Surnames As Middle Names

Do you ever wonder how people come up with their children’s names? Sometimes it’s easy if they are a junior or have a name like John or Elizabeth and then sometimes you have to search a little deeper. I wrote about my great-grandfather, Eli Bernard Stabley, a few months ago. You can read about himContinue reading “Surnames As Middle Names”

Finding The Details

Census records are one of the most fundamental records in which to find your ancestors. They give so much information and provide clues to other records we can search for. But they are just a snapshot of place and time every 10 years. If you want to find out what happened between census years youContinue reading “Finding The Details”

Widows and Orphans

This past week I wrote a blog post about the Fraterville Mine explosion and how it affected my ancestors. But on 19 May 1902, hundreds of women were widowed with up to 1,000 orphans.1 The town of Briceville and nearby Knoxville quickly rallied to help the immediate needs of these families.2 In the 26 MayContinue reading “Widows and Orphans”