Archive for July, 2010

July 29, 2010

When I Grow Up

My son will be 13 on Sunday. I’m not sure exactly how I feel about being the mother of a teenager, especially one who’s only a few short months away from looking down on me, quite literally. He’s a good kid, though, and very bright (and I’m not just saying that because I’m his mother) with a wide range of interests running from spacecraft engineering to Ancient Rome to a whole other host of subjects I can barely keep up with.

This interest in everything reminds me a bit of myself when I was his age. Growing up, I dreamed of being a writer, a translator in the diplomatic corps, a fashion designer, a landscape architect, an astrophysicist (specializing in planet-hunting, of course), an archaeologist (or possibly an archaeolinguist), a botanist, a ghost hunter, the lead singer in an all-girl band, and Lord only knows what else.

The most enduring love, however, was family history. Both of my grandmothers fostered this natural interest by telling old family stories, sharing photo albums, and encouraging me to spend time chasing our family’s roots. My father’s mother, Nanny, asked me to pick up where she had left off, giving me correspondence containing genealogical details and a hand-written tree tracing her father’s line to his grandfather, John Martin, who was an Irish immigrant. The time spent listening to the stories my mother’s mother, MawMaw, related about her family are some of my favorite memories. How can one not be compelled to find the “Dutch” grandfather whose “Cherokee” wife was so mean to him that she refused to cook his meals?

Over the years, I’ve dabbled at many things and held a wide variety of jobs, but my struggle to document the past through the lives of the individuals who lived it is one constant that’s seen me through many of life’s most trying moments. I never dreamed when I was a little girl that I would grow up to work with the long-forgotten dead, that genealogy would become my career, nor could I ever have foreseen how thoroughly satisfying such work truly is. Every day, I am thankful I’ve finally found a place to call my own. I no longer wonder what I’ll be when I grow up; the path I follow shines brightly beneath my feet, lined by all the people who came before.

Happy birthday, my precious child. I hope you find the same fulfillment along your chosen path.

July 27, 2010

Step by Step #4: Roy and Hattie’s Children

The first three posts in this series focused primarily on our target couple, Roy and Hattie (James) Teague. Today, we’re going to try to reconstruct their family with the records available to us.

First, let’s summarize what we know about Roy’s children.

  1. The 1930 US census gives us the names of three children, who we know to be Roy’s because they are named as such, and who Hattie was probably the mother of, given Roy and Hattie’s marriage date.1 In order of birth, they are:
    • Susie J. Teague
    • Clifford J. Teague
    • Claud R. Teague
  2. Roy’s obituary gave the names and residences of six children:2
    • Jack Teague of Clarkston, Michigan
    • Ray Teague of Pontiac, Michigan
    • Dewey Teague of Titusville, Florida
    • Mrs. Roosevelt Coffey of Clayton, GA
    • Mrs. Red Dixon of Clayton, GA
    • Mrs. Sherman Martindale of Van Buren, Arkansas
  3. Additionally, a Paul C. Teague was buried between Roy and his brother Louie at Pickett Cemetery.3 Paul died in 1967, and so if he were Roy’s son, he would not have been mentioned in Roy’s 1969 obituary, which mentioned only surviving relatives.4 However, it is also possible that he was Louie’s son, or in some other way related to the family.

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July 25, 2010

FGS Conference Just Around the Corner

In a little more than three weeks, I will be on my way to Knoxville, TN, for the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ annual conference. I’ve been looking forward to this all year. I will (finally!) be able to meet several fellow genealogists whose work I’ve read or with whom I’ve corresponded, attend lectures on a variety of topics given by some of the best speakers of our time, and visit several great Eastern Tennessee repositories. Who could ask for more?

My tentative plans are to attend next year’s National Genealogical Society Family History Conference, held in Charleston, SC, from 11 – 14 May 2011. Aside from all the wonderful opportunities presented by the conference, Charleston itself holds an irresistable appeal, being rich in heritage, history, and lore.

What a fabulous time it is to be a genealogist!

July 18, 2010

A Sunday Walk Around the Blogs

Stories of the LRWMA, a blog dedicated to documenting the history of what is now the Lake Russell Wildlife Management Area in northeast Georgia.

18th-Century Ship Found at Trade Center Site by David W. Dunlap for The New York Times.

Georgia Black Crackers. Not a blog post, but the blog itself. Mavis, the author, details (among other things) her search for Grandpa Jasper and Grandma Jane Pierce. Very interesting.

July 13, 2010

Step by Step #3: Pickett Cemetery, Clayton, GA

In our first two looks at the Roy and Hattie (James) Teague family, we examined their 1930 US census enumeration, their marriage certificate, and Roy’s obituary. In today’s post, we will visit Pickett Cemetery, where Roy was buried1.

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July 9, 2010

Step by Step #2: Hattie’s Maiden Name and Roy’s Obituary

Our previous discussion of the Roy and Hattie [--?--] Teague family centered upon their entry in the 1930 US census. Today, we’re going to follow up on two items from our to-do list: Find a marriage record for this couple, and check the Vital Statistics register for their deaths. We’re looking first in the records created and maintained within Rabun Co., GA, where the couple lived in 1930.

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July 4, 2010

Step by Step #1: Roy and Hattie Teague in 1930

Here is the record that begins our odyssey. Be sure to read the footnotes, as they contain additional and important information.

This is an abbreviated version, of course, but let’s see what an initial read gives us. The first thing we should note is the particulars of the record; we may need these later on to construct a citation.1 Bear with me here; doing this might seem a little boring and tedious, but it’s absolutely necessary for a number of reasons, which we will discuss at various times during the entire case study.

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