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Are You My Cousin?: Brick Wall Still Firmly In Place

Are You My Cousin?

Discovering My Ancestors -- One Cousin at a Time

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I tell the stories of my ancestors’ lives. Whether they lived 20 years ago or 200 years ago, they each have a story to tell. Some ancestors tell their stories willingly. Others must have their stories carefully teased from the records. Sometimes the stories are sad. Sometimes the stories are happy. Sometimes the stories are just funny. Regardless, my ancestors’ stories shaped their lives and the lives of those that followed. Come and share in the tales!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Brick Wall Still Firmly In Place

I had hoped the title for this post would be Brick Wall Comes Tumbling Down. It was just not to be.  The Haley brick wall still stands firm.

I am just back from a research trip to Charlotte Courthouse, Charlotte, VA.  Charlotte Courthouse is a beautiful historic town in southern Virginia.  The courthouse itself was designed by Thomas Jefferson and dates back to 1823.  I do love researching original records in county seats.  (Read about my first experience with this in Halifax County, VA here.)  My favorite part is perhaps when I walk through the door of the records room.  All those records just waiting for me to pull them off the shelf.  I walked into the records room today and just stopped.  I let my eyes wander over the records housed there.  I could not help but ask myself:

 What and how many answers would these records hold?


Then I got down to work.  Today I was continuing my research on the Haley family, specifically my GGGG grandfather Jesse Haley.  Haley families lived in both Halifax and Charlotte Counties.  I had my research plan that I designed based on my Halifax County, VA research trip back in June. I started with the marriage records, moved on to the Wills and probates and finally onto the court records. The records  did not seem to hold the answers I was seeking.  But that's okay.  Sometimes there is as much information in what is not found in the records as what is found.

So, back home I've come to re-analyze what I know and what I do not know about Jesse Haley.  I will revise my research plan and proceed to chip away again at my brick wall.


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