April 2019

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 
      mean Advanced!
*     Solving yet another unknown parent case
*     Babysitting 18-month old Summer

What I'm Reading
 We Hope for Better Things takes place in Michigan, and is a multi-layered story of Elizabeth Balsam, reporter for the Detroit News, and her Aunt Nora, who came of age just before the 1967 race riots. Set in different times (1960s, present day, and Civil War era) and different places (downtown Detroit and rural Lapeer county), it is a fascinating story of love and loss.


Advanced Genetic Genealogy:
Techniques and Case Studies

Like I mentioned before, when they  say advanced, they mean it! !4 chapters written by well-known and very experienced genealogists include discussions of case studies, ethics and privacy issues. For a fuller review see Louis Kessler's Behold Blog.
Upcoming Presentations
Saturday, April 20, 2 pm
Auburn Library
I Did the DNA Test - Now What Do I Do?

Saturday, April 27, 3:00 pm
South Hill Library
Searching for Your Ancestors in Historic Newspapers

See the complete list of my lectures on my website here.
If you'd like to see these at your local library, ask your librarian to contact me!

In the News

 Have you ever heard of semi-identical twins?
Or three-quarter siblings
Switched at birth discovered 75 years later 

The way we speak now was shaped by what our ancestors ate

DNA from a 200 year old pipe sheds light on its owner

Over 50 half-siblings discover the fertility doctor's secret

Parabon Nanolabs are solving cold cases with the help of CeCe Moore

DNA reveals the legacy of the Spanish Inquisition
Ancestry's new ThruLines help you see your other matches and your common ancestor - here are my matches who also descend from Stacy Webb Thompson.
Ancestry's new color-coding helps group matches into "genetic networks".
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