2020 Stars of the Researching Your Civil War Ancestry forum

lupaglupa

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2020 had many low points but it had good things too. For me, one of the highlights was all of the amazing activity on the Researching Your Civil War Ancestry forum. Last year 224 new threads were started on the forum. Most were requests for assistance. And boy did those requests get a response! Over 100 members of Civil War Talk offered assistance or encouragement to those wanting to learn more about the sacrifices their ancestors made during the War.

While each and every person who stopped by the forum deserves thanks, I especially want to recognize the all stars who come by again and again to provide expert research help. Number one on the list is @lelliott19 - who never fails to find new and pertinent information, even when the rest of us have given up. Not far behind in jumping in with their genealogy expertise are @east tennessee roots, @Fairfield, @Gary Morgan, @ucvrelics, @JPK Huson 1863, @DixieRifles, and @John Hartwell.

Thanks to everyone who came by the forum last year! Here's hoping we all have a happy and healthy 2021!

@lupaglupa
 
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Shucks, I'm ~blushing~

For me, this stuff is great fun, and since I can't get any farther back on my own line (Irish records are the pits), I like to look for other people's.

Cute story. My daughter was dating a guy in HS, and his mother commented that she'd always heard that they were related to Elvis Presley, but she didn't know if it was true or not. So I was trying to track down the answer during a study hall when one of my students asked what I was doing. "Tracing my daughter's boyfriend's genealogy."

The girl's mouth fell open just a little, and then she said, "Miss, isn't that just a little OVER PROTECTIVE?"

Turns out he WAS distantly related to Elvis, and to Tim McGraw - the original family name was Preslar. She eventually broke up with him and married someone else, but I'm still kind of annoyed about it. After all, my grandbabies COULD have been related to the King of Rock and Roll!
 

lupaglupa

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Shucks, I'm ~blushing~

For me, this stuff is great fun, and since I can't get any farther back on my own line (Irish records are the pits), I like to look for other people's.

Cute story. My daughter was dating a guy in HS, and his mother commented that she'd always heard that they were related to Elvis Presley, but she didn't know if it was true or not. So I was trying to track down the answer during a study hall when one of my students asked what I was doing. "Tracing my daughter's boyfriend's genealogy."

The girl's mouth fell open just a little, and then she said, "Miss, isn't that just a little OVER PROTECTIVE?"

Turns out he WAS distantly related to Elvis, and to Tim McGraw - the original family name was Preslar. She eventually broke up with him and married someone else, but I'm still kind of annoyed about it. After all, my grandbabies COULD have been related to the King of Rock and Roll!
Were they from northeast Mississippi? I'm not blood kin to the Presleys but we do have family ties. Elvis's Presley grandparents were sharecroppers on my great-great-grandfather's farm. Elvis's father, Vernon, walked to school with my grandmother. Elvis himself went to school with my Mother, though she doesn't remember him since the family moved to Memphis when she was little.
 

lelliott19

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All the folks you tagged above and others at CivilWarTalk have a real interest and desire to help people with their personal family history. It's like finding the right spot for a puzzle piece or finishing a chapter in a good book. Like @Gary Morgan said, its actually something we enjoy.

The real 'star' of the Researching Your Civil War Ancestry forum is you @lupaglupa :cannon: :cannon: :cannon:
You do a fantastic job of hosting and, with 224 new threads in a year, it's no easy task!

Many thanks for your commitment and dedication to CivilWarTalk and the Ancestry sub-Forum.
 
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Were they from northeast Mississippi? I'm not blood kin to the Presleys but we do have family ties. Elvis's Presley grandparents were sharecroppers on my great-great-grandfather's farm. Elvis's father, Vernon, walked to school with my grandmother. Elvis himself went to school with my Mother, though she doesn't remember him since the family moved to Memphis when she was little.
I gave his Mom all the research, but the common connection was going WAY back to the early 1700s in North Carolina, I think, and the first ancestor to come over from Germany. Way cool that your family crossed paths with greatness!
 

Lubliner

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Most of my travels involved Civil War studies, from 1988-2000 when I finally settled here in Chattanooga. I had a memorable experience of meeting locals here as a complete stranger, and the first recognizable name was a Ms. Couch. Of course on introduction I had to say I knew of Darius, but then how much ancestry was known? I guess I confounded more than one upon meeting.
Lubliner.
 
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Just because I'm really scattered this week (I go back to teaching online today after a too-short two weeks off), I wanted to take a minute to applaud the selection of Lelliott19 as number one on the list (probably about equal with you, Lupaglupa!). She's helped me out with everything from how to do a Zoom Meeting (she is a most excellent moderator for the weekly video presentations put on by CWT) to providing invaluable help on my next book on Andersonville. She is a warm, generous, and enthusiastic person, and we are lucky to have her!
 
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Recently this forum gave me the opportunity to solve a mystery of many years.
A swift reply from the forum host and others answered my questions.

I believe it's my first OP in the more than ten yrs I've been coming to this site. Although the members change the quality of the people and depth of knowledge remain. The contributors to this forum have created a treasure.
 
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