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My interest in family history began as far back as I can remember. I loved to visit my Grandpa and my Aunt Grace, who never married and lived with him and cared for him in his home. Grandpa, born in 1864, would tell me stories of when he was a boy and about his ancestors. Stories of him listening to the Christian County early settlers as they gathered at the Bulpitt store, which adjoined the family farm or at Blackburn store only a mile southwest. Some of those he listened to were Martin Hanon, the Richardsons, Vandeveers, Whitecrafts, as well as his Uncles, Presley Peak, and Joseph and Drury
Bondurant, all who came before Christian County was formed.
My Aunt would tell me of my grandmother's family. Her ancestors had come to this country in the mid 1600's, and their descendants had recorded their history down to that present day. Aunt Grace carried on communication with distant cousins from Delaware to California and would share those letters with me. At that time some were rather boring to me but later I realized their importance. Many letters were preserved and came to me following the death of Grandpa and my Aunt. They helped me locate the burial of one cousin this last fall.
My Grandpa and my Grandmother, who died before my birth ....
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Family Tree Seminar
Presented by the Christian County Genealogical Society
Thur March 26, 2015
6:00 - 7:30 PM
Taylorville Public Library
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2015 Webinars from the Illinois State Genealogical Society
March 10th - Finding Your Memme Fatales: Exploring the Dark Side of Female Ancestors
April 14th - Using Evernot as Your Primary Tool for Capturing Notes and Ideas
May 12th - Need Direction? Try City Directories
June 9th - Understaind our Families, Understanding Ourselves
July 14th - Dissect Obituaries for New Clues
August 11th - School Daze - Finding and Using School records to Trace Our Ancestors
September 8th - Using Tax Records for Genealogial Problem Solving
October 13th - Polish Genealogy - Four Steps to Successful Research
November 10th - In-laws and Outlaws: The Bylaws of Talking About the Family Skeletons
December 8th - The US Federal Census: Good, Bad and Ugly for Genealogists
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