Notes from the past…


#31WBGB: Make List Posts Work for Your Genealogy Blog (Week 2, Part 1)

31 Weeks ButtonTonia over at Tonia’s Roots has started a 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog weekly challenge for improving your genealogy-related blog.

This week’s challenge is to create a list post:

List posts are those that simply utilize a numbered set of items to illustrate a main idea.

The most obvious subject for a list post in a genealogy-related blog would be surnames/locations. Or possibly a “genealogist’s toolbox” of useful sites and software. Or maybe even a “how-to” for finding an elusive ancestor…

…finding an elusive ancestor!

I believe Joel Dixon to be my fourth great-grandfather, the father of my already-established third great-grandfather Thomas M Dixon of Marengo County, Alabama. I have linked Thomas conclusively to me through census, marriage records and burial data. But, although I’m pretty sure that Joel is Thomas’s dad, I haven’t been able to directly tie the two men together. How can I “connect the dots?”

  1. Search laterally- find a sibling or other family member of Thomas that I can connect directly to Joel, then connect Thomas to Joel through the third person. (To this end, while searching GenealogyBank for any mention of Joel or Thomas Dixon in Alabama newspapers, I came across an obituary for Floyd Milton Dixon of Dixons Mill*, Marengo, Alabama, described as the last male descendant of his great-grandfather, Joel Dixon. So this guy had to be a great-great (?) nephew of Thomas M Dixon! Floyd’s grandfather and Thomas would have been brothers. Ok, let’s see if I can document Floyd back to Joel, then somehow connect him to Thomas.)
  2. Document the third person’s ancestry- Research Floyd Milton Dixon’s life, his father’s life and then his grandfather’s life, hopefully, eventually placing the grandfather in the home of Joel. (This task is made a bit easier since these are all male descendants.)
  3. Connect the dots- Link Thomas M Dixon to Joel Dixon through Floyd Milton Dixon.


*Dixons Mill was named in honor of Joel Dixon in 1858, who established a water mill on Mill Creek.

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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.