*My Own Genealogy

From an early age, these were things I loved to do: read nonfiction history and historical fiction, solve puzzles and spend time with my family. When I was growing up, we always had a small bookshelf in the living room with my mom’s copy of Charles Ross Shultz’s The Descendants of Michael Shultz. Mom remembered that when the book was published, her parents received a post card offering the book for sale; since she expressed interest, they bought it for her.

Then, when I was in sixth grade, I received my class’s American History award from a DAR chapter. I didn’t even know there was such a thing as Daughters of the American Revolution. The very idea of knowing that someone could tell what her ancestors have done generations previously was thrilling to me.

I always was a little jealous of my classmates who would say with authority, “I’m Irish,” or “I’m half French,” or “I’m half Indian.” I knew two things only about my ancestry: Gramps’s family was probably part Indian, and my dad’s grandfather was a first cousin of Abraham Lincoln’s. So my interest was there; I just didn’t know how to go about finding my own ancestry. (By the way, no evidence of either tradition has ever shown up.)

When we were living in Buffalo, New York, in the summer of 1966, I found a library book on genealogy. I read, followed the directions, wrote letters, starting with own four grandparents and my great-grandmother Pedigo. They gave me names and addresses to write more letters. At the end of that summer, as my parents were moving to Kansas City, we went to Oklahoma and drove around visiting aunts, cousins, and graveyards. Gramps answered with the famous-in-the-family letter about me being descended from a monkey. But by the start of college that fall, I had my five-generations chart full.

One memory in particular that stands out is Gramps saying, “You know, my grandparents are buried at Clinton.” Mom didn’t even know that.

It’s now over 40 years later, and this hobby has been a continuing challenge through all these years. I packed my genealogy away when we went to South America as Evangelical missionaries and didn’t do much for 15 years or so. This is the time when my aunt, Ramona Duff, and my parents found a great deal on their own. Mom especially made a great collection of family photos. In 1986, after my bout with the Mexico City earthquake, typhoid fever and hepatitis A, I spent most of my recovery time for two or three years writing genealogy letters.

And of course, after we bought our first Macintosh computer in 1988 and the Internet came along soon after, genealogy will never be the same.

Key dates, 1970: I joined the DAR. As of 2014, I have 21 proven patriot ancestors and two pending.

1987: My mom and I went to the DAR Library in Washington DC; finds included Gilbert, Joy, Atwell (still not sure about this one), and James Alvis in Pike Co MO.

1989: On the same day, although residing in different countries and using different sources, Ramona and I found the identity of Nancy (Morris) Armstrong’s parents. I’m still looking for her grandparents though.

1992: On my only trip to Salt Lake City, with my mom and dad, I found my link to Ashley Alvis and Asa Brooks’s birth in Buffalo. Too bad I didn’t know that in 1966! We must have driven several times right past several ancestors’ graves near I-90 and in other places in western New York.

1993: I discovered the ancestors and helped my Dad join the Society of Mayflower Descendants. He was later the Oklahoma Governor of the Mayflower Society. That’s also the year I moved back to the United States after almost 17 years in Colombia and Mexico, specifically Mexico City. And I joined the Mayflower Society soon after. I also located Mayflower ancestry for my husband, who also joined. I have been State Historian since 2005.

1997: My mother and I joined the Associated Daughters of Early Americam Witches.

2004: After six weeks of study in the Dickinsons of New England, I deduced David Dickinson’s most likely ancestry.

2007: I finally found two more generations back of Armstrongs; I’d been hunting since 1966 in the right town, but this is when an index to land records became available on the Internet.

2008: I set up several web sites, including this blog.

2009: I researched Revolutionary War details for my patriot ancestors.

2010: I joined the Society of Descendants of Washington’s Army at Valley Forge. I also started working with Wikitree.com.

2011: I scanned and posted my parents’ remarkable photo collection on the Internet.

2013: After reading five or six books about DNA, I was tested at 23andme.com. My mtDNA is H1n, and my father’s was H1a (I know this from a second cousin whose grandmother was my grandmother’s sister). I immediately was matched with a second cousin from the Pedigo family, a third cousin from the Eysters, and a fifth cousin who is descended from Samuel Harper, Jr., of Hart County, Kentucky, probably a first cousin of my Frances (Harper) (Meredith) Pedigo’s father James. I am working at more matching and an entirely new angle of genealogy research.

