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This issue kicks off 2021 with a series of articles themed “From Whence We Came: Appalachia”. So many of our ancestors lived there before “heading west” – and what a rich history they left behind for us to explore! I have thoroughly enjoyed researching and writing this first installment – and I’m just getting started as I anticipate at least two more issues with a focus on the Southern Appalachian region.
This issue begins with a look at one of the most difficult periods in our nation’s history, the Civil War. “Hurrah for the Ladies: The Confederate Women of East Tennessee” focuses on the stories from the hills of East Tennessee and the feisty Confederate females who endured depredation and exile whilst their men were away fighting Yankees. One story in particular is indicative of just how difficult those years (and the aftermath) were.
In “Mining Genealogical Gold: Finding Records of Appalachian Ancestors (and the stories behind them)” you’ll find not only tips for locating records of your “hillbilly” ancestors, but the rich history surrounding them. This article covers the Appalachian regions of Kentucky, Tennessee, and North and South Carolina.
“Family History Tool Box” is full of tips and an overview of one of the coolest genealogical research tools I’ve come across – don’t miss it!
“The Appalachian Way: Faith Family and Folklore” is the beginning of another series of articles about the myriad ways mountain folks lived out their lives in days gone by – and yet today.
Finally, “The Dash” article features a character living in the hills of eastern Kentucky. Neither he nor his kin seemed to know just how old he was. What an adventure this story turned out to be!