The search for our ancestors can be such a rewarding experience and yet quite time consuming and frustrating. The question is how to trace your family tree. Each new record or piece of evidence we find brings about new information about our families. Finding a marriage record for an ancestor is quite exciting. A wealth of information can come from marriage records including a spouses name, place of marriage, birth years, etc.. With the continuous introduction of more and more digital records, the search for records would seem to be an easier task.
Is tracing down your ancestors and making a family tree something that you’ve always wanted to do but you’re just not sure where to begin? The easy solution in family tree research is to start with yourself. You are the beginning of your family tree. This works out quite perfectly because we know ourselves right? More often than not, we know our parents information as well, and at least our grandparents names. This where you start making a family tree. (more…)
A great resource for family tree researchers are census records. In the United States, we can access census records in some areas as far back as 1790 and currently as late as 1930. Census records remain sealed to the public for 72 years after they are taken. While early census records will often fail to provide too much information and often not even the names of anyone except the head of the household, later census records can provide a wealth of information for the family tree. (more…)
I recently did family tree research for someone who have very little information to start with. Her recently deceased mother had gone by many different names over time, had moved many times to multiple states, and had little to no communication with her family. She knew nothing about her mother’s side of the family and wasn’t even sure what her mother’s legal name was. With this sort of information to start off with, researching a family tree can seem like a no-go right from the beginning. (more…)
Genealogy and researching family trees has become quite popular. Why the interest in tracing ancestral lines? This was not necessarily a popular hobby in the past. This can be seen by how difficult it can often be to track down your ancestors. Vital records were not kept formally by the government until recently and it is not altogether normal to find family trees all put together and complete from 100 or 200 years ago. Why then, has genealogy become so popular now? (more…)
One of the things that I found most difficult to understand when I first started doing family history research is the relationships of cousins. I remember finding a long-lost cousin who informed me that we are second cousins; once removed. That’s great! Now what does that mean? (more…)
Paul Anthony Eakins was born on March 1, 1951 in St Louis, Missouri. He was one of three children born to parents Paul Wade Eakins and Lottie May White.
On May 1, 1969, Paul enlisted into the navy and was released from service on March 1, 1971.
Shortly thereafter, Paul married a living Scotino and had two children in Missouri. His places of residence include Gravois Street, St Louis and Roland Avenue, O’Fallon, Missouri.
After they divorced, Paul remarried Lynne A (Merva) Elliot on November 22, 1983 in Butler County, Ohio. They went on to have three more children together. The family settled in Throop and Scranton, Pennsylvania.
On February 1, 2006, Paul died while living in Throop, Pennsylvania. He is buried at St John’s Cemetery.
Benjamin Franklin Eakins was born on October 22, 1895 in Webster, Kentucky. He was the third of eight children born to parents Wade Ramsey Eakins and Genoa Fannie Downey.
In 1900, the family is renting a house in Onton, Webster County, Kentucky. Ben is four years old.
Wade Ramsey Eakins was born on October 28, 1864 in Webster, Kentucky. His is the thirteenth of fourteen children born to parents Andrew Jackson Eakins and Nancy Wade Hicks.
By 1880, following the death of his father, Wade and his brother David are living with the Springfield family in Slaughterville, Webster, Kentucky, working on their farm. Sarah Springfield is Wade’s sister. Wade is sixteen years old.
Andrew Jackson Eakins was born in 1817 in Henderson, Henderson County, Kentucky. He was the fifth of twelve children born to parents George Eakins and Sarah “Sally” Elizabeth Melton. He went by the name Andrew or AJ throughout his life.
On October 12, 1841, Andrew married Nancy Wade Hicks in Henderson, Kentucky. (more…)
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