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Our Family History » Blog Archive » Murder in the Family, Part 3 - 0 views

  • Prior to Jennings’ death, North Alabama suffered under an outbreak of violence including burglary, arson, and murder. According to Arthur Jennings, John B. Jennings drew the ire of a political candidate because of something Jennings said at a political rally. In an alternate version of the story, the grudge between Jennings and the candidate originated with an article that had appeared in the The North Alabamian newspaper during the summer political canvass.
  • He walked over to the door and shot John in his shop from across the street. John B. Jennings was struck by four large buckshot and died within a half hour.
  • His trial took place on June 28 and 29, 1875. He was acquitted of murder — it was determined he acted in self-defense. If Arthur Jennings’ version of the story is true, it is hard to believe that George C. Almon acted in self-defense, but I have a feeling that Arthur Jennings’ version is rather kinder to John B. Jennings by virtue of the fact that he was family.
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  • An account of the murder was published in a Tuscumbia, Alabama newspaper. The writer, using the pen name Russel Villian, “found fault with both men[:] Jennings for insulting [Almon] and [Almon] for acting with [S]outhern chivalrous behavior” (Jennings 3). Russel Villian did not say what exactly it was that John B. Jennings said to George C. Almon, but it may be that it was bad enough that the jury apparently felt Jennings’ murder was justified;
  • Almon prospered in Alabama government and politics. Five years after the murder, Almon was a practicing lawyer in Russellville (Jennings 3). He was appointed a probate judge, and in 1886, he was elected to the Alabama State Senate in the 12th district.
  • Fannie moved the children to Honey Grove, Fannin County, Texas in 1880. Ten years later, the family moved to Swisher County in the Texas Panhandle.
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    A detailed, well thought out blog about the Family History of Dana Huff. Many resources here.
Margaret Harris

NARAtions » What do all those numbers associated with NARA records mean? - 0 views

  • record group numbers
  • Record Group (RG) number – A unique number assigned to each record group.  A record group is a grouping created by NARA that comprises the records of a large organization, such as a Government bureau or independent agency. To search ARC by RG number, enter the RG number in the description identifier field and then select just the record group in the level of description filter.  Click on “Search within” to search for series descriptions linked to that RG
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    Does everyone know that not only are some records from NARA available through Ancestry.com, but are also available at FootNote.com?  In addition, many NARA microfilms are in the FamilySearch FHLibrary database.  Well, they are copies with FHL film numbers, but my thinking is that perhaps the FHL created the microfilms at NARA or helped with them.  Does anyone know how that goes?
Margaret Harris

Genealogy's Star: New Web services may impact finding your family history - 0 views

  • ten new web services that are changing the ways we share information. His opinions were that the developments may be disruptive of the normal ways of sharing information.
  • It's likely to gain ground quickly in the U.S. now that Google has sent out a QR code to 100,000 of the most popular companies in its Local Business Center. When those companies display the QR code, customers can use code-scanning applications on their iPhones and other devices to retrieve the firm's individual Google listing."
  • I think QR Codes are likely to intensify the Web as a means of communication. Businesses and organizations that have no Web presence will become literally invisible to the rest of the world.
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  • How will this affect genealogy and family history? It will probably increase the trend towards Web based communications for families and likely facilitate setting up family history sites. It may well come to the day when your holiday greeting cards will contain a QR Code link to your own website, rather than any other message
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    I'm not sure that I understand the mechanics of this new technology, but if it facilitates the sharing of genealogical data, then I'm all for it !
Margaret Harris

Top Search Results - (Library of Congress) - 0 views

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    Searching for background information can help you get in touch with your ancestral ties. "Washington County Florida" is the search I performed as I looked for a county history or similar book.
Margaret Harris

Tracking Your Roots:  Covington County, Alabama - 0 views

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    What a wonderful web page! For your ancestors in Covington County, Alabama, you must check it out!
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    What a wonderful web page! For your ancestors in Covington County, Alabama, you must check it out!
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