Kinsearching September 16, 2007




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

     If any of your ancestors came from the South, you may be interested in ALABAMA-GEORGIA QUERIES. Edited by MariLee Beatty Hageness, the periodical comes out six times a year. Subscribers may submit an unlimited number of queries of fifty words or less. Non-subscribers may send in queries of fifty words or less for $5.00 per query. Annual rates are $16. Checks, payable to MLH Research, may be sent to 3916 Bramble Road, Anniston, AL 36207-7004.

     As indicated in its title, the periodical carries queries about families from Alabama and Georgia. Mainly, however, the publication contains extracts from a wide variety of genealogical material from those states. Examples of Alabama data in the May/June 2007 (Vol. 16, No. 3) issue are an index to wills from various counties; names of officers of the University of Alabama in the 1800s; marriages in the counties of Blount, Chambers, Lowndes, and Morgan; list of county officers in Butler County in the nineteenth century; extracts of probate books in Clarke County; names of members of Pine Grove/Musgrove Methodist Church in Fayette County; indexes to orphans court books for Greene and Jefferson counties in the 1800s; and names of men taking the loyalty oath in Walker County in 1867. Georgia records in the same issue pertain to Confederate soldiers in Butts and Hancock counties; petit jurors in Campbell County in 1859; names in loose estate files in Columbia County, 1789 - 1931; marriages in the counties of Decatur and Walton; wills in Pulaski, Screven, and Stewart counties; 1850 tax digest of Upson County; and postmasters of Wayne County.

     In addition, ALABAMA-GEORGIA QUERIES contains brief records on individual families and information from family Bibles. Data in this issue pertain to the surnames of ARMSTRONG, BENNETT, BRAGG, BURKE, COOK, CRAWFORD, HOLLINGSWORTH, HOOD, MCDANIEL, WALSTON, and WATKINS. When the information has been collected by someone other than the editor, the name of the submitter appears so interested persons can get in touch with the compiler for further details. Information is usually not documented.

     If you are interested in genetics and how it applies to family research, you may want to try to attend the fall conference of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Palatines to America (PalAm) organization at Yoder's Restaurant Banquet in New Holland, PA, on October 13, 2007. Utilizing the theme "Genetic Genealogy," the conference will focus on modern technology for tracing ancestors. After presenting an introduction to genetic genealogy, speakers will discuss genealogy projects based on Y-DNA (paternal line), genealogy projects based on mtDNA (maternal line), and the Kerchner surname project.

     Pre-registration is required. Fees (which include lunch) are $30 per person for PA Chapter members and $35 for non-members if registration is mailed by September 22, 2007. After that date, please add $2 per person to fees. Checks, payable to PA Chapter PalAm), may be mailed to Jerry Byrem, Fall Conference Registrar, P. O. Box 280, Strasburg, PA 17579. For more details call Lois Byrem at 717-687-8234 between the hours of 9:00 a. m. and 10:00 p. m. (Eastern Standard Time).

     Bonnie Bright Johannes, 5594 North 10th, Apt. 103, Fresno, CA 93710-6586 (e-mail: would appreciate information about the family and descendants of Joseph CANTERBURY, born 9 April 1802 in Virginia and died 15 March 1870 in Gallia Co., OH, who married Rachel HOLLEY, born in 1805.

Their children were
1. Arzilla, born 9 Aug 1831, who married George HOUCK;
2. Joseph, b. in 1836
3. William, b. in 1841
4. Ruth, b. in 1843
5. John, b. in 1851.

     George and Arzilla (CANTERBURY) HOUCK had a daughter Elizabeth, who married William FITCH. William and Elizabeth (HOUCK) FITCH had a daughter, Martha Louise, who married James William ARMOUR.

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