Sammy Boyd, Genealogist

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January 1, 2016

A Special Invitation:

If you think or know that we are related, please don't hesitate to get in touch. I love to find long-lost relatives, both close and distant!!!

I'm especially interested in finding my long-lost 1st cousin. I've searched and searched since learning about you, but with no success.


Hi, I was born and grew up in Pikeville, Bledsoe County, TN. Since I began researching my family tree in 2007, I have learned many things about thousands of relatives that I had never known about.

I know there are many people who are, or soon will be, searching for their roots as well. I hope the information that I place on this website will assist them in locating a long-lost relative.

I'm researching the following family lines, as well as MANY OTHER LINES associated with Bledsoe County, Tennessee and MANY OTHER STATES: Allison, Anderson, Biddle, Bowman, Boyd, Bradford, Campbell, Clifton, Cooke, Craig, Curry, Green, Hale, Hall, Hawkins, Holland, Larcome, Massey, Maxwell, McCoy, Pendergrass, Pleasants, Russell, Simmons, Skillern, Snow, Stanton, Steip, Stipe, Stipes, Watson, Wheeler, and others.

I'm thrilled to report that, after a multi-year effort, I'm now the proud owner of one of the elusive "Skillern Family History and Genealogy" book.

My private database contains in excess of 148,000 individuals, although I have posted only a tiny percentage of my data on Family Tree, Find A Grave, etc.

I've had my DNA analyzed through and The information contained in these test results continues to be invaluable to me in my quest to learn more about my family history, my health, and where my ancestors lived thousands of years ago.

According to my haplogroup, my Boyd line is believed to have originated in a place now known as Doggerland. You can learn more about it at the following websites: ...This is a short film. ...Another short film. ...Last film.

Updated March 8, 2018.

Happy hunting!!! :)



"Ancestors of Long Ago"

Written by Sandy Lamere Solari, 1998.

Ancestors of so long ago, I'll search until I find.

Till I can prove and clearly show, that you are truly mine.

I'll follow behind your trail of tears, the hidden footprints of time.

Covered and buried throughout the years, and continue each mountain to climb.

I'll search every faraway seaside shore, and every valley below.

I'll unlock each and every door, as my own teardrops flow.

I'll unearth the buried history of you, and your own ancestral kin, I'll search for that all important clue, and open my heart to let you in.



Written by Walter Butler Palmer, 1906.

Dear Ancestor,

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,
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 the spot;
And come and visit you?

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