Carolina Girl Genealogy

Researching My Southern Roots

"Who are their People? My grandmother used to ask me this whenever we discussed anyone. She wanted to know family connections.
Like her I want to know "My People". This blog is about that discovery.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

52 Ancestors Week 12~Different~A Sunday With Family

  Researching newspapers this week lead me to the ancestor(s) for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2015 Edition. The topic for week 12 is "Different". What did I find that was different? Spelling. 

  My search was on the Stafford family of Sumter County, South Carolina during the late 1800's to the early 1900's. Now, you're probably thinking, Stafford?-there's not much you can do to mess up the spelling of Stafford, but it wasn't the Stafford name that I found.
 It was Dortery. 

My maternal Grandmother was a Daughrity. The surname is found in records spelled many ways. 
  Dorrity in the census.
  Dority on Civil War records.
  Darrity on a headstone.
  Daugherty by a collateral line. 

 This new spelling is one I may have never found it if my Stafford and Daughrity families weren't connected in more than one way.
    From a society column on 26 July 1911 I learned that:

County Correspondence
Newsy Letters From Our Special Correspondents
Items of Interest from Sections of Sumter and Adjoining Counties
Sumter County Watchman and Southron (Sumter, South Carolina)
26 July 1911 pg.8
Manning David Dorrity (1844-1918) and  Mary Elizabeth (Stafford) Dorrity (1843-1930) were my maternal Great Great Grandparents. They both were born, lived and died in the Sumter County area of South Carolina.  
    Who were they visiting on that Sunday in July of 1911? A search of the 1910 census along with finding his Delayed Birth Certificate lead me to Arthur Franklin Stafford (1883-1960). Arthur was Mary Dorrity's nephew, the son of her brother Franklin Bradford Stafford (1869-1926).  They had traveled about 20 miles from home for a family visit. 

Arthur Franklin Stafford (1883-1960)
Photo Credit: Charles Farmer
Franklin "Frank" Bradford Stafford (1869-1926)
Photo Credit: Charles Farmer

   An earlier search of this same newspaper for the same period for the Dorrity family using known name variants did not produce this search result.  Luckily, due to the association that the Dorrity's had with the Stafford family, I was able to find out that Manning and Mary spent a Sunday with nephew Arthur in July of 1911.
 A hole in a brick wall? No, but just something fun to know.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Genealogy Do-Over Week 11~Social Media and Networking~You've Got a Friend In Me

 Just a few more weeks to go with the Genealogy Do-Over. For week 11 the topics are Reviewing Social Media Options and Buiding a Research Network.

  Reviewing Social Media Options
 In the last couple of years, I have begun using social media more for genealogy. Facebook groups for states, counties, ethnic groups and research topics of interest have provided a wealth of information. Google+ communities have helped with developing skills. Twitter has helped to get answers to questions in minutes as well as given an opportunity to talk with and learn from other genealogists in real time. My blog has helped me to reach out to family members and others interested in the genealogy process. Pinterest has helped me to see what others are doing and get great ideas for research, displaying heirlooms and much more.
  It can be so easy to get so involved with social media that no actual research is getting done and hours are spent reading and commenting. It's the classic BSO. One way I have tried to overcome the temptation to spend my day consumed with all that is happening on the various platforms is to schedule social media time into my day. Having it run in the background as suggested by Thomas MacEntee, helps to make sure an important message doesn't get missed and keeps my day from being taken over.
  Getting more involved with Linkedin will be my next step. I have a profile but haven't done much with it.

Building a Research Network
 Social Media is one of the best places to build a research network, so it always surprises me when genealogists tell me that they don't use any of the platforms. From Facebook, I have had pictures identified, from twitter questions on a difficult research problem answered and cousins found through my blog. There are people I can turn to for help with anything from DNA to research strategies.
  Not all of my network of friends come from social media. Meeting fellow genealogists at Conferences, Society and Club meetings is important too. Taking the time to share what we are working on and how we can help and support each other is a bonus of attending meetings. You never know when a "cousin" may be sitting right next to you. 
  Also important are the fellow researchers who are visiting the repositories the same day you are. Meeting people who are researching the same areas and records can give you ideas on new ways to approach your research. They can be an invaluable part of your network as can the staff of your local archives, historical societies and courthouses.
 So many of those that I have met have become go-to friends for a variety of needs. We have been able to stay in touch via social media in between those face to face meetings. 
 Continuing to attend as many local and regional conferences and meetings as time and finances will allow and making sure I go out of my comfort zone to speak to fellow attendees will help to build my genealogy network.Taking the time to get acquainted with staff and other researchers at local repositories will be just as important as looking at the records contained there.

How do you network? Do you use Social Media? If you do, I hope we have connected and are part of each other's network. If you see me at a conference or other meeting, or at a repository somewhere, please come introduce yourself.
 You've got a friend in me! 

Are we kin? Please contact me. Together we can find our people.
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Sunday, March 29, 2015

This Week On My Family History Calendar

March 29-April 4

March 30~
   My maternal Step-Grandfather, Francis Emerson Sullivan, Jr. (1923-2004), was born 92 years ago on this day. Frank was the first and only child of Francis Emerson Sullivan, Sr. (1880-1925) and Mary Christine Williams (1896-1930). He was born at Camp Jackson, Richland, South Carolina. 

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