The Bess Family of Sycamore Mills

Lydia Meador and John Best My search for the parents of Elizabeth Bess, my fourth-great-grandmother, started years ago when I built my first family tree. I had zero to go on. Family trees online were no help either, as none of them listed her parents. I truly started from scratch. Bess is a unique last …

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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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Robert Boyd’s 24 Children

My Boyd family from Pickens County, South Carolina is an interesting group, to say the least. I've never been satisfied with the small amount of information I had gathered about them. While I've used the FamilySearch catalog to research ancestors in my Tennessee counties, I had not looked up my South Carolina Boyds. I regret …

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Mary Emaline

Mary Emaline, my fourth-great-grandmother, was the first wife of Bartemus Pack (read more about him here). User-created family trees on Ancestry.com listed her maiden name as Hildreth, but I haven't found any proof of it yet. On the 1850 census and the 1860 mortality schedule, her name is listed as Mary. On the death certificate …

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23andme Ancestry Composition: Comparing My DNA

Yesterday, April 25, 2018, was DNA Day and 23andme.com had a "special". Ancestry.com users could upload their raw DNA file to 23andme and receive 3 health reports (very basic) and ancestry composition. I decided to do an experiment. I already tested with 23andme, but none of my other family members have. (I tested with Ancestry …

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