Sarah Alexander Pearce (Aug 1919 to Apr 2015)

My 95-year-old grandmother Sarah Alexander Pearce recently died. She was the genealogist of our family, leaving me big shoes to fill (and lots of research to review). Here are some photos from her funeral as well as her obituary. Funeral Photos Obituary Sarah Alexander Pearce Father: Samuel Irvin Alexander b: 1 Aug 1884 in Lemley, …

How to get started in genealogy for free

I am an amateur genealogist. I’m frugal. I’m internet savvy. And in 10 years, I’ve amassed about 20,000 ancestors and descendants in my family tree; conducting most of this research for free. Researching your family history is done in five basic steps: Free: Gather informal history from family and online strangers Free: Input and merge …

18,500 releatives

I have been interested in genealogy for about 10 years now. In that time, I have researched, documented, and linked about 18,500 relatives. More importantly, I have identified 90 percent of my 7th generation ancestors. Considering that every generation doubles your number of ancestors, knowing all of your 7th generation ancestors and their direct line …

GEDCOM Backups

I’m typically pretty good at backing up my computers. One of my most prized piece of data is the GEDCOM file that contains a decade of genealogy research — more than 18,000 linked relatives. I often upload a copy of my genealogy database once a quarter to sites like www.ancestry.com, jasonpearce.tribalpages.com, and www.rootsweb.com about once …

A History of the Cameron Family in North Carolina

If you are a genealogist studying the Cameron family from North Carolina, then A History of the Cameron Family in North Carolina by John Burton Cameron of Broadway, North Carolina, published in 1967, will interest you. This publication contains two parts: Part I: Descendants of Allen Cameron and his wife Mary Stewart Part II: Descendants …