The Memory of Time

Within a span of four days, New York and our nation mark two major historic events. Events that forever altered the history and culture of the city. The event that most individuals recall with reverence today is September 11th. The tragic day where two planes flew into the World Trade Towers causing their collapse and the deaths of thousands of people.

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Searching for Mary Jane Update: Crestleaf’s 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds- January 2016

Photo Above: Front Doors of Hickory Springs Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Bradley County, Arkansas

It’s time for another installment of Crestleaf’s 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds! As I mentioned in a previous post, Searching for Mary Jane, her husband Major Brown Garison was my second great grandfather.  On a recent trip to Bradley County, Arkansas, I had three goals. Continue reading “Searching for Mary Jane Update: Crestleaf’s 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds- January 2016”

Crestleaf’s 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds- October 2015: The Holleys

A few months ago, I completed a DNA test that put me in a DNA circle with descendants of Thomas L. Holley (1803-1845).  Initially, I thought this was on my mother’s line.  Her first name is Holley, which is a family name from her maternal grandmother’s family of which I have done some limited research.  I didn’t really look at this DNA circle right away, as I have been working on some other lines. This weekend I took a closer look and discovered this Thomas L. Holley is on my father’s line! Curious as to whether there was a connection between the two Holley lines, I started my research!

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Waiting for the Post

Instant gratification. It’s something many genealogists, including myself, often desire when searching for our ancestors. So much can be found online these days, but often online searches only scratch the surface of records available in the national or state archives, libraries and other places storing original or limited copies of historical records. Those you must often request copies of and wait patiently for by mail!

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Crestleaf’s 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds-August 2015: Between the Pages

My Mema Jean grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, the daughter of Mae Jean Holley and James Lloyd Igou. An obituary I found among her things revealed that James Lloyd had a successful career as newspaper salesman at The Commercial Appeal, which I vaguely remember Mema mentioning at various times growing up. Oral family tradition claimed that they were French, perhaps Huguenots. Until recently, that is about all I knew about my Igou lineage.

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The Importance of Finding Ernest

As Oscar Wilde wrote in the Importance of Being Earnest, the truth is rarely pure and never simple. This sentiment applies perfectly to my research on Ernest Lennox Wylie.

Thus far, I have written mostly about my Garrison line. It has been a line that has proven fairly easy to research given my late grandmother’s early work researching the family, as well as the number of other Garrisons in the United States who have also succumbed to the genealogy addiction. So, it is particularly challenging to hit a brick wall on a different line that hasn’t been researched as much, or even at all. Such is the case with my husband’s great grandfather, Ernest. The mystery surrounding his origins has stumped many in the family trying to research his early life and his parents.

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