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DEAR DESCENDANTS
RESEARCHING MY FAMILY HISTORY, PAGE 2
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CENTENARIANS (new content August 2002)
HANING PHOTOS
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BROOKS PHOTOS
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MORE PETTY PHOTOS
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PETTY AND BROOKS PHOTOS
BABY PICTURES
FRIENDS AND CLASSMATES
BROOKS LINE
HANING LINE
DAVIS/HAWK OR HOCK LINES
PETTY LINE
HINCHEY/BARTLETT LINES
WRIGHT/MASON LINE
DOCUMENTS AND OTHER EVIDENCE
HISTORY'S MYSTERIES
THE ANSWER PAGE
WHERE THEY LIVED
THEN AND NOW
THESE RELATIVES ARE NOT ABSOLUTE
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FAMILY MEMBER KENNETH BROOKS
FAMILY MEMBER ROZELLAH PETTY BROOKS
ROZELLAH'S EDUCATION
FAMILY MEMBER WILLIAM HENRY BROOKS
FAMILY MEMBER GRANDMA FANNIE
FAMILY MEMBER GEORGE BROOKS
FAMILY MEMBER EVA HANING BROOKS
FAMILY MEMBERS FRANK AND ANNIE HANING
FAMILY MEMBER WALTER PETTY
FAMILY MEMBER VIRLIE MASON PETTY
FAMILY MEMBER ANDREW JACKSON PETTY
FAMILY MEMBER SARAH ELIZABETH HINCHEY
THE LOVE STORIES
FURRY FAMILY MEMBERS
1936 NEWSPAPER
MEMORABILIA
MEMORABILIA II
FAMILY HEROES
VERSES
OUR MUSICAL FAMILY
OUR FISHING FAMILY
CHRISTMAS
CELEBRATIONS
RECIPES 1
RECIPES 2
GETTING GRANNY'S GOAT
TIDBITS
THE OIL BOOM
RESEARCHING MY FAMILY HISTORY
RESEARCHING MY FAMILY HISTORY, PAGE 2
ABOUT ME
FUTURE HEIRLOOMS

THE SERIOUS SEARCH

I began searching by using internet search engines, with some strange and amusing results.  The name "Haning" showed many pages where young people said they were "just haning around".  The name Rice resulted in recipes.  "Mason" showed pages about the Masonic society, and "Petty" resulted in "petty quarrels". 
 
The Mason family was a brick wall for me.  Beyond my great-great-grandfather I could not find anything. Because I knew I had a 2nd cousin named "Marna" who was connected to the Mason family, I put her name into a search engine.  What was the result?  The Maryland Nudist Assocation.
 
Some good links did turn up.  They were mostly to cousins who were also doing family research.  But one of those links led to a problem.  I found a site where my entire family was listed.  All of my siblings and cousins were there and I knew I had not given that information to the person who created that site.  So I wrote and asked.  It turned out that he got the information from a cousin who had asked me for it, saying, "I only want this for my children."  Aha, "We have met the enemy and they is us," as Pogo said in the old comic strip.
 
Some helpful people, relatives and strangers, offered wrong information.  Several times I was told that "George Mason" was a friend of George Washington.  True, but that was not my George Mason.
 
I finally found George in a census record as "Geo" and "Daniel" in the Mormon family history lists as "Danel".
 
Many cousins found me through the guest book here.  They had some information that I didn't have and I had some that they didn't have.
 
One cousin I "met" online showed my husband and me around the cemeteries near Paris, Tennessee, where many ancestors lived. 
 
My husband Jim offered to take me on a trip to find out what information was in the local records.  We did better than that.  We found family.  Not only the cousin I met online but another one we met quite accidentally.  Jim and I were driving around the countryside on our own, near where we had been told the old homeplace was.  We knew the house didn't exist anymore but hoped to find the place where it had been.  We drove up to a house where the family was sitting out on the porch and told them what we were looking for. It turned out that they were distant cousins and had some genealogical records to share with us.
 
 

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