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Welcome to all of you family members, genealogists and internet wanderers. My family tree is actually a forest of assorted names and locations. Check out the branches to discover if you share a leaf or two.

Surnames (above and to the right). Here are the main family trees. My goal is to include names, dates, descendants, photographs, documents  & sources for my information. These names link to locations & cemeteries. Related? Contact me to share & compare.

Locations (above and to the right). Here you can find my family names associated with each location, useful websites and blogs, books, maps and other resources that are helpful for research there. Do you have a favorite resource:  archive, book, website to share? Let me know.

Cemeteries (above). The final resting places of my ancestors. Names, dates, maps & photographs are here.

Also visit my blog, Leaves & Branches for information on my current research, new discoveries, missing ancestors, memories and other miscellaneous posts. See the latest post below.

This website is always changing as I include newly uncovered information. Check back soon for more content! – – – Colleen

Latest Post from Leaves & Branches

  • April 17, 2015: Join in! Arbor Day: " Oldest Tree” - Leaves & Branches
    If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed;

    If in terms of ten years, plant trees;

    If in terms of 100 years, teach the people.


    Join the Arbor Day Celebration.

    TheNational Celebration will be on 24 April, the fourth Friday in the month.  There are willows, oaks, apple trees and, of course, family trees. Let’s use the holiday to celebrate our family trees.

    This Week’s Arbor Day Prompt

    Friday, April 17     “Oldest Tree”

    Look at the trees of your eight great grandparents. Which one stretches back the furthest in time? What was happening in the world when this tree was ‘planted’? How much do you know about the ancestor who ‘planted’ this tree?

    Suggestions. Make a time line. Show us a map of how far your tree's seeds have spread. Tell us what life was like for your oldest ancestor. Is there a tree that has been around as long as your family tree? The oldest known giant sequoia based on ring count is 3,500 years old. Angel Oak in SC is 1500 years old.

    Share.Be sure to post a comment below with a link to your “Oldest Tree” post!

    Research, Have Fun, Get Creative & 
    Post when you are Ready!

    Next week: “Plant a Tree”

    My “Oldest Tree”

    Looking at my great grandparents and moving back through the generations I find that Rose Ella Brumfield Brown is my winner for the “Oldest Tree”. I can go back to her 5 x great grandfather [my 7x great grandfather]. I must give credit to the AlfordAmerican Family Association for all research they have done & shared.

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