Kinsearching November 6, 2011




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

     Researchers who have spent a considerable amount of time tracing their pedigree realize a method is needed to keep track of the different generations and their family members. As he worked on his own lineage, William Dollarhide devised an enhanced numbering system for use in genealogical databases. Because the system has become better known over the years, Brian R. Smith formalizes its details in his new publication, DOLLARHIDE NUMBERING FOR GENEALOGISTS: AN AUTHORIZED GUIDE FOR THE SERIOUS USER.

     By organizing its principles and furnishing ample examples, Smith presents the Dollarhide numbering system in a step-by-step guide. Since Dollarhide’s arrangement is a combination of the two most common systems in use by genealogists, Smith explains the rules for Ahnentafel numbering for ancestors and for the Henry system for descendants. He also discusses how Dollarhide’s single system is capable of indexing almost any relationship found within an extended family. In addition to indexing close relatives, it allows for indexing multiple spouses, half siblings, step-children, adoptees, and other persons connected to a family but not related by blood. Because no method is perfect, Smith does not hesitate to mention the limitations of the three systems.

     One drawback to the Dollarhide system is the lack of software with the ability to index in depth. However, a computer program will most likely be developed in the near future that will incorporate his ideas. Researchers, meanwhile, can easily enter manually each person’s number in order to create a comprehensive catalog of their family database.

     With the wide range of fluctuating relationships in modern families, flexibility in a genealogical system is more important than ever. With this adaptability in mind, individuals who are tracing their ancestry will want to see what DOLLARHIDE NUMBERING FOR GENEALOGISTS: AN AUTHORIZED GUIDE FOR THE SERIOUS USER has to offer.

     The soft-cover volume has 22 pages plus a preface, a statement by and a brief biography of William Dollarhide, two appendices, two bibliographies, an epilogue, and annotated end notes. To the book’s price of $15.95, buyers should add handling charges of $4.90 for one book and $2.50 for each additional copy. Checks or money orders may be mailed to Family Roots Publishing Company, LLC, P. O. Box 830, Bountiful, Utah 84011-0830 (phone 801-992-3705; fax 815-642-0103). Credit card purchases may be made on the website at

     Below is a continuation of the list of names of “ordinary” members of the Texas State Medical Association in 1892 found in the publication, TRANSACTIONS OF THE TEXAS STATE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, TWENTY-FOURTH ANNUAL SESSION HELD AT TYLER, TEXAS, APRIL 26, 27, AND 28, 1892 (Galveston: J. W. Burson Co., Printers and Publishers, 1892). The roster furnishes the person’s name, post office, county or state, and usually the year elected to the association.

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MAHAN, L. L., Hempstead, Waller, 1891

MARTIN, F. R., Kyle, Hays, 1884

MATHEWS, W. J., Austin, Travis, 1891

MATKIN, M., Fort Worth, Tarrant, no date

MATHEWS (sic), C. O., Belden, Morris, 1892

MATTHEWS, J. A., Hondo City, Medina, no date

MAYES, C. M., Archer, Archer, 1890

MAY, J. L., Stephensville (sic), Erath, no date
     (Editor’s note: The correct name is Stephenville.)

(to be continued)

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