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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.

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

Latest Post from Leaves & Branches

  • January 17, 2019: Obituary: Mittie Fortenberry Simmons, 1940 MS - Leaves & Branches
    Mittie Fortenberry Simmons

    15 July 1894 MS – 24 August 1940 MS

    Daughter of William Jackson Fortenberry & Canolia A.  Simmons

    Wife of Ora L. Simmons

    Photograph from Find A Grave
    Memorial #165881938

    Last Rites for Mittie Simmons

    47-Year-Old Wife of Ora L. Simmons Died at Hazelhurst Home. Mrs. Mittie Fortenberry Simmons and daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jack Fortenberry, of the Silver Springs community, died at her home in Hazelhurst on Saturday, August 24, after an extended illness.

    Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. J. B. Cain, of Hazelhurst, and the Rev. A. E. Pardue, of the Magnolia Baptist church, in the Baptist church of Hazelhurst. Internment followed in the Magnolia cemetery. 

    Besides her husband, Mrs. Simmons is survived by two daughters, Mitzie Lee and Pattie, and two sons, Ora, Jr. and Andrew Glen; four sisters, Mrs. Lelia Denman, Franklinton, La.; Mrs. Myrtis Dodds, Meadville; Mrs. Sara Steinbrenner, Atlanta, Ga., and Mrs. Wanzie Tuttle, Birmingham, Ala.; five brothers, Furman, Glenn, Sheldon Fortenberry, of Atlanta, Ga., Dr. Andrew Fortenberry of Morgan City, La.; Victor Fortenberry, Washington, D. C.; and Lane Fortenberry of Detroit, Mich.; one sister-in-law, Mrs. E. J. Simmons, of Magnolia; and a brother-in-law, Hansford L. Simmons of McComb. 

    Source: Last Rites for Mittie Simmons (McComb, MS: McComb Daily Journal, 27 Aug 1940) 1; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed July 2018.

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