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Family Genealogy Scout
Hi everyone. I started searching for my family tree about 2003. Via search on the Internet, I ran across what appear to be a distant cousin. Now mind you, my maiden name is Smiley. It is not real uncommon but not that common either. At the time I was doing my initial search, I thought I would search for any information about the town my dad was born in, Oakhill, Kansas. In 1910, when my dad was born, there was about 300 people in that town. So, when I came across an article of a man who had the same last name and was born in the same town about the same time, WOW, bingo! I was on my way.
The picture below is my father's mother and father. Don't you just love pictures?
Joseph and Mary Smiley
Marissa and Desiree's great, great grand parents on my (Sandy) side of the family.
Personal Family Tree
Our Main & Current Branch
This part of the branch is from the Davison branch (husband's name):
Bruce and Sandy Davison (parents - as shown to the right) - Married December 16, 1967
Lost my husband: September 3, 2010 to cancer. I will miss you my beloved Bruce.
Michael J. Davison (son) - Birth: 12/21/71;Married September 30, 2006
Tammy Johnson (wife) - Birth: 12/9/71
Marissa L. Davison (daughter) - Birth: 02/07/2007
Desiree Sue Davison born May 29, 2009
UPDATE: On May 29th (my dad's birthday), 2009, Desiree Sue Davison was born.
September 3, 2010, my beloved husband, Bruce, past away due to lung cancer.
The Davison Clan
Uncle Bob, Aunt Linda, Grandfather Bruce and Uncle Dick
Father, Daughters and Grandfather
You can see the resemblance in that smile
Michael Davison - 1974 (three years old
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Marissa Lorraine Davison
BORN FEBRUARY 7, 2007
Desiree Sue Davison
BORN MAY 29, 2009
Marissa and Desiree - tender moment at Christmas.. Desiree's birthday is the same as my fathers: Clayton B. Smiley, great grandfather
Get a special picture
Marissa on the left, and Desiree on the right.
Marissa's Paternal Great Grandmother
RESOURCES are found in many places.
Today's family scout has an abundance of resources to pull from, here naming a few: Start with family members LIVING (don't wait to long; get members to talk about the family herloims; family records (birth/death certificates you have access to); the family Bible (recorded family history); obituaries; news articles; cemetaries; passports, hobbies, family books, LDS Libraries...
MORE RESOURCES - Ireland, Nebraska, Kansas, Tenneesse, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, New York, California
I've traced my family tree as far as to New York. My great, great, great grandfather came from Ireland but I could not locate any actual documentation. But, in the case of my dad, he was born in Kansas. His dad was born in Missouri; while my dad's grandfather was born in Indiana. Or my mother's side of the family, we go as far as New York. It is fun to see the pattern of migration as you trace the history.
- Access Genealogy
Cemetaries by County, Free Genealogy Forms,Free Genealogy Charts, Family Tree Chart...and more
- Built Your Online Tree
Allows you to search and build tree.
- California Genealogy
As a proud member of the USGenWeb Project, CAGenWeb's mission is to provide a single entry point for all counties and towns within the state of California, where collected data will be stored. The volunteers of CAGenWeb hope you find our project help
- Cyndi's Genealogy Site
What is Cyndi's List? A categorized & cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet. A list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online. A free jumping-off point for you to use in your online research. A "
- Kansas Genealogy
This site is extensive and has links to Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma states.
- Mid West Genealogy Site
A History of Republic County, Kansas, Embracing a full and complete account of all the leading events in its history, From its first settlement down to June 1, '01.
- Genealogy Sleuth
Professional Genealogists at the Family History Library!
- California Ranchos
Excellent Site that Talks Above California Ranchos
- Tennessee State Library
State libraries are very supportive of genealogy research and many times have excellent referral sites.
- Tennessee Genealogical Society
Tennessee Genealogical Society for all of Tennessee since 1954
- Missouri Digital Heritage
State of Missouri - War of 1812 through World War I
First Cousin, Twice Removed?
Relationship Terms - What Does It All Mean
Cousin (a.k.a "first cousin")
Your first cousins are the people in your family who have two of the same grandparents as you. In other words, they are the children of your aunts and uncles.
Your second cousins are the people in your family who have the same great-grandparents as you, but not the same grandparents.
