Milam County


Genealogical Reconnaisance in Central Texas

Last month,  being Family History Month, seemed like a good time to head for the ancestral homelands in central Texas.  The fact that I was speaking at an American Bar Association thingie in Austin was completely coincidental. Longtime readers of this journal (if there are any out there!) will recall that in 1884, my great-great-grandmother and her son Otis went …Continue reading →

Rockdale, Texas

If it seems like years pass between my journeys into the ancestral homelands, well, that’s because it’s true.  My first trip “back home” was in 2005 when I went to Upson County, Georgia.   My second trip was in 2007 to Kansas City.   Now, I’m headed for Rockdale, Texas!  I leave tomorrow at noon. Rockdale is a town in Milam …Continue reading →

“Restore My Name:” The First Edition of the Carnival of African-American Genealogy

Luckie Daniels, proprietor of Our Georgia Roots, a tenacious researcher and tech expert, has taken on the hosting of the first edition of the Carnival of African-American Genealogy.   The theme for the first edition concerns slave research.   Participants are asked to answer one or more of the following questions: What responsibilities are involved on the part of the researcher when …Continue reading →

Another Texas School Record–With an Ironic Twist

I posted this one at GenealogyWise: This record is for my grand-uncles Carl Manson and Otis Preston Manson (who was known as Preston.) It’s signed by my great-grandfather, Otis Manson (1871-1950).  The historical ironies reflected here is that the school trustee who also signed the card, Daniel Henry Sanford, was the grandson of Reuben Sanford (1796-1846), whose family owned as …Continue reading →

Texas School Census Records

Over at GenealogyWise, in the Texas History Hunters Group,    Barbara Cunningham pointed out that Texas school census records can be a 1890 census substitute.   “In some counties, the County Clerk keeps and maintains the records. In other counties, they are kept by the County Judge,” Barbara said.  [Note for non-Texans: the “County Judge” is not a judicial officer–at least not …Continue reading →

An Overdue Visit to the Cemetery

While I was in San Jose over the weekend, I went with my parents to visit the grave of my grandfather, Quentin Vennis Harold Manson, who died in 1987.  He was 74 years old at the time.  When he died, I was stationed far away in the Air Force and could not attend the funeral.  Somehow, over the years, I …Continue reading →

My Great-Grandmother Moves to Texas

I suppose I may have taken some liberties with this month’s Carnival theme of  “What if .  .  . ” I don’t know exactly what happened when my great-great- grandmother and the son of a former slave owner  who lived next door absconded  to Texas from Georgia in 1884.  But what if it happened like this: Sitting and sipping tea …Continue reading →

Names, Places & Most Wanted Faces

I started this with a note on Facebook and it was suggested that it would make a good meme for bloggers.  The idea is to publicize your surnames and locales to see if anyone elseknows something about them.  For me on Facebook, I got several research-helpful replies. So how much better to take it to a wider audience. List the …Continue reading →

Georgia Confederate Pensions: Follow-up

After returning home to Upson County, Georgia, after 17 years in Texas, George Preston (“Pres”)  Birdsong applied for, and was denied, a pension for his four years of service in the Confederate Army.  His brother, Albert Hamill Birdsong, who had gone to Texas with Pres in 1884, returned to Upson County in 1903.  Albert had served two years in the …Continue reading →

Georgia Confederate Pensions on Ancestry Put to Use

George Preston Birdsong (1841-1905), known as “Pres” to family and friends, is my presumptive great-great-grandfather.  He was the scion of a prominent Upson County, Georgia, family.  Pres’s father, George Lawrence Forsyth Birdsong (“Larry”), was a sportsman and land owner.  Larry also served for a time as Upson County Sheriff. When the Civil War began, Pres enlisted in  Company K, 5th …Continue reading →

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