Monday, March 7, 2011

The Genie is Out of the Bottle

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My Facebook friend, Debbie Taylor Sterbinsky, who writes the genealogy column for the "Brownsville States Graphic" was nice enough to include my Haywood County Line blog in her recent "Genealogy Genie" column.

Debbie, along with several other volunteers including Tina Gray, Harriet Coburn and Jim Ackerman do some amazing work at the Elma Ross Public Library there in Brownsville with the Reese J. Moses-Scallions Genealogy Room. If you visit the room there and check out the filing cabinets against the wall, you'll find some amazing information about many of the families who settled Haywood County, TN. Much of the information was collected by and then donated to the library by Reese Moses who died in 2005.

When Debbie asked for a photo to include in the article, I sent her a copy of one of my favorites which was shared with me by a distant cousin, Lynn Graves. I wrote about the photo back on November 27 in the blog entry titled, "Great Photo from the Texas Castellaws."

To me, it's a great example of connecting through social networking with relatives you never knew you had and who can provide little bits of detail that help flesh out the story of your ancestor's lives.

I am hoping more people from Haywood County may see the article, check out the blog and help me answer some more questions.  For example, I have been trying for weeks to figure out the parents of Beverly M. Williamson who donated the land for Providence Methodist Church in Madsion Co., TN. Somebody out there may have just the document I need tucked away in a box in their barn.

If you have any info, please let me know and I promise I will be your Facebook friend for life.

1 comment:

  1. Debbie SterbinskyMarch 9, 2011 at 8:47 AM

    Thank you for all the kind words Scott! We appreciate what you are doing!