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Buzzy Jackson . Shaking the Family Tree: Blue Bloods, Black Sheep, and Other Obsessions of an Accidental Genealogist. Dig Deeper. . How a series of primary sources led one genealogical researcher from the archives to the grave... and back again. Primary Source Heaven: .

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buzzy jackson
Buzzy Jackson
  • Shaking the Family Tree:
  • Blue Bloods, Black Sheep, and Other Obsessions of an Accidental Genealogist
dig deeper
Dig Deeper.
  • How a series of primary sources led one genealogical researcher from the archives to the grave... and back again.
primary source heaven
Primary Source Heaven:
  • The Bancroft Library,
  • UC Berkeley.
oral histories
Oral histories.
  • START WITH YOURSELF: then (quickly) move on.
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GO BACK TO YOUR ROOTS:
  • First Google search for Emelle, Alabama: not auspicious.
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CONSULT THE ELDERS.
  • Keepers of the flame:
    • Great-Aunt Selma (Detroit) / Aunt Mary (Kingsley, MI), Cousin Jannelle (Hattiesburg, MS)
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GO TO THE SOURCE(S):
    • The Julia Tutwiler Library, University of Western Alabama: Local history room.
    • U.S. Post Office, Emelle, Alabama.
          • The Jackson family homestead, Emelle, Alabama, 2008.
  • “The bees were a-buzzin...”
  • The Jackson family homestead, Emelle, Alabama, 2008.
find your graveyard
FIND YOUR GRAVEYARD
  • Google search:
  • “Sumterville Alabama Methodist Cemetery”
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DONT GIVE UP:
  • Sumterville Methodist Cemetery, somewhere near Sumterville, Alabama, 2008
randle jackson
RANDLE JACKSON
  • Born in Brunswick Co, Virginia
  • Oct 17, 1763
  • and
  • Departed this Life May 17, 1839
  • Aged 75 years and 9 months.
find your ancestors the jacksons of colonial virginia ca 1670
FIND YOUR ANCESTORS: The Jacksons of Colonial Virginia (ca. 1670)
  • Source: The Virginia Genealogist (Jan-March 1989, Vol. 33, No. 1)
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HIT THE JACKPOT.My primary-source trail: Oral histories > WWW > Oral histories > WWW > Library archives > WWW > Local input > Headstones > DNA > =13 generations of American Jacksons

buzzy jackson1
Buzzy Jackson
  • Shaking the Family Tree:
  • Blue Bloods, Black Sheep, and Other Obsessions of an Accidental Genealogist