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Dee Burris Blakley ([personal profile] dee_burris) wrote2012-11-21 08:27 am

Random musings...

I started this blog to share - photos, memories, documents, places and people - with other people.

Freely sharing was important to me because of the sharing of information I experienced in the early years of this journey when I asked for information.

On surname message boards. Hard to believe, but I still find posts of my own from 1999 on some of those boards.

Distant cousins found the blog in Google searches. I correspond with several of them still. All the other bloggers were right.

If you build it, they will come.
In the last few months, I've started getting emails that go something like this:
I am making sure that this e-mail doesn't bounce. I am researching a possible family connection in Arkansas. (That's the actual text of a message I found in my inbox this morning.)

I always reply to those, to let them know the email address is still good. Sometimes, there is a distant family connection.

Sometimes, people have seen how Arkansas-intensive my tracks are on the internet, and they just need help with their own trees.

What can I say? I'm a Scorpio, and always intrigued by a mystery.

Even when it doesn't have one of my own surnames on it.
You know how people say that they hope they don't find out they unwittingly married their own cousin?

I've always figured that somewhere downline - closer to my generation - I'd find out someone was a cousin of their spouse.

I decided last week to start looking at my nephews' and niece's families on the *other* sides of their families.

I started with my niece. Her father's surname is Rankin.

Started with her dad and went backward.

After about 3 hours, I sat here grinning like a fool.

Her dad is my 4th cousin, twice removed. The connection starts in 1877, when John James Rankin married Margaret Ann Lemley in Pope County.

Margaret Ann was the daughter of Ephraim Lemley, Jr. and Cynthia Elvira Burris.

So my niece is also my 4th cousin, three times removed.
Of course, I didn't stop with the pedigree.

I'm looking for bits and pieces of information that give the third dimension to the names, dates and places.

Turns out the Rankins (and their allied families) were quite the movers and shakers in Perry County, AR.

And some of its earliest settlers.

The Rankin family will have blog posts of its own.
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[personal profile] rainbow 2012-11-22 09:10 am (UTC)(link)
My maternal grandmother's parents were cousins. No one realized until the older folks were talking after the wedding and realised they were fourth cousins (his mother was an Olberding and so was her father).

I also have a first cousin 3x removed who married his first cousin; they had to get special permission from Rome and the family still raised a stink, so they got secretly married. The families didn't find out until she got pregnant 3 years later.

(Anonymous) 2012-11-29 11:23 am (UTC)(link)
Love it. One of the first mysteries I wanted to solve when I began this great genealogy adventure was how my grandparents were "double cousins" as she always liked to tell me. When I finally found out that they weren't biologically (as far as I know yet) related, but that the aunt of my grandmother and the uncle of my grandfather married, I let out a shout. I had solved it, and now I was hooked. I also love a mystery.