Ruth's Genealogy

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

These are the above-ground vaults of my second great-grandparents Miles Francis and Trilla Maryland Davis Stanley at Grandview Cemetery just outside of Grandview in Johnson County, Texas. Miles Stanley and wife Trilla Maryland (my Mom’s namesake) arrived in Hill County, Texas from Tuscaloosa County, Alabama in January 1875. There Miles became a successful farmer and …

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The topic for the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy is: “Orphans and Orphans” The first type of orphan refers to those ancestors or relatives who lost their parents when they were young. The second type of orphan would be those siblings or cousins of our ancestors whom we think of as “reverse orphans.” …

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… does his brother become your great-uncle? My great-grandfather John Thomas Stanley was adopted. Does that make his brother, Henry Thomas Fair, my great-uncle? Henry Thomas Fair was adopted by the sister and brother-in-law of John Thomas Stanley’s adoptive mother. According to my RootsMagic program, that makes him my first cousin 3 times removed!

Too much cookie dough, what can I say? I’ve been doing some preliminary work on my great-grandfather John Thomas Stanley’s file, getting ready to start entering sources into my RootsMagic database. Converting .pdfs to .jpgs, verifying dates, renaming images, etc. There is a major problem with my data: John Stanley’s WWI Draft Registration John Stanley’s …

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This photograph is of my great-grandfather John Thomas Stanley, ca 1918 (age 22). John Stanley was involved in the Fort Worth banking industry almost his entire adult life. Thanks to GenealogyBank, I have been able to download quite a few articles mentioning him from the early Fort Worth Star-Telegram. I found this article today and …

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