Author Archives: Don Taylor

Crutchfield Project – It’s a Start

Ancestor Biography – Crutchfield Project 52 Ancestors – Week 137 By Don Taylor I was recently asked to help someone learn more about his ancestry. He knew he was Italian, but didn’t know how much. He also knew his parent’s … Continue reading

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DNA Match leads to 3rd Great’s

Autosomal DNA Brown/Manning/Fannin Line By Don Taylor On 23 and Me, I contacted a cousin I’ll call “JK.” The individual shared 1.34% of his DNA with my mother and .77% of his DNA with me. He also shared .91% of … Continue reading

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Fannin – Surname Saturday

Name Origin Fannin is an Irish surname. It is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic name “O Fionnáin” meaning   ‘descendant of Fionnán’, a diminutive of Finn.[i] Forebears suggests it means “Descendant of the little, blond man; grandson of little Fionn … Continue reading

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Donna Darling Collection – Part 12

Family Photos #1 – Russell, Donna, & Sammy Treasure Chest Thursday by Don Taylor This week I took a look at ten photos from the Donna Darling Collection. Unfortunately, three of the photos were blurry or otherwise unusable. Of the … Continue reading

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We’re Related – Fanning, Roosevelt, & Clemmens

We’re Related – A Third Look for my Wife Famous Friday by Don Taylor It had been a while since I tried using “We’re Related,” so I thought I’d take another quick look at my wife’s closest matches. Among the latest … Continue reading

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Ancestor Bio – Nimrod Lister (c. 1826-c. 1900)

52 Ancestors – Week 187 By Don Taylor Nimrod, an Old Testament character who was the great-grandson of Noah, is a fairly unusual name, so I figured I’d be able to follow him easily – No such luck. I found … Continue reading

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J. D. Howell – Beulaville Minister 1917 & 1918

Howell-Darling Research Howell Line “Pete” Howell was born in Limestone Township, Duplin County, North Carolina on 10 Oct 1918. At the time of his birth, we know that his father, James Dallas (J.D.) Howell was a minister in Beulaville. (Beulaville … Continue reading

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Alhambra Theatre – Milwauke

Donna Darling Collection – Part 11 Treasure Chest Thursday By Don Taylor For this week’s Treasure Chest Tuesday, I’m looking at two clippings from the Donna Darling Collection, both dealing with her playing at the Alhambra Theatre. I have cropped, … Continue reading

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Ancestor Bio – Dee Rittenberry

By Don Taylor I was really excited when one of my grandchildren indicated that she was interested in her family history. In particular, she wondered about her paternal grandmother’s family, the Rittenberrys. I knew very little about them, so I … Continue reading

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Twins or Not Twins, that is the question

Cecil and Mary Rose Rittenberry Rittenberry Project 2017 By Don Taylor At first, I thought they were twins.  Two children, Cecil Rittenberry and Mary Rose Rittenberry, born on the same date, December 7, 1909, to the same parents, Dee and … Continue reading

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