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July 2015

Searching for Mary Jane Update & Other Weekend Discoveries

I had a productive and surprising weekend in Arkansas! First, I attended the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies 2015 Genealogy Conference. For those who live in Arkansas and are doing family research, this is another great resource in addition to the Arkansas History Commission. Located in the Little Rock River Market, its convenient location in an historic and vibrant area of downtown is a must see if you are in the area. Continue reading “Searching for Mary Jane Update & Other Weekend Discoveries”

This Weekend: Next Gen Meet Up and Genealogy Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas

I am so excited about this weekend’s activities! I will be attending the 2015 Genealogy Workshop hosted by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. Lisa Louise Cooke, owner of, is the speaker for the Center’s annual genealogy workshop.

Butler Center

Continue reading “This Weekend: Next Gen Meet Up and Genealogy Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas”

Searching for Mary Jane: Crestleaf’s 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds-July 2015

A distant cousin, who also happens to be a historian/archivist in South Carolina, once told me, “some ancestors won’t let you find them until they are ready to be found.” After five years or more of looking, my 2nd great grandmother, Mary Jane Simril, was finally ready to reveal herself and her family this week. Continue reading “Searching for Mary Jane: Crestleaf’s 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds-July 2015”

Chasing Sources

I have been diligently working on a Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) supplement this week. Something about celebrating Independence Day inspired me to tackle it after procrastinating for quite some time. Continue reading “Chasing Sources”

What’s in the DNA?

“The greatest history book ever written is the one hidden in our DNA.” – Dr. Spencer Wells

I have long wanted to test my DNA, and that of my husbands, to see what clues and interesting discoveries we can learn. Continue reading “What’s in the DNA?”

Q & A with Wade B. Fairey, Sr.: Co-Founder of Roots & Recall

Working on my previous post, I had the privilege of being introduced to Wade B. Fairey, Sr., one of the co-founders of Roots and Recall.  In addition to this fabulous website  that  “connects genealogy to the homeplace,” Wade also has a distinguished career in historic preservation in South Carolina. Continue reading “Q & A with Wade B. Fairey, Sr.: Co-Founder of Roots & Recall”

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