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Genealogy Gazette

Volume 3, Number 1
Mountain Press, P.O. Box 400, Signal Mountain, Tennessee 37377, 1-423-886-6369
January 2011


First Edition of 2011 - Genealogy Gazette

Happy New Year to all! I hope you will use this time of year when you might be snowed in like us to review all your genealogy data with a fresh approach and perhaps you will see some new connections.

If you have any comments or suggestions, please email me at jimd@mountainpress.com.

Thank you,
James L. Douthat
Mountain Press


Beginning Again

The New Year is a time to begin all over again in our genealogical research. I don’t mean to toss out all that you have done for all those years. Instead, this is the time to revisit that research. Do you realize that in the past twelve months, there have been tens of thousands of new records surfaced to aide your research? Nearly every day in our office, we find new information in some of the strangest of places. The information might just be the one piece of the puzzle you need. We have authors contact us all the time about new materials they have researched and want out there. My wife and I were visiting one of her aunts right before she died this fall. She gave me a box of obituaries she had collected on the family for as long as she could remember. Since I have been doing a newsletter on each of the eighteen children in her family, many of these obits were of those children and their children. In each of the obituaries, there were little tid-bits of information that I had not known. I’ve only been in this family for forty-five years and the youngest of the eighteen are in their eighties, but I am always learning new things and hearing new stories. I had never asked her about the obituaries, because I did not know that she had collected them.

Everyone that does genealogical research is always looking for a new piece to their puzzle. Here at the first of a new year, it is time to look over what we have done and check to see if there is a piece that we might find somewhere that will help fill in the full puzzle.

If you are working on your membership into one of the patriotic societies, this is very critical. Each step of the way has to have documentation of the fact. For example, we all know that you were born, but can you prove your birth? Do you have a birth certificate showing your parents? Many who are adopted will sometimes have difficulty with this first step, but there are records out there to help. Do you have a marriage certificate for your parents? Grandparents? Great-grandparents? You have to have documentation at each step of the way with birth, death, marriage certificates or some other indication that proves the relationship. We all know that many times, birth certificates are not given until early twentieth century so there are other ways that we have to go about proof of the relationship. Remember that from the 1880 Census up, the relationship of those listed are given to the head of the household. Then, there are wills that give a relationship or you might have school records. Even in some cases, the deed records will show the necessary relationship. Don’t forget things like newspapers and their obituaries or even Bible records. This latter one is sometimes cast in doubt because it is family that is recording the information. Most Societies prefer that your references come from sources not related to the family.

Now is the time to back over your files and see where there is a missing link in the relationship of your direct line. If you are researching the entire family, you may have many missing links in their relationship. Sometimes, this process will take a few hours and sometimes it will take days, but the results are well worth the time spent. Make sure that all of your data is documented to the source as well as the information. Any kind of note that will allow someone in the future to go back into the original records and find the same information that you have presented.

In the process of going back over your data, make sure that you have backed this up on the computer. In the mean time, identify all of those photos you have acquired. At this point, go over those dozens/hundreds of photographs that you have in your collection that are NOT identified. You can compare these now with some that you know and have identified and you might be surprised as to how many others you can now identify. Your work will live long after you and it is very important that later generations can come to the source of your work and back track each step and not just accept it as the final answer. Remember that along the way, there is one individual that will give some trouble. How many William Williams are there in your family or how many times has Jehu been spelled John in other records, especially when someone transcribes a court record? This latter one is the main source of difficulty in my research.

It is a new year, now make your research NEW and fresh again by cleaning up some of those trouble spots. We all need a fresh start. Don’t make this a “resolution” as we all know that these are all broken by the first of February. Make it a real “goal” instead.

Happy Researching!!

North Carolina Militia Returns 1754-1755, 1758 and 1767

120 Pages, 8.5" x 11", Soft Cover, Full Name Index, NC-0203, $25.00

The militia records for any of the early territories are very difficult to find in your research. This is mostly because the records were kept in private hands and seldom turned over to the county or the state. The records here include many of the eastern counties in North Carolina since most of the western counties at this time had not been formed. There are hundreds of names listed here with their units and sometimes a little about where they were assigned in conflict.

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Special Presidential Pardons for Confederate Soldiers


Two Volumes, 530 Pages, Perfect Bound, GN-0229, $60.00

Following the Civil War, there were thirteen "confederate profiles" that disqualified an individual from receiving a "general amnesty." If a "rebel" fell under one of these exclusions, amnesty was denied and an application for a "special personal pardon" from President Johnson was required. With 30,000+ listings, this hefty two-volume set is a compilation of confederate names, reason(s) for exclusion, and names of individuals who 'vouched' for them. Included are pardons given individuals in Alabama, Arkansas, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Northern Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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First Families of Bledsoe


Elizabeth Parham Robnett
330 Pages, 8.5"x11", Cloth Binding, Last Name Index, TN-1304, $28.50

These families migrated in the early 1800s to settle in the rich valley land along the Sequatchie River. Many of these families still remain there to this day. Ms Robnett wrote short biographical sketches of more than 70 families found in the “head” of the valley now called Bledsoe County.

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If you have any questions or suggestions for future editions, please email us at jimd@mountainpress.com.