This morning I read Jacqi Stevens post, We Are All Trailblazers. This excellent post made me think about those people that were trailblazers for my family history adventure.
Below are some of those people:
Grace Vanderwilt Crawford – My great aunt, Grace, was the compiler of the Crawford family history. She was one of the first people I contacted for help. I still have a copy of her document, “The Crawford Family” that covered the family of Judson Foster Crawford. This work is being continued by her daughter and several other cousins.
Max Martin Briles – Max is my second cousin twice removed. Max grew up in Coffey County, Kansas, where our common ancestor, Alexander Briles settled prior to 1860. Max’s work, The Briles Family, traced the descendants of our immigrant ancestor, Johannes Broil.
Arthur Leslie Keith – author of The Broyles Family Typescript (or Keith Typescript). This work also traces the descendants of Johannes Broil.
Walter Salts was a local historian in Warren County, Indiana. He patiently answered all of my letters requesting information and would often send me photocopies from his obituary collection. His research was donated to the Illiana Genealogical and Historical Society in Danville, Illinois.
Mrs. Raymond Caron and Brenda Beryl (Harding) Caron for their work on the two volume work: The Harding Genealogy. This work traces the descendants of George and William Harding. George and William Harding were Loyalists who fled to New Brunswick. Without this work, my Harding research would likely still be stuck in Iowa.
Wayne Dawson (and others) for working together to compile The History and Ancestry of Rev. John Foster, 1735-1800.
Frederick Hammond for his work History and Genealogies of the Hammond Families in America.
My great-great great grandfather, Horatio Hammond for his work, The Genealogy of the Family of Horatio Hammond of Ontario, Illinois.
Bill (William) Ricketts of Arizona for sharing his Ricketts research file. This file was basically a one name study of the Ricketts family in America. Because I took a break from genealogy, I lost touch with Bill. However, there is an Ancestral File on FamilySearch submitted by wfrjr2213466 that may be his work.
Margaret Simpson and the Garrard County Historical Society (Kentucky) for all of their help with my Crawford research in early Kentucky.
Doris Ryan for her assistance with my Wells and Mentzer research in Woodson County, Kansas. It is thru Doris that I obtained a copy of the Wells family Bible.
Dave Nicolson for all of his work with the Crawford family yDNA project. Dave works tirelessly to help us figure out the various Crawford family lines.
Amanda Crawford Arbogast Forbes and Lucetta Eggleston Crawford Sammis for their publication, Descendants of Alexander and Mary McPheeters Crawford. It is their excellent work that has helped me eliminate Alexander Crawford as an ancestor not only of my line, but also for several other Crawford lines I’ve researched.
All of my cousins, close and distant, who were willing to spit in a tube or swab their mouth to have their DNA tested. Your willingness to venture into this newer realm of genealogy is greatly appreciated.
This is just a sampling of the people that have made a GREAT impact on the research of my family history. Hopefully, my work will blaze a trail for some future generation.