as you would have done unto you”, love from the heart, reach for your dreams and God is great — they showed us how to live, love & laugh. 💕They will always be my Valentines. #family #parents #dad #mom #valentines #livelovelaugh #godisgreat #followyourdreams #genealogy #jennealogy #myjennealogy

One of my Favorite Veterans

Floyd Mayhue Mills & his wife Anne Elizabeth Cole Mills. This picture taken at Fort Smith Arkansas in 1944. Floyd was about 32 years old & Anne would have been about 30. Floyd & Anne are my maternal grandparents. Thank you for your service granddad & great American values that your family still upholds & appreciates. 💕 #jennealogy #wwiivet #veterans #veteransday2016 #grandparents #proud #american #myjennealogy

IT’S QUITE A LINE-UP!!! The FREE Genealogy Webinars Announced for 2017

The folks over at the Legacy Family Tree Webinars are doing a great job of providing amazing educational webinars for genealogist at all levels. They have just released their 2017 Legacy Faminnovationily Tree Webinar Series.  This is a series of several webinars each month by expert and interesting genealogy lecturers/teachers.  High quality speakers, talking on interesting topics for genealogist & it’s FREE.  Whether you sign up for one (1) class or all 76 classes — it’s FREE.  Each webinar is scheduled for about an hour & a half (1 1/2 hours).

SO — with this wonderful opportunity I have already put things in motion to help me achieve a NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION! — yep! I registered for at least one (1) webinar each month of 2017.  A little investing in myself . . . .  I will be learning from some of my favorites, including Judy Russell, Thomas MacEntee, Diahan Southard, Lisa Louise Cooke, Lisa Alzo, Jill Morelli, Geoffrey Rasmussen, Angela Packer McGhie, Cyndi Ingle, and Mary Hill.

Register now for free (what a great Christmas!! & New Years!).    CLICK HERE to go to their website and register for your favorite “genea-lebrities” or your favorite genealogy subject matter.   Want to register for more than one class at a time ?  CLICK HERE to signup for all you favs at one time.

—  oh yea ….. spread the joy before the classes fill up & share with only your closest genealogy friends.

 

 

2016 New Year’s Resolution – Organize My Genealogy!

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With 2016 just around the corner, I am thinking about New Year’s Resolutions for my genealogy life (plus other areas).  The start of a new year seems to be the perfect time to focus on organizing those mounds of loose papers and files.  I have “started organizing” them several times.  It sometimes feels like I have reorganized so many times that I am unsure what I have, much less where I put it.

Organizing my genealogy is a MUST-DO and is number one for my genealogy New Year’s Resolutions!

Lucky for me — and others like me — Thomas MacEntee over at Geneabloggers is offering great assistance and a plan with a monthly focus over the 2016 year.

During 2015,  MacEntee had released several “weekly” topics/lessons to help family researchers hit the “RESET” button and clean-up accumulated pieces.  I really wanted to do this – but failed miserably – probably due to the pace of the topics (weekly) and the juggling of the rest of my life (full-time job and family).  I am hoping that a year’s plan with a monthly topic is the answer.  It should provide the added emphasis that I need, at a reasonable pace.

MacEntee’s long awaited Genealogy Do-Over Workbook  will be available through Amazon.com on Monday, December 28th. A Kindle version should be available for about $5.99, making it a “must have”.   This will be a wonderful resource to help me get a jumpstart on the plan.

Then starting Friday, January 1, 2016, at the Genealogy Do-Over Blog  , MacEntee will be posting a lesson/topic  each month for the entire year of 2016.

For more information and a listing of the yearly topics click over to check out the post from MacEntee:

The Genealogy Do-Over: 2016 Topics

The Genealogy Do-Over switches to a monthly format for topics in 2016 – here is the lineup.

