Author Archives: Edith

About Edith

I learned many things in my previous career, but the most important was that communication opens minds and changes lives. I want to apply the same to my new venture in genealogy because we can all benefit from sharing tips and techniques. I have really enjoyed teaching adult classes in genealogy research techniques and want this blog to act as an extension of that experience. I'm currently researching my family surnames including Hawkins, Thomas, Bolling, Alexander, Gudger and Rogers. Enjoy the hunt!

Writing My Family History

I’ve wanted to get this book on my father’s line finished for four years or more. I think I’m making headway for once! It seemed like an insurmountable task in the past, but when I wrote an outline with chapter … Continue reading

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Top 5 Steps to Preserve Old Photographs

I gave a talk to the Swain County Genealogical Society on Thursday night. They wanted a subject that had broad appeal for genealogists so I suggested the topic of dating and preserving old photographs. The idea stuck so I got … Continue reading

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My Heritage Took a Left Turn!

I am sure something unusual has happened to you regarding who you thought you were. Maybe a relative told a story about your parent that surprised you or a new link to an American Indian way back in your lineage … Continue reading

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A New Tip for familysearch.org

As you probably know, http://www.familysearch.org is a fantastic resource for genealogy research but I’ve been reading about several new strategies to make this site even more helpful so I thought I would share a few here. First, if you haven’t registered … Continue reading

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Davy Crockett Connected to Buncombe County, NC

Last week I was working at the Old Buncombe County Genealogical Library (OBCGS)  and was surprised to have a call from John Le at our local television station WLOS asking about the relationship between Elizabeth Patton and Davy Crockett. We … Continue reading

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Gravestone Gravity, cont.

  Picture by Joanne Rathe, Boston Globe Well, I starting reading about the restoration of gravestones so I could learn more about the process since we may be doing this for one of our ancestors this year. There is a … Continue reading

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Gravestone Gravity

We went to a cemetery a couple of weeks ago to look at an ancestor’s stone to make a plan to install a second stone – for his wife. We have known that she was buried there for many years, … Continue reading

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Quilts Can Preserve Family History

On a whim, I went to the Asheville Quilt Show put on by the Asheville Quilt Guild last weekend. I just loved all the creativity displayed there, but I was overwhelmed with the thought of making any quilt, especially those … Continue reading

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Where Did They Come From?

I’ve had a really busy summer and was not quite in the habit of writing this blog on a regular basis so I let it lapse for a while. Now I am back and ready to share more genealogy tips … Continue reading

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Family Picnics

We had our family picnic yesterday (14 June 2014) in Asheville on Lake Julian. We started having them again on the second Saturday of June because that was the habit for most summers since the 1920’s. Our common ancestor is … Continue reading

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