One of my all-time favorite pictures, this was in a cache of tintypes that belonged to my great-grandmother, Vannie Harbour in TN. I fantasize that she is a relative of mine…but who? The date is ca. late 1890’s, early 1900’s. Her expression is so mystifying to me. How old do you all think she is?
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Locations and SurnamesHardin, Chester and Lawrence Counties, TN
Holt, Barnes, Harbour, Bradley Springer and Fendricks
Lawrence County, AL
Springer and Fendricks
Montgomery County, MD
Somerset County, MD
Waters, Fountain, Curtis
Duval and Madison County, FL
Smith, Harris, Garner
The Search For RootsI've been researching my ancestors for 15 years now, and the journey is just as exciting as when I first began. Come along with me as I share my triumphs, crash into brick walls, meet new cousins and share a few tips I've picked up along the way;) Be sure to click on the other tabs at the top of the page to view my family research: Maternal Ancestors and Paternal Ancestors.
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Favorite Family History Quotes"The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past."
"Call it a clan, call it a network, all it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one"
- Jane Howard
"Friends are God's apologies for relations."
"No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?"
"Families are like fudge; mostly sweet with a few nuts."
"If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you might as well make it dance!"
"Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city;)"
"Where does the family start? It starts with a young man falling in love with a girl. No superior alternative has yet been found."
"The great gift of family life is to be intimately acquainted with people you might never ever introduce yourself to had life not done it for you."
"If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all the generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people."
-Thich Nhat Hanh
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