Newspapers: Early Social Media

Newspapers are an often forgot resource to family history seekers. Accessibility is an issue, but local libraries, newspapers.com and Chronicling America are a few access points. I recently lucked up while searching for "J.W. Dial" on newspapers.com. (Tip: put your ancestor's name in quotation marks to search for their exact name - "J.W. Dial", "Dial, …

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Timeline: Rebecca Ann & William Dial

Last updated: April 20, 2018 Rebecca and William Dial were my third great-grandparents. William lived his early years in Lauderdale County, Alabama and Lawrence County, Tennessee, but made his home with Rebecca in Green Hill, Lauderdale County, Alabama right over the Tennessee state line. No one knows his wife’s real last name or her parents. …

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Setting the Record Straight: John Wesley Dial

John Wesley Dial was my great-great-grandfather. He was born on March 19, 1875 in Green Hill, Lauderdale County, Alabama to Rebecca and William T. Dial. He married Martha Ada Boyd when he was 24 on September 12, 1899 in Wayne County, Tennessee. The problem is that A LOT of family trees on Ancestry and beyond …

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Unidentified Photos: Wayne County, TN & Lauderdale County, AL

I have some family photos that I can't identify that belonged to my grandmother's mother, Waymon Dial Pigg. Waymon lived in Wayne County, Tennessee in Iron City. Her mom was Martha Ada Boyd (child of Jane Hayes and Levi Boyd) and her father was John Wesley Dial (child of Rebecca and William Dial). John's family …

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Edgar Doke Pigg, Bootlegger of Sheffield, Alabama

My second great-grandfather Edgar Doke Pigg was a bit of a troublemaker. While I don't know much about him, Alabama Convict Records list him being in jail for illegally making liquor and having a still in his possession, and that was when he was in his early 50s. His arrest was after prohibition (1920 - …

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