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

 

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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.

William S. Gilliam

Gilliam, William S., married, born 17 March 1875 in Maury, died 13 June 1924 of artero sclerosis; buried Rock Springs, son of J. R. Gilliam, born in Maury, and Nancy Millers, born in Maury; information by Mrs. A. A. Rumage, Columbia.

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: William S. Gilliam was the son of James Riley Gilliam and Nancy Miller.  This is my 1st cousin 3x removed.

Goodspeed’s History of Tennessee– talks of John Henry Gilliam

John H. Gilliam, one of Maury County’s oldest and most respected citizens, was born in Charlotte, VA on 24 Nov 1800.  His parents, Thomas Gilliam (born 12 Apr 1778) and Sarah Pettnes Gilliam (born in 1782) were also from Charlotte County, VA.  Thomas Gilliam came to Rutherford Co., TN in 1806 were he was a very successful farmer for two years.  He relocated to Maury Co. in the Rock Springs community and once again took up farming.  In 1812 he built the first saw mill on the Duck River, known as the Wallace Mill.  After seven years he took up farming when he moved onto a tract of land north of Rock Springs.  Thomas was known as a “Hardshell” Baptist and a Democrat.  He died on 1 Oct 1844 and his wife, Sarah, had died before him on 6 Sep 1835.

John H. Gilliam married Martha Gilliam, daughter of Robert and Estella (Marsby) Gilliam from Charlotte Co., VA, on 6 Jan 1822.  Martha was born 30 Oct 1799.  So at the age of 21, John took up the business of farming in Maury Co., TN.  John and Martha Gilliam had four children, Sarah P. (1824); Edward H. (1825); Stephen M. (1828) and Charles W. (1833).  Martha died 27 Sept 1868 and John married his second wife Julia C. Jones Martin (born 24 Mar 1824) on 6 Jan 1867.

SOURCE: This is from a biography of John Henry Gilliam taken from Goodspeed’s History of Tennessee.

MyJennealogy Note:  This is my 4th great grandfather.

National Genealogical Society 2014 annual conference

Registration for the National Genealogical Society is winding down.  The conference promises to be a “don’t miss” for genealogy geeks, particularly those with ancestors in the southeastern United States. 

Plus time has been set aside for digging through the Virginia State Library! (you know that I could spend days there).

The conference:   Virginia: The First Frontier, Richmond, Virginia 7-10
May 2014

Conference in the States Logo 2014 (5)

Get all the details at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/.