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Names, Places & Most Wanted Faces (meme)

On Thomas’s Destination: Austin Family:

Craig Manson over at Geneablogie has started a new meme which I think is important since it gets the surnames in my genealogy research info out into the blogosphere.  As Craig put it:

“List the surnames you are researching and the general localities. Then tell the names of your “Most Wanted Ancestors,” that is, the ones you most want to find behind that brickwall.”

Great idea!

My Names, Places & Most Wanted Faces:

HALL surname: Kansas (Shawnee County)>Texas (Cooke County)

McBURNETT surname: Georgia (Carroll County)>Texas (Milam County)

CARR surname: Alabama (Marengo County)>Texas (San Saba County)

CARROLL surname: North Carolina>Texas (San Saba County)

STANLEY surname: Alabama (Tuscaloosa County) >Texas (Hill County)

CARRICO surname: Missouri (Stoddard County) >Texas (Hill County) >New Mexico (Lea County)

ROGERS surname: Kentucky (Montgomery County) >Texas (Tarrant County)

TURNER surname: Tennessee (DeKalb/Cannon County)> Texas (Hill County)

DIXON surname: Alabama (Marengo County)

BENNETT surname: Texas (Williamson/San Saba/Brady Counties)

KENNEDY surname: Alabama (Sumter County) >Texas (Hill County)

DAVIS surname: Alabama (Tuscaloosa County) >Texas (Hill County)

TURNEY surname: Tennessee (DeKalb County)

VANCE surname: Tennessee (Wilson/DeKalb/Cannon Counties)

CHAPPELL surname: Virginia >Alabama (Fayette/Tuscaloosa Counties)

MOST WANTED ANCESTOR #1: William Earl HALL, my paternal great-grandfather, born about 1888, possibly Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas. Married Dovie C McBurnett, 22 Jan 1906, Ardmore County, Oklahoma. Living in Gainesville, Cooke, Texas when my grandfather was born. Worked for the railroad. Believed to have died before 1917 in railroad accident, location unknown. William and/or Dovie were believed to be of Chickasaw descent (mariage listed Chickasaw Nation Marriages 1895-1907: HALL, W E 22 McBURNETT, DOVIE 18 22 JAN 1906 TX,GAINESVILLE/ARDMORE J©57).

MOST WANTED ANCESTOR #2: Joseph ROGERS, my maternal 2nd great-grandfather, very little is known about Joseph, possibly born Kentucky, 1840-1850′s, married Susan Hannah Knox,  died in Kentucky when my great-grandfather Charles Arthur Rogers was a child.




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Another piece of the puzzle!

I was wandering around Footnote and decided to check the Texas Death Records database. I check it every few weeks, looking for new additions.

Guess who I found? My 3rd great-grandmother Susan William Lee Martin’s 1918 death certificate!

Kennedy, S W L

Oops, just found my great-grandfather John T Stanley’s death certificate, too!

If anyone has relatives who died in Texas 1890-1976, check out Footnote! There has been a big bunch of certificates added!

P. S. I’ve found 9 new death certificates this afternoon! Definitely check out Texas Death Records!


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The A, B, C's of Surnames or…It's meme time!

As I prepare to jump back into my research after taking a few weeks off, I thought I would just start alphabetically with my surname list and do some Google searches and see if anything new pops up. That got me to thinking: Can I fill out the entire alphabet with my documented surnames? Yes, it’s a meme in disguise!

Here goes:

  • A is for Appling
  • B is for Bennett
  • C is for Carr
  • D is for Dixon
  • E is for Easley
  • F is for Fair
  • G is for Graham
  • H is for Hibbler
  • I is for Isler
  • J is for Janca
  • K is for Kennedy
  • L is for Lee
  • M is for McBurnett
  • N is for Noble
  • O is for Owen
  • P is for Pitts
  • Q is for —–
  • R is for Rogers
  • S is for Stanley
  • T is for Turner
  • U is for Urmey
  • V is for Vance
  • W is for Watts
  • X is for—-
  • Y is for—-
  • Z is for —-

No Q, X, Y or Z surnames. Seems I have my work cut out for me!