My mother is extremely organized. Any information she recieved from any of her relatives went into labled folders. The information I enter for the most part comes from her files. On her mothers side, the family has been in Texas since the Texas Revolution. (Records indicate they came to Bevil Port around 1833) In the late 1950's most of the original land became Sam Rayburn Reservoir. A cousin has done all the paper work that makes us qualified members of both the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and the Daughters of the American Revolution.
On her father's side, the family has been in southern Georgia
since before the American Revolution. My Grandfather was the second oldest of ten children. (My grandmother was an only child) My mother had 41 first cousins. One of the became interested in genealogy and did extensive research on the Coleman side of the family. My mother has copies of most of it.
Between those 2 cousins, I have compiled most all of her family to at least the American Revolution.
My fathers side is a little more difficult. He did have one cousin that traced my grandmothers side back to Scotland. I cannot seem to get past my greatgrandfather on the Kirkwood. Someday I will get to go to Pittsburg and do some researching.
I have 2 of my great grandfather's bibles, but they are only enscribed with their children and birthdates.
I am a Texas History teacher. I use a lot of the information from my mothers side of the family in my classroom.