The Unsolved Mystery of John Isham Bullard

As an amateur genealogist, be prepared to sometimes get things wrong. Bruce Lee said, "Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them." In late 2019, I came to the startling realization that my third-great-grandfather, John Bullard, was not who I thought he was. I studied my grandmother's brother's Ancestry DNA test …

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James Dial of Lawrence County, Tennessee

I am currently researching my fifth-great-grandfather James Dial who was born around 1780 and died sometime between 1850 and 1860 in Lawrence County, Tennessee. I have created the below records timeline to help trace James and hopefully find new leads on his parents and family. Timeline for James Dial 1780 - James Dial's approximate birth …

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Anselm Hansel Harper

Anselm is the Hansel Harper that married Elizabeth Rose in Surry County, Virginia on Jan. 27, 1789. From guardianship documents in 1803, we learn that Anselm had three children: James, Joseph and Nancy. Anselm used the nickname Hansel interchangeably which frustrated me because I felt that they were the same person but couldn't prove it …

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Mal Boyd’s Account of Ancestors

In the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers' Project, writers conducted interviews of more than 2,300 former slaves and their descendants. (Learn more about the project here.) On the morning of November 1, 1938, interviewer Bernice Bowden was walking down Miller Street in Pine Bluff, Arkansas when she spotted Mal Boyd sitting on his …

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