Sunday, August 21, 2011

Genealogy-How to Tell The Family History?

Esley Turner Family

Arville Harper Family

One side of my family had members who wanted to do a genealogy history.  My Aunt paid $75.00 for her copy.  The book had a few pictures, but mostly it was so and so had 5 children, they were and they married, etc.  After a few pages, I lost track of who, what and where.  It was as though my mind glazed over and I wasn't interested.  Now this is okay, and it is a necessary history, but wouldn't it be much more fun and interesting if it went something like this:

 "It was the 6th of June, 1846 in Carroll County, Georgia. Leroy M. Harper and Deida B. Rone, both nineteen, decided to get married. I can see it being an afternoon wedding, maybe a sister or brother along to witness the ceremony. Reading the certificate, the ceremony seems to have been performed by a justice of the peace. This was before the civil war, during hard times..I wonder if they were practical or excited about the upcoming marriage? Did Leroy wear a suit or his work clothes? Deida, did she make a new dress or maybe saved up and bought one, though I think she would have made the dress rather than spend money. Did they live close to his parents or hers? For some reason, from my research, I think they lived close to her parents, after all, they came to Alabama with James Roan. Since he's listed as a farmer, did he share his land with the parents or just farm his own land. They were married two years before the first child is born."

Leroy M. Harper

In regards to Deida's headstone at Piney Grove, it reads "D. B. Harper, Born Oct 27, 1828, Died Oct 26, 1901. You can get a printout of the headstone names by going to

Maybe add some highlights of what was going on during their time.......

These are the news highlights from 1850 to 1860, the time M. C. was living in Georgia:

1. California enters the Union-1850

2. Levi Strauss begins manufactoring heavyweight trousers for gold miners.

3. The cry "Go West, young man, go West" was being advised-1850.

4. Conflict over slavery-Kansas-Nebraska Act-1854.

Abolitionists in New England form Emigrant Aid Societies to send anti-slavery activists in Kansas. In Georgia and Alabama similar societies send in settlers who will vote in defense of slavery-1855.

Stirred by the impunity of the pro-slavery forces in Kansas, John Brown, a militant abolitionist, leads his sons in a raid on pro-slavery settlers. Five men were dragged from their cabins and massacred-1856.

5. Responding to complaints by federal officials in Utah and national outrage over the Mormon practice of plural marriage, President James Buchanan sends U. S. troops to impose federal law in Utah-1857.

6. The first non-stop stage coach from St. Louis arrives inLos Angeles, completing the 2,600 mile trip across theSouthwest in 20 days-1858.
There are many ways to tell a story.  But the most interesting histories have pictures, humor and stories about the people involved.

Here's a link to my genealogy blogsite, with some of my stories and pictures, Harpers & Turners.

Do any of y'all have a blog with your history?  Write a comment and list your link so we can view!

1 comment:

Gail M Baugniet said...

Hi Judy, I enjoyed reading your suggestion about creating a story rather than offering "just the facts."
I've spent over a decade researching the branches of my family tree. In 2007, I planned a trip to the homeland of my father's ancestors, Belgium. Here is a link to the blog I compiled after the trip.