Ready for the FHL and RootsTech 2016!

I am ready for this week!

I land in Salt Lake City tomorrow evening with my friend, Judy, who is experiencing two great firsts – her first visit to the Family History Library and her first RootsTech conference.

We will be at the library first thing tomorrow morning ready to hit the research trail. There are several blogging and social activities on our “to do” list, besides sightseeing in Temple Square and visiting the City Creek Center shopping mall, although with the cold temperatures and possibility of white precipitation, we probably won’t be outdoors for very long!

I will be posting all this week, both about the Family History Library and all the events, sessions and vendors at RootsTech. However, while my regular posts go online each morning at 6:00 a.m. Arizona time (Arizona is weird because it doesn’t do daylight savings time. Therefore, from November-March, we are on Mountain time, but from March until November, we follow Pacific time) posts this week probably won’t be online until early evening because I won’t be lugging my laptop with me around the convention center.

I am looking forward to meeting many new friends – names and faces I recognize from reading their informative and enjoyable blogs – in person and I am hoping that my library “to do” list will be filled with some successful new finds.

If you aren’t able to attend RootsTech in person this year, be sure to check the RootsTech live streaming schedule for virtual sessions you can attend. There are links in the schedule to the class syllabus if the presenter has posted one so you even get the handouts. Not quite as good as experiencing the excitement of actually being there, but it’s pretty darn close!

Also, a number of bloggers will be posting throughout the week so be sure to take a look at those, too. There are so many different sessions and activities going on that you’ll get a great overview of the conference from the many different blogging perspectives.

For bloggers who follow me, if I don’t see you first and you see me, please say hi!


Descendants of Rev. War Soldier John Stufflebean, Part 5 – Richard

We have finally come to the last of the children of John and Elsee Stufflebean. The remaining child is son Richard.

Richard Stufflebean was born about 1809, Estill County, Kentucky. He married Mary (Polly) Patrick on 14 July 1830 in Estill County. Polly was only 14 or 15 when she married. This family took the “m” at the end of their name and became “Stufflebeam.” Richard and Polly both died between the 1880 and 1900 censuses, likely in Madison County, Arkansas.

They had quite a few children, but this family isn’t found in the 1850 census, when they lived in Owsley County, Kentucky, where daughter Perlina was reportedly born that year. Everyone in this family was born in Kentucky.

  1. William Asbury, born about 1836; reportedly died 22 February 1863 in Fayetteville, Washington County, Arkansas.
  2. James Anderson, born about 1837. James is noted as “insane” on the 1860 census, but he later married Permelia Irene Milsap about 1870, as they are a young couple with no children in that census.
  3. Jacob Greenbury, born July1839; died 4 July 1910 in Hill County, Texas. He married Sarah A. Patrick,  about 1867, probably in Madison County, Arkansas. This family moved to Hill County, Texas between 1900 and 1910.
  4. John Merida, born about 1844; died 30 September 1913, Madison County, Arkansas. He married America Pool about 1866, probably in Madison County, Arkansas.
  5. Houston Patrick, born 8 June 1847; died 28 January 1928. Houston married Catherine Helton as her second husband.
  6. Perlina Alice, born about 1850, reportedly in Owsley County, Kentucky; unmarried.
  7. Hiram Edward, born 19 September or November 1852; died 17 February 1916, Logan County, Arkansas. He married Anna L. Walkup about 1873, probably in Madison County, Arkansas.

There you have it, the children and grandchildren of Revolutionary War soldier John Stufflebean and his two wives, Priscilla Ross and Elsee Larrison Ketchum. At this point, I don’t believe he had any daughters. I think Mary Stufflebean who married John Maxwell in 1826 was the young widow of their son, James.

As always, if you recognize any of these families, please leave a comment.



Recommended Reads

Recommended Reads


A Russian Genealogy Gold Mine Awaiting to Be Cleared of Its Treasures by Vera Miller on Finding Lost Russian and Ukrainian Family

Contribution to the Slave Name Roll Project: Oglethorpe County, Georgia by Schalene Dagutis on Tangled Roots and Trees

WorldCAT for Genealogy: A Secret Weapon by Mary Ann on Collecting Cousins

If you have ancestors in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, be sure to read Joanne’s post:
Wonderful Westmoreland County Deeds by Joanne Cowden on Researching Relatives

4 Steps for Using Google Earth for Genealogy by Lacey Cooke on Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems

Family Stories

Solving A Genealogy Puzzle: Finding Rachel Part 1, Solving a Genealogy Puzzle: Finding Rachel Part 2, and Solving a Genealogy Puzzle: Finding Rachel Part 3, all by Lorine McGinnis Schulze on Olive Tree Genealogy Blog

My Childhood Scrapbook by Joanne Cowden on Researching Relatives

Three Siblings’ DNA Ethnicity Results by Elizabeth Handler on From Maine to Kentucky


How Well Does Handle GEDCOM? By Keith on GenealogyTools

How to Join a DNA Project by Roberta J. Estes on DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy

DNA Prediction Was On Point! by Melvin J. Collier on Roots Revealed

Native American Haplogroup X2a – Solutrean, Hebrew or Beringian? by Roberta J. Estes on DNAeXplained

A Google Search Technique to Add to Your Bag of Tricks by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on Finding Forgotten Stories

Methodology, News, Etc.

Best Practices for Storing Heirloom Photographs on Lisa Lisson

Five Things I Learned from Working with Archivists by Yvette Hoitink on Dutch Genealogy

Sitting Like a Statue on Your Sources by Cathy Meder-Dempsey on Opening Doors in Brick Walls

What Is the Genealogy Business Alliance? by Janet Hovorka on The Chart Chick

Family Tree or Family Graph by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on Finding Forgotten Stories

Chronicling America Data Challenger – Prizes Will Be Awarded by Diane L. Richard on UpFront with NGS

Quick Tip – Share Your Mysteries Online by Yvette Hoitink on Dutch Genealogy

Interesting post by Wayne – Thoughts?
Why Would We Care About 4th Cousins? Or Even More Distant Relatives by Wayne Shepheard on Discover Genealogy and FamilySearch Look Back, Then Forward by The Ancestry Insider

I love Nicol’s analogy:
5 Common Mistakes Made Using by Nicol Warren on The Family Ancestry Detective

RootsTech 2016 Class Syllabus Available by Randy Seaver on Genea-Musings

Last, but not least, DearMYRTLE has a new archive for her hangouts on air. If you haven’t ever attended one of her sessions, you need to as they are fabulous and fun:
Where Are Myrt’s Hangouts Archived? by Pat Richley-Erickson on DearMYRTLE’s Genealogy Blog