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Military Monday…..our family heroes


I don’t come from what you would call a ” military family “

but, we have lots of family members who have served their country.

Hershel Pickens Enlistment

In doing my family research, I was most fascinated to learn of ancestors who fought in the American Revolution. Alexander Ewing for instance, on my mothers side.He was in Pennsylvania during the Revolution. I have since found other ancestors on each side that helped establish our country. I am quite proud of that fact.

In the civil war, my third great-grandfather, Joseph McCall was an Irish Immigrant. He came to America somewhere between 1829-1849. He married in Georgia, and fought in the 46th Georgia Regiment.

My father was enlisted in the Air Force. He was a photographer while enlisted, and took photos of plane events, such as recording plane crashes. He also played on the basketball team.

My mom’s brother, Albert Dean was in the US Marines. His son,  Bill Dean, was in the US Navy.

My grandmother’s brother, Thomas E. Ewing was in the US Army, during WW II. He enlisted June 9, 1942.

Aircraft photo by Hershel Pickens

Thomas Ewing, United States Army

Hershel Pickens Air Force Collage

Albert Dean USMC

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How I got started


It was probably about thirteen years ago when I really started searching for ancestor information. I started looking for through the information I already knew on my family history. I was searching through family photos, documents and anything I had with names. I knew basic info, but, like most people who try this at first, I did not know where to begin. I had not even owned a computer very long. I knew very little about using one. So, I started by searching genealogy. Yep, just typing in genealogy into the search engine. It took off from there.

There are alot of great search engines out there nowadays, a number of sites that many lists.compared to what there was even ten years ago. Over the years, I have stumbled upon some very obscure information that no one in the family ever talked about. My info was limited to grandparents only and the occasional bit of info about a great grandparent, only because I had a photo and the curiosity to go with it.

I am hoping to connect with other researchers who have had success, and tell stories and give insightful information to those who are also in search of family, history and answers to the questions they seek about where they come from as well.

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