It's (Finally) Here!
After many years of research and a year of writing, my fifth book has been published and is available on Amazon. On the Banks of the Pee Dee: the ancestry of Mary Gladys Jordan Sells is the family history I wrote for a client, beginning with her grandmother. From the back cover:
Mary Gladys Jordan was born in Anson County, North Carolina in 1912, the oldest daughter of 17-year old Hallie Walters and her husband Oscar Jordan. Hallie died when Mary was seven years old, and so with her father’s consent, Mary was adopted by a childless couple, Rev. James Franklin and Betty (Smith) Sells. Mary Gladys Jordan Sells married Jethro Benson Thompson and had nine children before she died in 1980.
Mary may not have known it, but she had deep roots in North Carolina. On both sides she had great-grandfathers who fought in the War of Northern Aggression. Surnames in her family tree include Jordan, Walters, Mask, Kiker, Stacy, and Williams. This is their story.
This is a family history written in the style of the NGSQ, going back 5 generations to the early nineteenth century Montgomery and Anson Counties, North Carolina. If you have ancestry in NC, or these surnames in your family tree, you will probably be interested in the methods and sources I used.
What I've Been Doing
* Working on a revised and expanded editions of my first two books, Genealogy Offline and Searching for Your Ancestors in Historic Newspapers.
* Learning to use Adobe InDesign for publishing future books
* Reading Advanced Genetic Genealogy (when they say Advanced, they
* Solving yet another unknown parent case
* Babysitting 18-month old Summer