Published on August 3, 2008 at 4:49 pm  Comments (18)  

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  1. Hi,
    I am Harvey Frank Hulse. My great grand mother was Fatima Copas, she married my grandfather James P Hulse. Her mother was Rose Ann Alvis, Daughter of Henry Harris Alvis and Morning. Thacker. I have traced a lot of this genealogy but anything you have would be greatly appreciated.Anything on Morning thacker would be greatly appreciated since I was always told My Great Grandmother Fatima was a descendent of the cherokee nation through the Thacker line and that Morning was a full blood Cherokee? I traced the line all the way back to King Edward the 3rd through the Stanley line, an off shoot from Alvis.. I am the official recorder for the Hulse Clan V
    Thanks
    Frank Hulse

    • Do you have access to copies of the old Alvis Exchange newsletter? It was published from the later 1980s through about 2004. Several articles were published about Henry Harris Alvis. Email me at alvispat@htswireless.com if you would like to order copies.
      Kathy

  2. I happen to come upon your website and was thrilled to see that you had found Nathaniel Webster, a Patriot. I have been trying to get into the DAR and he was on my list to look up and nothing was found in any way on him. That was a few years ago. I again thought I would hunt for him and that’s when I came upon you website. I have sent for anything and everything on the Webster family to get some facts that would show Patriotism. Thanks so much for your findings.

    • I’d be happy to help you fill out the application for DAR. Where do you live? Which child of Nathaniel’s is your ancestor? Do you have documents for every generation? I love doing applications and lineage research, so don’t consider it an imposition.
      Kathy

      • Kathy,
        I come from the Nathaniel Webster & Margaret Steele family. Their daughter Agnys married William Woodrum II and that travels down to me. Nathaniel is my 5th ggrandfather.I live in Stanford,Ky.Would you prefer I send the info that I have through the mail?
        Elizabeth

  3. Send me what you have, and I’ll look it over. We need birth, marriage, death information, all the way from Agnys and William’s marriage record to you. It is important that each link be clear–parent to child.

    I’ll start typing the application and let know what gaps if any I see. Look at this: http://services.dar.org/public/dar_research/search_adb/default.cfm

    Do you have a local DAR chapter in Stanford, or shall I help you find one?
    Kathy

  4. Kathy,
    Nathaniel Webster Can’t be found as a Patriot by my local DAR.
    Elizabeth

  5. iam joyce gearhart, owen, joy cass co mi

  6. Hi,my name is Robert Shultz. Michael is my ancestor. My line is thru Conrad,his son David Shultz, (Teacher in Somerset co. Pa) His son Norton McCreary Shultz – Printer in st. Louis Mo; Paul J. Shultz Sr.-Policeman in St. Louis Mo; Paul J. Shultz Jr.-printing factory laborer in St. Louis Mo and Me-Robert Shultz- Retired Electrician-O’Fallon Mo. My question is -Where and how can we find ” The Family Bible” and where is Charles Ross Shultz-keeper of the Bible? Thanks for youe info.

    • Charles Ross Shultz died decades ago.

  7. Everything is very open with a very clear description of
    the issues. It was really informative. Your website is very helpful.

    Many thanks for sharing!

  8. Hi Kathy, I am also a Okie(was born there) but live in Mo. now.I see you are tracing Thomas Parkers. N.C. son-William, son-John Howard Parker, that went to Gaither Ark. Would love to hear from you. Joy Evans

  9. Hi Kathy, I have been tasked with the challenge to “clean up” the family history record on the Light side of the family. I found this blog to be most helpful. Laura Idella Light is my Great Great Grandmother, daughter of Charles H Light, son of Daniel Light Jr,, son of Daniel Light, son of John Light. Thank you for all your work.
    Gayle Reynolds

    • Thanks, Gayle. I have a genealogy friend descended from your Daniel Light Sr’s daughter Elizabeth, who married her cousin Jacob Light. She has tried for quite a while to find documentary evidence that names Elizabeth’s parents.
      Do you by any chance have anything about this?
      Kathy

      • Gayle, I don’t have Laura Idella Light in my files. Would you send more info please.

  10. Was woundering if the Andrew Allison Light that you have listed here had any children, I am trying to find information on my great-grandfather Robert Lee Light’s parents. The only information that I have on his parents are the names: Andrew Light (don’t know middle name) and Ella Long. This is all I have on his parents. Robert was born 31 Aug 1882 and there is a question on place of birth for him some say Ohio, and or Va and Wv. My great-grandfather Robert was married twice, 1st wife Ella Lee Gee she died in 1918 and he married Lura Ada Nolen in 1919. Just woundering if the Andrew had any children and to see if your Andrew is the Andrew that I’m looking for. Thanks

    • Andrew A Light lived in Clermont Co OH his whole life. In the 1900 census, his wife Maggie said she had one child, no longer living.

  11. Thanks, figured it would be a long shot.


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