Genealogy and Personal Finance: How I Rein in My Expensive Hobby

Family history research is not cheap. These are just a few of the things I've spent money on in order to do family research in my time: Books Copies of documents (some courthouses charge as much as $1.00/copy) Ancestry.com membership Ordering records Travel to research Tape and records to record interviews (back in the day) … Continue reading Genealogy and Personal Finance: How I Rein in My Expensive Hobby

“Paschel” P. West. What’s in a (Given) Name?

I've already blogged about my family tree brick wall, George W. West (b. abt. 1819 in Spartanburg County, SC). As I've been digging and delving into that family though, one given name keeps sticking out to me. "Paschel" or, as it's sometimes spelled, "Paschal" or "Pascal." I have two Paschels in my West line, and have found … Continue reading “Paschel” P. West. What’s in a (Given) Name?

Josephine L. McDaniel West (1857-1928): Her Life in 5 Images

When we buried my beloved and very-much-missed Granna Ellabel (Duncan) West at Hightower Baptist Church in Ball Ground, GA last Christmas Eve, the ground was a little soggy and I had chosen for some reason to wear heels. As I made my way to her burial site, I - being me - tripped and accidentally … Continue reading Josephine L. McDaniel West (1857-1928): Her Life in 5 Images

George W. West, b. abt. 1819 in Spartanburg, SC – Who’s Your Daddy?

I have a family mystery. (Unlike every other genealogist out there, right?) I'm looking for the record that proves the parentage of George W. West. Read on for more about my West Connection or click here to get straight to the Mystery of George W. West's Parentage. Who was George W. West? GEORGE W. WEST … Continue reading George W. West, b. abt. 1819 in Spartanburg, SC – Who’s Your Daddy?