Ruth's Genealogy

“And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.”

As genealogists, we frequently reference the deaths of ancestors. This is different kind of death, however: GeoCities seems to be on its last breaths: Current GeoCities customers: After careful consideration, we have decided to close GeoCities later this year. We’ll share more details this summer. For now, please sign in or visit the help center …

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A couple of days ago, I presented the evidence that I have collected while trying to figure out which James McBurnett of Carroll County, Georgia was my second great-granduncle. I have 2 documents that were signed by James McBurnett, but the second, on his Indigent Confederate Pension Application, contained only his “mark”, an X. This …

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Yesterday I posted about the many personas of James McBurnett. At least 2 and possibly 3 James McBurnetts existed in Carroll County, Georgia in the mid 1800’s. Which one is my true second great-granduncle? Let’s examine the data that I have to this point: The 1850 Federal Census for the Nicholas McBurnett family of Carroll …

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My McBurnett research continues. Right now I am studying Nicholas McBurnett’s oldest child, James McBurnett.  Yesterday, I found Confederate Pension records for James. His date of birth, date of death, financial details, even his physical condition. Poor guy had a pretty severe inguinal hernia, or so his doctor said: All of this should be just …

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