Kinsearching January 28, 2007




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

     As more and more genealogists conduct research online, most people are unaware of the negative consequences such usage can cause. One area where the impact has been deeply felt is genealogical tourism. This aspect and others are dealt with in the article "Genealogy and the Economic Drain on Ireland:  Unintended Consequences" by Emily Heinlen. Although she focuses on Ireland, the issues she brings up applies to other countries as well, including the United States. Among the topics she mentions are digitized and microfilmed records,, and the Ellis Island website. Heinlen also discusses the drawbacks and dangers associated with utilizing online materials. To read this interesting article, go to

     Jacque M. Choate del Valle (e-mail: is a descendant of John R. "Bud" CHOATE and wife Emma Sexton HADDOX. They had one child, John M. CHOATE. Bud died when John was six months old and Emma married E. V. MURPHY by whom she had seven children.

     Emma's parents were E. J. HADDOX and Anne SEXTON. No other information about Emma has been found. She was either full-blood Indian or half Indian and there is much controversy over which tribe. Jacque has seen a picture of her and she had Indian features as did her son John CHOATE. Although Jacque knows where Emma is buried, information is needed on her family and her tribe.

     (Editor's note: According to Joan L. Norris Miller's query appearing in the September 26, 1999 "Kinsearching" column in the Amarillo Globe News, John R. "Bud" Choate was born about 1850 and reportedly died in Dodge City, KS. His parents were Richard C. and Rebecca Choate, who were in Shelby Co., TX, in 1839. At various times they also resided in the Texas counties of Panola, Nacogdoches, Limestone, McLennan, and Parker.)

     Many family researchers trying to track forebears in the Old Dominion State will welcome the new CD titled SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA GENEALOGIES by John W. Pritchett. The compact disk contains a compilation of several hundred family histories, each of which usually extends back to the colonial period in the area of Virginia south of the James River, east of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and north of the North Carolina border.

     Reflecting the changes in genealogical resources in recent years, the material on this CD first appeared on an internet continues to be popular. Since its inception in 2001, the site has welcomed more than a million visitors. Although it used to provide facts about several generations of a family, the website was recently configured to include only first generation data. As a result, this new CD, which contains 4,000 pages of information, is the only means of gaining access to the full range of material on descendants.

     In addition to the multi-generational genealogy of the author and histories of various allied families, the CD includes nearly 400 narratives in which Pritchett tells the story of an ancestor's life in a "first-hand account." Giving "flavor" to the text, the autobiographical-style sketches are both fascinating and informative. Scattered through the text is information on hundreds of veterans of the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Civil War. Examples of principal surnames found in Pritchett's work are CLAIBORNE, ISBELL, JETER, KENNON, JORDAN, LEAGUE, LOGWOOD, LOUND, MARCHBANKS, MUSE, O'BRISSELL, PENICK, SEAY, SKIPWITH, SPRINGALL, SWEPSON, TYUS, and VADEN. (To find out what other surnames are traced on the CD, go to the website.)

     Appendixes furnish the names of the heads of household on the enumeration of 1782 for Amelia County and the lists of tithables in Henrico County in 1679, Amelia County in 1731, and Chesterfield County in 1756. Documentation appears in 56,700 endnotes that encompass over 67,000 citations. More than 90,000 entries appear in the full name index. Because the CD supplies details about hundreds of pedigrees, numerous researchers will want to add SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA GENEALOGIES to their private genealogical collection.

     To the CD's price of $39.99, buyers should add the cost for postage and handling charges. For U. S. postal mail, the cost is $4 for one CD and $2.00 for each additional copy; for UPS, the cost is $6 for one and $2.50 for each additional CD). SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA GENEALOGIES (item order #7540) 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