I have been gathering information and documents about my ancestors and their descendants since the latter part of January 1981. This is a work in progress. To quote a cousin, Jerry Smith Barrington, "As long as people live, marry, have children and die, a family history goes on."
As a young child, I always heard stories about ancestral family members but never set them down on paper; I wish I had.
From my Smith side, I remember hearing names such as B F Smith (Old Uncle Frank), G. W. Smith (Grampa George), Mary Ann Spivey, Pepper, Guthrie, Spears, Dark, Browning and many others. You see, some of my earliest years were spent in and around the beautiful hills of Alabama where many of those people were born, lived and died; and, as my family traveled visiting relatives the names rolled off my grandmotherís tongue.
From my Rhode side, there was much talk about German knights and nobility. My grandfather swore he descended from one of the Hanoverian princesses
I began this research shortly after my youngest daughter was born, when I received an incomplete copy of a geneaolgy begun by an uncle on my mother's side and another from a great uncle on my father's side, both of which piqued my interest. With my desire to learn more, I also wanted my children to know from where they came and what their people were like.