2016 Monthly Topics/Lineup

 

Tennessee’s County Records

image_stacks_of_genealogy_recordsLooking for County Records in Tennessee?  here’s a list  of dates when records were lost or destroyed  because of courthouse fires or other disasters in Tennessee counties … Amazing – my family’s county — Maury — has never lost records because of disasters, i.e. fire, tornado, etc… clink this link to check your Tennessee county.  http://ow.ly/UgzC0

Nelly Gilliam

Gilliam, Miss Neil, single, born 18 Oct 1883 in Maury, died 10 Jan. 1928 of uraemia coma due to nephritis; buried Morton Cemetery, daughter of Jim Gilliam, born in Maury, and Nancy Miller, born in Maury; information by Mrs. Pearl Hardison, Route 9, Lewisburg, Tenn.

SOURCE: Jill Garrett’s Maury County Genealogist, Vol. 2 – 1973, pg 69, copied from Record of Deaths, Book 8, District 4, 1922-1928.

MyJennealogy Note: Nelly Gilliam was the daughter of James Riley Gilliam and Nancy Miller.  This is my 1st cousin 3x removed.

John Henry Gilliam

“Death’s Harvest.

Aged 97 Years.

John H. Gilliam died last Friday, Jan. 14, at his home near Leftwich in the 3rd district of this county. Deceased had lived to the ripe old age of 97 years, having first seen the light of day in Wythe County, Virginia, on the 24th day of November, 1800, a little over a year after the death of George Washington. When 8 years of age, he, with his father and mother and three other children, moved to Tennessee and settled near Rock Spring in this county, at which time this section of the country was very sparsedly settled. Shortly after the closing of the Civil War, he moved to the 3rd district, where he has since lived. He leaves one sister, Mrs. Nancy Hardison, who will soon be 83 years old, and one son and daughter, who have both passed the marks of “three score years and ten.” His second wife, who is 73 years old, also survives him. The funeral services were conducted at the residence and the burial took place in the (Robert) Hardison graveyard near Rock Spring.”.

SOURCE: Columbia Herald, January 21, 1898.

MyJennealogy Note:  This is my 4th great grandfather.

Lutie May Whitehead Harmon

Harmon, Lutie May, married, born 29 Aug. 1886, in Maury, died 4 July 1926 of intestinal obstruction, cause unknown; buried Hardison Cemetery; daughter of J. D. Whitehead, born in Maury, and Lucindy Wood, born in West Tennessee; information by Mrs. J. A. Hendrix, Lewisburg, Tenn.

SOURCE: Jill Garrett’s Maury County Genealogist, Vol. 2 – 1973, pg 67, originally copied from Record of Deaths, Book 8, District 4, 1922-1928, Maury County, Tennessee

MyJennealogy Note:  Lutie May Whitehead was married to Luther Martin Harmon. Their son, Joe Martin Harmon was married to Ethel Mills.  This is the mother-in-law of my grand aunt, Ethel Elizabeth Mills Harmon.

Thomas P. Hardison

Hardison, Thomas P., single, born 21 Oct. 1845 in Maury, died 20 jan. 1925 of influenza; buried Hardison Cemetery; son of Robert Hardison, born in Maury, and Nancy Gilliam, born in Maury; information by Mrs. W.L. Gilliam, Route 5, Columbia.

SOURCE: Jill Garrett’s Maury County Genealogist, Vol. 2 – 1973, pg 61, originally copied from Record of Deaths, Book 8, District 4, 1922-1928, Maury County, Tennessee.

MyJennealogy Note:  This is my 1st cousin 5x removed.

Francis Marion Hardison

Hardison Frank M., married, born 12 Nov. 1840 in Maury, died 5 Dec. 1924 of exhaustion due to fracture of the hip; buried Morton Cemetery; son of Robert Hardison, born in N. C., and Nancy Gilliam, born in Maury; information provided by Miss Carrie Hardison of Glendale, Tenn.

SOURCE: Jill Garrett’s Maury County Genealogist, Vol. 2 – 1973, pg 60, originally copied from Record of Deaths, Book 8, District 4, 1922-1928, Maury County, Tennessee

MyJennealogy Note: Frank Hardison was married to Sarah Watson b. 13 Feb 1843, d. 27 Mar 1930.  This is my 1st cousin 5x removed.