Researching the African-American genealogy of the following surnames Bearden, Brumfield, Bullock, Caston, Carey, Downs,Donnell, Edwards, Gatlin, Goff, Hill, Power, Raybon, Smith, Stacher, Strickland, Thomas, Watkins & Wynn. From the following states Ohio, Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, Illinois, New York, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee & Louisiana.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Instruction in Genealogy
Judy G. Russell JD, CG, CGL
When I began to research my
family history, my methodology was erratic and somewhat ineffective. I basically used only family stories and the “trial
and error method”. Nowadays with the Internet genealogy websites a great deal
of information is available online. Some of the family tree information on the
popular websites has information errors. The Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS)
is not used. My personal investigative results improved when I began reading genealogy
research books attend conferences and joined the local and national genealogy
societies. I learned that I did not have
to recreate the wheel. I could learn the
skills of the professional and experienced researcher.
I recently had the opportunity
to attend the Tennessee Genealogy Society fall seminar on October 18, 2014. The
guest speaker was Judy G. Russell JD, CG, CGL.
Judy is a lawyer, certified genealogist and certified genealogy
lecturer. She was a dynamic speaker discussing 1) making the first trip to the courthouse
laws and statues which affect records 3) records of widows and orphans 4) DNA
analysis in genealogy.
I am fired up and ready to go the
courthouse! I might even do mitochondrial DNA analysis sometime soon. The Tree Gardener