Category Archives: Projects

DNA – Glennis’ Paternal Search – Part 9

Following Morgan/Morgan (Dora & Ephriam) By Don Taylor My half-sister Glennis is a DNA match on Ancestry.Com with several individuals who have common ancestors with Francis and Fannie (McGregor) Morgan. In the search to determine Glennis’ biological father, I am … Continue reading

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Ancestor Bio – Dennis F. Murphy (c. 1845-1890)

By Don Taylor Born of Irish immigrants, Dennis Murphy had a rough childhood. He enlisted and went to war at a young age. He returned from the war and worked.  He married at about 40 years old, had three children, … Continue reading

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Death of a Child Provides Clue to Grandparents.

Whitten Project By Don Taylor One of the most difficult “brick walls” I see is when several people about the same age are living in the same place. I had been struggling with Dennis Murphy, who was married to Margaret … Continue reading

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Ancestor Bio – Dora Effie Jane Chism

Rittenberry Project By Don Taylor Today, I look at the Rittenberry family and the life of Dora Effie Jane Chism Rittenberry Johnson of Tennessee. Rittenberry Project 2017 – Ancestor #5 List of Grandparents Grandmother: Dora Effie Jane Chism [Rittenberry] [Johnson] … Continue reading

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DNA – Glennis’ Paternal Search – Part 8

Following Morgan/Morgan/May By Don Taylor My half-sister Glennis is a DNA match on Ancestry.Com with several individuals who have common ancestors with Francis and Fannie (McGregor) Morgan. In the search to determine Glennis’ biological father, I am continuing to develop … Continue reading

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DNA – Glennis’ Paternal Search – Part 7

Following Morgan/Morgan/Morgan/Davis By Don Taylor In the search to find the biological father of my sister Glennis, I am continuing to develop a tree of the descendants of Francis and Fannie (McGregor) Morgan of Pleasants County, West Virginia. Francis and … Continue reading

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Ancestor Bio – Minnie Mable Bodge (1872-1948)

52 Ancestors – Week 191 By Don Taylor I consider successful ancestor research if I can learn and document the vital records (birth, marriage, and death), follow the individual through all the Census records during their life, and learn the … Continue reading

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Adair Project – Ella E. (Mitchell) Adair

Ancestor Bio – Ella E (Mitchell)Adair 52 Ancestors – Week 190 By Don Taylor This week I look at Ella E. Mitchell. As is so often the case with women ancestors, her life events are defined by her husband and … Continue reading

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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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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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