Sunday, November 30, 2014

Third Wave of Family Stories, and finishing up the Shanklin Side

NaBloPoMo is complete, and I've finished the collecting/studying/searching for each of these 32 individuals and their families.   I think the information here has made alot of headway at getting organized, though there is undoubtedly still alot of work that could be done to organize and archive the information in a useful way.   Some things I'd like to do further to improve this project:
  1. I need to go through and check the family trees described here against the genealogies that mom had previously built-- to make sure that  we encompassed all of the children at least for that cross-section in history.
  2. To continue from (1), it would be useful to do the full descendancy research for these 16 couples... which would be a significant undertaking.  Due to the Mormon genealogists in the family, I have reason to expect that [1-8] are fairly well up-to-date.  I have talked to Frank Shanklin who did the descendancy research for [9], which I mostly tied together in  That leaves [10-16] as kind of a half-hearted attempt at this point to get everything lined up properly in the family tree.
  3. I'd like to go through the family pictures and make sure they are appropriately linked to the family tree, as well.
  4. Each of the descriptions written this month need to be error-checked by another set of eyes to see if I made any glaring errors, or left out any of the pertinent facts.
  5. Once couples [1-16] are nice and tidy, the families that connect me to them (mostly entered as Bonus entries need to be more fully documented.
  6. With all of the [1-16] families stories and histories polished up, and with the families that link us to them drafted and checked, it would be useful (I think), to compile this into a booklet form or something that could be printed and serve as a quick reference.
  7. An extension to this would be to go back and repeat this exercise for the 8 from my mother-in-law, father-in-law, and Jen's birth-father.  That would give us (32+32+16)=80 people, and on down to their 40 direct-line kids, 20 direct-line grandkids, 10 direct-line ggrandkids, and 5 gggrands (which constitute our parents!), for a total of 155 people that most directly have influence who we are.  Big Project!!!
We left off on Nov 23 with the last of the with the Breedens and the Reeds (couple 12), so we're ready to move on to couple 13.  With 8 days and only 4 couples left, you'd think I'd be hurting for stories but Mom provided some great writeups from the Jennings-Phillips Collection of Early Bedford County, which are great reads.  In fact, we ought to write up a brief overview (with pictures!) of this story, just so it is fully represented for its value to our family history project as well.

Nov 23: A Bedford County Primer
Nov 24: Thomas Christopher Thompson and Nancy Achsah King (couple 13)
Nov 25: Elijah Roberts and Maggie Ella Ray (couple 14)
Nov 25: Bonus: General Marion Ray (father of couple 14)
Nov 26: Bonus: Thomas Lacy Roberts (father of couple 14)
Nov 26: An LDS faith-promoting genealogy story
Nov 27: Bonus: Estill Ernest Thompson and Lounettie Jennings (grandchildren of 13,14,15,16)
Nov 28: Samuel Thomas Jennings and Lou Vicie Phillips (couple 15)
Nov 28: Bonus: Robert Cross Jennings (father of couple 15)
Nov 28: Bonus: Garrett Phillips (father of couple 15)
Nov 28: Bonus: Matthew Phillips (grandfather of couple 15)
Nov 29: Lucius Junius Osborn and Martha Elmore (couple 16)
Nov 29: Shanklin GGGGrandparents review
Nov 30: Tennessee Land Grants

Possibly Thomas Lacy Roberts (1807-1884) Tintype.  (The oldest family photo I've come across so far.)

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