Ruth's Genealogy

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

I’m so excited! When I got home from work last night (actually 1:30 this morning), I found an email from Ruth from Carter Co, OK, a very nice RAOGK (Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness) volunteer, containing the marriage certificate of Dovie McBurnett and Husband-#-1-And-My-Great-Grandfather William Earl Hall! Also, a couple of days ago I found …

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I have definitively documented 3 of Dovie McBurnett’s husbands, and tentatively a fourth, and the good news is… SHE DIDN’T OUTLIVE THEM ALL! No “black widow” at work here after all :) Husband #1- my great-grandfather William Earl Hall, linked to Dovie: 1910 Federal Census Chickasaw Nation Marriages 1895-1907 Victor Earl Hall (my grandfather) birth …

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This morning, Randy Seaver wrote a review of Quicksheet by Elizabeth Shown Mills, the absolute Queen of Genealogical Citation Writing. This wonderful item is similar to the laminated “cheat sheets” that you find at college bookstores. I don’t know about you, but documenting sources is my least-favorite genealogical task, probably because I never know how …

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The father-in-law of my first-cousin-three-times-removed was loyal to the United States during the Civil War. Dr Francis B Appling lived in or near New Lexington,Tuscaloosa County, Alabama most of his life. Though of eligible age (age 8-80, so it must have seemed as the war took its toll) for service with the Confederate Army, he …

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I have started working on the Stanley family. This will be a bit different, as my great-grandfather, John Thomas Stanley, was adopted after he and his older brother Henry were abandoned as small children. No one in my family has any idea who my great-grandfather’s parents might have been, or anything about his “blood” ancestry. …

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