Welcome to Our Leaves & Branches!

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

  • June 21, 2016: Travel Tuesday: Where Have You Traveled? - Leaves & Branches
    Independence Day is coming! 
    My family will be gathering!

    Independence Day means it is time for the family to gather here for a big cookout. There will be aunts & uncles and cousins of all ages. It is a great time to reconnect and a great time for me to share my research into our family history. 

    In the Past

    I set up trifold displays highlighting my research. One year I showed everyone how our Brown family moved from Virginia, through the Carolinas, into Louisiana & Mississippi. Our branch continued into Ohio and the New York.

    I included information on the routes they may have taken & details about The Federal Road. The display inspired lots of conversations about our family.

    This Year

    What about our current family & travel?

    When the family gathers it is also time for fun. This year I have a couple contests. 

    1. How many states have you visited? Has anyone visited all 50? Who has visited the most states?

    2. What is the most unusual place you have visited in the USA? Was it an unusual museum? The largest ball of string?  Judges will select the winners.

    Everyone will add post it notes to a trifold display. It should spark conversations about our family's current travels and maybe some interesting stories to add to our family's history.

    Prizes will be given! 

    I have sewn fabric baskets in red, white & blue. They will be filed with small surprises & given to the winners.

    How will you celebrate the 4th?

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