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Family Quest - Part One

By: Col. Carlis B. Wilson

My Wilson Family of Adair County KYJust a few years ago I had only a few names in a family Bible record, when I started the research of my the family. I must confess that I had never heard the name of either of my great grandparents before my outset on this journey.

I began collecting some family records in a small data program. I printed out some family sheets and mailed them to a number of the family members, with no replies. Since I lived about 300 miles from my hometown of Columbia, KY with most of the older generations passed on to their reward, and many of the younger generation moved to parts unknown. where do I go to find my roots?

Where do I start?

  • How many of my family do I know well enough to record their Christian name and birth date?
  • Where were they born?
  • Who did they marry?
  • What school did they attend?
  • What church did they take membership with?
  • What were their achievements and ambitions in life?

A Trip To Adair County
I decided on a time to return to Adair County KY, where I was born and raised as a child. I had the opportunity to stay with a number of my relatives, so I decided to seek information about my lineage from them. When I arrived at one of my aunts, who is in her late seventies, they were glad to see me and greeted me with a hearty welcome. After we visited for a while I began to ask about the family ancestry.

Aunt said "Let us eat first, then we will go to the cemetery where many of the family are buried." At the cemetery, we visited my father and grandparents graves. I said "Do you know where great grandfather is buried?" Aunt replied "Yes, he is just over here a short way."

When we arrived at his grave, she began to tell be about his wife Martha, (my great grandmother of whom I had never heard before that day. That was my first big break in the family search.

This story was posted on 2003-07-01 13:55:03
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