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THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING


I just received a death certificate in the mail. I had requested one of my great-grandmother, Alice Lindell Davidson Pickens. She is buried in Myrtle Hill cemetery , Tampa Florida. I had taken a trip to Tampa, several years ago, in hopes of finding her headstone. I knew she was in Myrtle Hill, I had found the record in the Plant City Archives.  It is actually names for an aunt by marriage, Quintilla Geer Bruton. Located in the old Plant City high school, where my grandmother graduated in 1928…….sorry.

Alice Lindell Davidson Pickens

Anyway, when I was in Tampa, back in 2008, I visited the old house in which I grew up. Well, I drove by it, of course, it was not the same. Also, my grandparents old house, which was not a pale pink. I turned on the GPS to find Myrtle Hill cemetery. And I set out to find the headstone of my ancestor. It is a beautiful cemetery, large oaks with draping moss. Old on the left, new on the right. I chose old. I was not a cemetery expert at this time. I did not have a plot to go by, so I was driving, walking and looking around. At the north side of the cemetery is the mausoleum. Fifties design, and it looked very familiar. I got a rather weird deja vu  feeling. The mausoleum did not seem unknown to me. I would later ask both my parents about this. I knew I had been there. The entrance was eerily familiar. A large headstone with the name ” Savage” was what stopped me in my tracks.Both my parents said they never took me there. I was not in attendance at my uncle Jimmy Pickens funeral, who is buried with his mother Alice. And they also told me that Nana would never have taken me there. Sometime later, a nice man volunteered to take a photo of Alice’s headstone, I was very close to it when I had visited. I found a plot of the cemetery later to confirm this.

Myrtle Hill cemetery entrance

So, now, I have another mystery to solve. On Alice’s death certificate, it lists her parents. Thank Goodness, my information was correct. But, it also has a last name of Cearley. I had seen this before. Texas is wonderful about posting death certificates on FamilySearch. I had found one on Alice’s mother, and it listed her name as Mary Lumley ( Davidson ) Cearley. This is a question, because, she is buried with her husband, Hiram Isaac Davidson. Now, I am off to see if there was indeed a marriage to a Cearley. Mary Lumley Sullivan Davidson is buried in Sanger cemetery, Denton county Texas.

Alice Lindell Davidson Pickens

Mary Lumley Sullivan Davidson Cearley

I think this is a mystery that can only be solved in Texas. Most of that side of the Pickens/ Davidson family lived in the northern part of Texas….in Denton, Cooke and Wichita counties.

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TUESDAY TIPS


                                            CREATING YOUR TREE

If you have not already been bitten by the genealogy bug, this is of no use to you. Nor will you even be reading this. But, if you are thinking of starting your family tree, here are some beginning tips on what to do.

  1. Start with your parents. What do you know of them, where they met, lived etc.
  2. Your grandparents. Now if you are fortunate enough to still have them, ask as many questions as you can, and have a tablet. This is how I started. Learn about their siblings, where the grandparents lived, worked and who their parents were. The great-grandparents are key. This could take you back much further, probably Civil War time depending on your age.
  3. Photographs, hopefully mom saved a lot of these, and grandma too. Hope that the photos have names and dates on the back.
  4. Resource centers cemeteries in which your ancestors are buried, local LDS centers, death, marriage and birth certificates in your family.
  5. Join an online community , such as Rootsweb, Genealogy Wise, FamilySearch, Genforum or Ancestry. This is a great way to network your info.
  6. Research on Findagrave, I have found many headstones there, as well as other family buried in the same cemetery. This also gives you locality information on where your family lived.
  7. USGenWeb has great information broken down by state and county. There are volunteers there to help.
  8. Local libraries/archives has old census records, deeds and abstracts, as well as court records to help you in your search.
  9. Visit towns in which your family grew up, I did this recently and discovered a new world.
  10. Lastly, try to stick to one family at a time, if you don’t, you may stray and never get back to your original question……

WHERE DO I COME FROM?

Family Search Indexing


I have started doing something new. Hopefully, this will be my contribution to records seen around the world. I don’t often have time to do as much research as I would like, but, have found a way to enable others to see the much needed information for which they are searching.

There is a program you can download from FamilySearch. You can choose from a list of records to index. You read the records downloaded, key in the recorded information, and send the batch back to their system. So far, I have reviewed marriage records, death certificates and draft registrations. It’s my small way of contributing something helpful to others, for those looking for years to come.

If you would also like to do indexing of records, here is the site.

https://familysearch.org/volunteer/indexing

Julie A Brown Pickens death certificate

Setting Research Goals


Doing meaningful genealogy requires forethought and planning. Without a plan, the purposes you have set out to accomplish may not be achieved. What is it you specifically hope to find? In genealogy research, the majority of goals focus upon:

  • Finding the parent’s names
  • Finding an individual’s birth date or place
  • Finding a marriage date or place
  • Finding a death date or place
  • Finding a spouse’s name, or maiden name
  • Finding the names of siblings
  • Finding background information on the family
  • locating census records

Steps to Success

  • organize what you have- label photographs, scan photos to your computer, write down locations
  • interview older relatives- find someone on each side to ask questions about places they lived, stories they have heard
  • visit a family history center such as LDS, check online for your local center
  • write out your personal stories
  • and last, take a trip. try to go to the location you are in the most ned of information, talk to people at the library, court house etc. There are always willing researchers

 

 

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