Archive for February, 2010

February 24, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: James Wesley Ledford

James Wesley Ledford, ca late 1930s

See also: Tombstone Tuesday: James Wesley Ledford, 1847 – 1940

February 23, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: James Wesley Ledford, 1847 – 1940

James Wesley Ledford
May 6, 1847
May 3, 1940
We will meet again

James Wesley Ledford was my mother’s great-grandfather. He was buried in Coweeta Baptist Church Cemetery, Macon Co., NC, near his wife, Martha (Carpenter) Ledford, and her parents.

February 21, 2010

Georgia Genealogical Society Workshop: Pulling Great Aunt Bertha Out of the Hat

On Saturday, March 6, 2010, the Georgia Genealogical Society will host a day-long workshop featuring Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, reknowned speaker and author, and editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly.

Dr. Jones will discuss finding “disappearing” ancestors, avoiding deception on the Internet, ethics for family historians, and techniques for discovering an ancestor’s European origins.

The workshop will be held at the National Archives-Southeast Region in Morrow, GA. Cost is $25 for GGS members and $35 for non-members. Registration must be postmarked by February 27 to avoid a late registration fee. For more information, see the GGS events web site.

February 20, 2010

The East Tennessee Historical Society

In August, I will be attending the Federation of Genealogical Societies‘ annual conference, held this year in Knoxville, TN. While I am looking forward to this event in general, I am especially excited about visiting the East Tennessee Historical Society, home to the McClung Historical Collection, a virtual cornucopia of manuscript collections, rare books, city directories, newspapers, and microfilm. The primary focus of the collection is, of course, the eastern Tennessee counties, but other areas of Tennessee and other states are also represented.

I am currently compiling a list of my eastern Tennessee families so that I can plan my on-site research. Included will be:

  • Mansfield and Harriet (Black) Anderson, who moved from Blount and Sevier Counties (TN) into Macon Co., NC
  • Miranda (Fletcher) Curtis and several of her children, who moved from Macon Co., NC, to Monroe Co., TN
  • Samuel Hopper, who possibly lived for a short time in Claiborne and Giles Counties, TN
  • Various children of William Morgan, who died in 1809 in Jackson Co., GA

The FGS 2010 Conference theme is “Rediscovering America’s First Frontier.” The conference runs from August 18 to August 21. For more information, see the FGS conference web site.