All western Upshur County, Texas original settlers' surnames, such as, but not limited to: Carroll, Blackstone, Stringer, Dacus, Petty, Hearn, Martin, Steelman, Willis, Reavis, Carrington, Buchanan, Bouknight, Gaston, Langford, Cranfill, Holeman, Thompson, Mathis, Fuller, Plant, Wash, White,Satterwhite,Schrum, Shrum,Larue,Caffey, Miller, Jones, Parker, Davis, Hail, Snow, Whitter, McWhorter, Baird, Beard, Duffey, Spencer, and all others.
What countries and other locations are you interested in researching?
Mostly western Upshur County, Texas, USA
What is your level of genealogy knowledge?
Advanced Family History Researcher
If you are a genealogy expert, what are your specialties?
I am fairly well versed in all areas of genealogy, such as researching old courthouse records and legal documents, collecting and cataloging old pictures, interviewing family members, taking cemetery readings, understanding the language of the day, using naming patterns, nicknames from the time period, and migratory routes. Also, I know the importance of sourcing all information. In addition, I prefer to make my research "live', by including the history of the area, while writing family histories.
For what reason did you start genealogy research?
In my early twenties, I was introduced to family history by my great grandmother. She lived to be 105 years old, and was quite a family historian. After I totally finished most of my "roots", I decided to take on the task of researching the history of this area, where all eight of my great grandparents were among the first settlers. This undertaking led to my opening a private research "librarie" and retreat for others searching their roots in this area.