Kinsearching December 24, 2006




Marleta Childs
P. O. Box 6825
LUBBOCK, TX 79493-6825

     Since it is Christmas Eve and a holiday when many relatives gather to exchange gifts, the occasion is an excellent opportunity for people to find out more about their genealogy. It is also an appropriate time to start filling out those family trees. Once the information is placed on a basic chart, many genealogists may want to put the data on a more creative family tree--one that can be framed as decoration on the wall or that gives an idea about the family's background. Individuals looking for something unique in that area will enjoy the new publication TREETS: A FEAST OF FAMILY TREES by Tony Matthews.

     Author of three other family tree design books, Matthews strives to make this work his most imaginative collection yet. Although he uses some items from his previous publications, his assortment in TREETS contains many new blank family charts that entertain and inspire the family historian. Readers, for example, can "feast" their eyes on designs for bakers, truck drivers, locomotive engineers, gardeners, entertainment center owners, Egyptologists, lords of the castle, and cliff dwellers. One design is based on the Stonehenge monoliths on Salisbury Plain in England.

     Keeping pace with the various changes in family structure, Matthews has prepared a special section of blank charts that take into account former spouses, adoptees, and sperm donors. In addition to keeping current, Matthews tries to look into the future by devising a chart containing spaces for clones.

     Throughout the volume, Matthews offers numerous suggestions, cartoons, poems, and witticisms to help you make your own unique family tree. He tells readers where to find borders, public domain clip art, and unusual motifs. Not limited to pen and paper designs, his recommendations extend to ways of putting genealogies onto quilts or wood. As he states in the text, Matthews sees you as the chef with your own recipes and ingredients for making your own treets. His layouts and images are only clues to help you to realize your own cookbook. Anyone interested in creating a distinctive family tree is bound to enjoy looking through TREETS.

     The 104-page paperback costs $19.95. To the book's price, buyers should add the cost for postage and handling charges. For U. S. postal mail, the cost is $4 for one book and $2.00 for each additional copy; for UPS, the cost is $6 for one copy and $2.50 for each additional book. The volume (item order #9624) may be purchased by check, MasterCard, or Visa from Clearfield Company, 3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Suite 260, Baltimore, Maryland 21211 (for phone orders, call toll free 1-800-296-6687; fax 1-410-752-8492; website

     Bonnie Bright Johannes, 5594 North 10th, Apt. 103, Fresno, CA 93710-6586 (e-mail: is searching for data about Philip NICHOLAS, age 11 and born in New York, who was living in the household of James and Catherine HARMON in the 1860 Indiana census. Since Johannes has not been able to connect Philip to the family yet, she wonders if he may have been a passenger on an orphan train.

     Also on the 1860 census was Adoline JENNINGS, age 5, who was a granddaughter of the Harmons. Adoline's mother was Hannah. Who was her father? A relative thought Hannah was unwed when she had Adoline, who also later married into the HARMON family. Any details about Philip or Adoline and their spouses and children will be appreciated.

     Johannes is connected to the HARMON, RINKER, and PRATT families from Greene County, TN, and Indiana. She also has a different family line, beginning about 1840, in Gibson Co., IN. Surnames of interest there include O'NEAL, FARRIS, WARR, CARMEN, and PEARSON.