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I have temporally taken over my cousin's (Rhonda Bruce) accounts so that they would not go in-active while they are...
Our grandparent lines: Bruce, Brooks, Childress, Holsonback, Hulsey, Kirby, Davis...
Ancestry DNA proven: Robert DeBruce (Bruse) of Scotland
Kirby and Hulsey into the Charlemagne Kingdom
There are many myths floating around out there in the world of genealogy, making it harder for genealogists. Don't derail your research by becoming a victim to the following false myths.
The 1890 census burned. It is true that more than 99 per cent was burned in a fire at the Commerce Building on Jan 10, 1921. However, when the fire broke out firefighters flooded the basement with water and the flames didn't spread to upper floors. The 1890 records were piled outside a records storage vault and were soaked. They set in storage for a while and sometime between 1933 and 1935, the records were destroyed. Fragments of the 1890 census with 6,160 names from the states of Illinois, Ohio, Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina later turned up and are available on microfilm.
You can find your whole family history online. It looks so simple on the show Who do you think you are? A few clicks on the keyboard and you find your family history but genealogy research is a lot more complicated than that. You can get lots of actual records online but there are also lots of errors in these records, including family trees. To adequately document your family tree, you need actual documents that often requires visits to Libraries, Courthouses and Archives.
Your ancestor came over on the Mayflower or George Washington is your ancestor. Lots of families have these stories and they became embellished over time, so be sure to do your research to validate. Nor everyone with the same last name is related. DNA evidence today has disproved many long held traditional famly stories about descendancy.
Your ancestor's name was changed at Ellis Island. Passenger lists were created at the port of departure and Ellis Island officially checked the names on the list. However, immigrants often changed their own names in an attempt to sound more American.
The Courthouse burned and all the records are gone. You may run into a courthouse fire. (and this is a good argument of why we need to digitize all court records but that's another story) If you run into this situation, remember....the vital records, naturalizations, deeds, wills and other records weren't always completely destroyed. Sometimes records survived or copies were sent to another office or agency.
You can buy your family crest. Actually, families don't have crests....individuals do. Coats of arms must be granted and you must prove descent through a male line of someone to whom arms were granted.
There were three brothers who came to America. One went north, one went south and the third went west. Oftentimes, this is an excuse for lazy genealogists who cannot explain why the same surname exists in different places. Many times, the families were not related at all. This story is now so common that if you hear it......consider it a red flag that other data may be false or not well-researched.
Good genealogy research takes time. There is just no way around it. I wish it was possible that with a few clicks on your computer keyboard, you could find your family ancestry but that is not the case.
Granted, research by others is always helpful and saves you considerable time but always remember to follow up and document the research with actual supporting records. It need not be expensive. Sometimes this data can be obtained for free online and many courthouses, archives and libraries provide copies of documents for a small fee.
Your tombstone stands among the rest;
Neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished, marbled stone.
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
And come to visit you.
We are searching for the grave's of James Jim Bruce and Sarah. 1820-1840 they lived in Marion County, TN, by 1850 Sarah Teague was in Dekalb County, Alabama with our 3rd great grandfather Francis Marion Bruce, Sr and living next to William Anderson Bruce, Marion's son in later years. James Bruce died between 1840-1850 for he is not with Sarah in 1850.
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