Notes from the past…


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Last week’s research activities

Not much research this past week:

1. Completed entering data, sources for 3GGM Serena Jane Brown into RootsMagic database, uploaded images to Picasa Web Albums
2. Deleted several distant ancestors from my database*

*I don’t view genealogy as a collection of names. In order to maintain a manageable and accurate (as much as possible) database, I have to draw the line somewhere. To this end, I normally only research 2-3 generations laterally from my direct-line ancestors. Occasionally, I will find a more distant ancestor who has a really interesting story to tell. Maybe that person connects to a never-before-used resource (Dr F B Appling and the Southern Claims Commission) or perhaps I find someone who was involved in a particular historic event (Dr E T Easley and the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1878).


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#31WBGB: Contact a Reader

31 Weeks ButtonThis is Week 5 of Tonia’s 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog challenge.

The previous challenges:

What’s our assignment for this week?

#31WBGB: Contact a Reader:

Pay attention to new readers and it will substantially increase the chance that they will return to your site or spread the word about it through their network.  I think this topic is especially important for genealogy bloggers, because our readers may be part of our extended families and they could have information, photos, documents, etc. that we would like to have.  At least part of the reason that most of that most of us write genealogy blogs is to connect with others who are researching our same family lines.

I completed this week’s challenge in reverse, but in doing so proved how vital our blog readers really are!

On this past Sunday, Thomas MacEntee posted a link on his Facebook page to a new genealogy blog, Channeling Grammy. I clicked on his link and visited this new blog. It looked interesting, so I subscribed to the RSS feed. I continued to wander around Grammy until I found a mention of the author’s surnames. One was Appling. A fairly uncommon name, hummm…

I have Applings in my tree, married into my Stanley line from Tuscaloosa County, Alabama.

I commented on the blog’s most recent post and introduced myself. The author contacted me almost immediately, through my genealogy wiki. Turns out that we are distantly related, through our Stanley/Appling connection. Another cousin found! All because a blog author contacted a reader!


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Surname Saturday: APPLING

1-Joel APPLING-632 (-)
. . . . 2-William APPLING-630 (about 1783-June 1860)
. . . . +Elizabeth LOYALL-631 (1795-)
. . . . . . . . 3-Richard W APPLING-638 (1811-)
. . . . . . . . 3-Levina APPLING-636 (1811-)
. . . . . . . . 3-William B APPLING-637 (1814-)
. . . . . . . . 3-Susan Frances APPLING-639 (1818-)
. . . . . . . . 3-John L APPLING-633 (1821-)
. . . . . . . . 3-Samuel Burwell APPLING-640 (1823-)
. . . . . . . . 3-Jesse E APPLING-634 (1827-)
. . . . . . . . 3-Dr. Francis B “F. B.” APPLING-627 (23 December 1829-28 July 1900)
. . . . . . . . +Elvira E LEE-628 (June 1828-1904)
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Joanna APPLING-644 (1855-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Varilla APPLING-643 (April 1853-1902)
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Jessie APPLING-645 (1864-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Elcana “Ellie” APPLING-228 (October 1866-September 1938)
. . . . . . . . . . . . +Brazora STANLEY-226 (February 1868-19 February 1902)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Loyal APPLING-516 (9 October 1891-July 1980)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Frank Wilson BOONE-582 (19 April 1897-September 1953)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Alfred Stanley APPLING-517 (26 July 1894-March 1960)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Ethel J -646 (1903-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Martha Ruth APPLING-518 (6 January 1898-March 1977)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Edgar Reid WATTS-583 (19 April 1898-January 1974)
. . . . . . . . 3-Mary Elizabeth APPLING-641 (1832-)
. . . . . . . . 3-Martha Jane APPLING-642 (1834-)
. . . . . . . . 3-Joel APPLING-635 (1835-)

My connection to the APPLING surname is through Brazora STANLEY, my maternal second great-grandaunt.

APPLING is actually a “minor” surname, through marriage, but one Appling in particular, Dr Francis B Appling, is a fascinating study. Francis B Appling vs The United States of America deals with Dr Appling’s disallowed Southern Claims Commission claim. Dr Appling sued the U S government over the United States Army’s confiscation and use of his property… property that he didn’t feel that he was rightfully compensated for:

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The result of said legal action? The estate of Dr Appling was eventually paid $130 for the use of said property:

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