FAN is a mnemonic in genealogy circles for Friends, Associates and Neighbors. In my genealogical research, I try to accumulate information from my ancestor's FAN (Friends, Associates & Neighbors) club. The FAN of ancestors is comparable to the modern social network. I have many surnames which include my ancestors names, their neighbors, their in laws and my in-laws. I have also found that in genealogical research that having the same surname in the same geographic area does necessarily equal a blood relationship. Some surnames of individuals have no obvious relationship I have seen repeatedly in my research. I can not resist saving information of a family that lived in same geographic area and may or may not be related to an ancestor.
I have been able to people in connect FAN connections from geographic location using homestead information from the Bureau of land Management. The chart has information posted in a previous blog except for Calvin Caston.
Walkers Bridge Pike County, Mississippi
Homesteader Year Start of Witnesses Year final of
Robert Brumfield Sept. 12, 1869 Henry Conerly Aug. 31, 1876
Isham Broomfield March 6, 1873/ Robert Magee, June 21, 1883
(Brumfield) Dec.,1870 Joseph Conerly
& Jacob Ellzey
Irvin Brumfield Sept. 1, 1870 Henry Conerly & June 13, 1881
Gale Brumfield Dec 10, 1869 R. S. Wilson & March 14, 1876
|Henry Conerly 55 years old and Joseph Conerly 23 years old enumerated in the Pike County, Mississippi 1880 Federal Census|
Maybe they homestead near each other because they had were friends or previously lived together.
------The Tree Gardener