Third, Fourth, and Fifth Cousins
Your third cousins have the same great-great-grandparents, fourth cousins have the same great-great-great-grandparents, and so on.
When the word "removed" is used to describe a relationship, it indicates that the two people are from different generations. You and your first cousins are in the same generation (two generations younger than your grandparents), so the word "removed" is not used to describe your relationship.
The words "once removed" mean that there is a difference of one generation. For example, your mother's first cousin is your first cousin, once removed. This is because your mother's first cousin is one generation younger than your grandparents and you are two generatins younger than your grandparents. This one-generation difference equals "once removed."
Twice removed means that there is a two-generation difference. You are two generations younger than a first cousin of your grandmother, so you and your grandmother's first cousin are first counsins, twice removed.
Spanish Heritage... - CALIFORNIA HERE I COME....
For all of my neighboring native californias (My son was born in California, his parents and his paternal grandmother.
- California Genealogical Society
Periodicals, publications, research aids. CALIFORNIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY was organized in San Francisco in 1898.
- Family History Site
Check out the video below. It will help you build a family genealogy on the Internet.
- Missouri Digital Heritage
State of Missour - War of 1812 through World War I.
- California Ranchos
Excellent site that talks about California Ranchos
GENEALOGY SOFTWARE, BOOKS - Get Organized - It's Fun
I have Family Tree Maker Vs.16. It is real easy to use. I like the fact that I can key in information from several sides of the family because each window allows you to see a full page of key-in information. The top menu bar allows you to easily switch to a different ancestor name. You can easily click on to go out on the Internet and search. Easy to edit. I found it very simple to operate.
With Family Tree Maker 2006 Standard you'll discover your family history and easily share it with friends and relatives. Create your family tree in 4 easy steps! Search through the world's largest online family history collection which includes the U.S. Records Collection, Naturalization Records, Immigration Records and much more!
Have You Researched Your Genealogy? - What Do You Know About Your Ancestry?
Do you know where your family came from? Ireland? France? England? Any family stories that have been passed down to you? I believe it would be fun for you to share a few words regarding your family stories or your initial experience with genealogy research.
So, take a moment to answer the poll below. And then, visit the guestbook and share a little about your story or experience. It could be a long lost cousin, a hand-me-down tradition, furniture, recipe, home.
Have You Researched Your Family History?
Smile...Your on Candid Camera.
Don't you just love the "look" of the older pictures. They look so serious! I sometimes wonder if they knew the meaning of "cheese".
Need Help With Your Tree?
There are all kinds of family trees. Watch out that you don't end up like this person in the second video!
High collars, long dresses, bloomers, tight bodice, leg o'mutton sleeves!
Attention Ladies....can you imagine cooking or doing any house cleaning in a dress similar to this one. However, one of my fantasies is to dress up in a Victorian dress for dinner, crazy? I do not have the figure so it will never happen...but I can dream, can't I?
Mary Smiley- My dad's mother.
My Mother - Cecilia Pettengill Smiley
GENEALOGY- My Family Tree
I climbed my family tree and found It wasn't worth the climb. And so I scrambled down convinced It wasn't worth the time. Some branches on my tree I found Were rotten to the core, And all the tree was full of sap, And hung with nuts galore. I used to brag my family up Before I made the climb, But truth compels me now to tell Of those not worth a dime. I beg my friends who boast aloud Of ancestors so great, To climb their family tree and learn Of those who weren't so straight. I've learned what family trees are like That's why I scrambled down. They're like a "tater vine" because The best are underground. Author unknown (Credit:www.fostoria.org/history/Genealogy/StoriesJokes.html)
Head picture - Credit:www.piffe.com/illusions/head-tree.php
What's in a Name?
Names in my complete Family Tree: Smiley, Marsh, Pettengill, Anderton, Brown, Davison, Moody, Ray, Glover, McDearmon, Hardeman, Leguin, Poyorena
Oh there are many more, but this is a taste of great names.
Coat of Arms?
I have always thought that the Coat of Arms were pretty in design and color. I found two for the name Smiley. What I know about the Coat of Arms fits in less than a thimble.....how about you?
A Coat of Arms of many colors.
I would think that the difference might be as to whether you fall under the family tree of William Smiley or John Smiley. If anyone out there knows, I would appreciate feedback.
While you are at it...any skelton's in your family closet? Let's keep it to situations and no names please (to protect the guilty).