Friday, June 25, 2021

How to Invite others to view your AncestryDNA match list

 It's been about 5 years since I wrote a blog post detailing how to send an invite to view an AncestryDNA test's match list.    There have been some changes over that time and so I have made step by step image files showing the process via a web browser or via the AncestryDNA App.

You can click on the images to enlarge them.  Hope this is helpful.

Rutherford Co TN Tax Records at FamilySearch


We are so lucky to have so many free records online at FamilySearch.  The Tax Books for Rutherford Co Tennessee District 10 were my focus yesterday as I collected the information from the entries of my Great Grandfather, William Green Cook--a resident there from 1912 thru 1944. I collected the information and organized it in a Google Sheet which I saved as a PDF along with notes/observations and source information.  This process made it easy to upload the PDF to my Family Tree at Ancestry in William Green Cook's gallery.   After uploading the PDF,  I used the custom event and named one Property Tax for each year.  Below is a screenshot of the first sheet of the PDF file to give you an idea of what information I logged.

This information gave me some ideas of other places in which to look for clues about my Great Grandfather.  

Friday, June 18, 2021

Concerning the apprenticeship of John Cook in Franklin Co. NC(Dec 1785)

I read through some Franklin Co NC Apprentice Records and just a few pages in found a Cook who had been apprenticed.  The following is a warrant advising the man he had been apprenticed to that he needed to appear in court.  Also the note from the court minutes was found and included below.  I don't know which John Cook this is yet nor what trade the two men mentioned would have been teaching him.  Hope to find more but wanted to get this posted

Mr Josiah Jackson
This day Patience(Mary) Cook hath lodged a
complaint against you for your mal
conduct in the treatment of John Cook an 
orphan child bound to you.  You are to
take notice that you attend the second
day of our court next in the present
month to show cause if any you have
why this said John Cook should not be
taken from you and bound unto some
person that will treat him as the
law directs and for the present that you
do not abuse the child.  Given under my hand
Seal this 13th Dec'r 1785-- Wm Green

Outer side of Warrant

Warrant    State to Jo. Jackson

To Mr Josiah Jackson  Franklin County

Bound to Ben Westray
Indenture Made

I hereby Certify that I am
willing to relinquish any right
to the within mentioned boy if
the court sees proper to bind him
to Ben Westray

jo jackson

Source:  Warrant to Mr Josiah Jackson. Imaged in "North Carolina, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998" database with images, (  accessed 18 Jun 2021) > Franklin > Apprentice Bonds and Records, 1785-1903 Image 7-8 of 311.

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Cars of our Ancestors

Photos of cars taken in the 1940s.  These pictures are all from the collection given to me by a member of the Douglas Family who were neighbors of my Paternal Grandparents from their days in Old Hickory TN   I'm not sure if the last two were taken in Old Hickory because of the address given. It's interesting to see the cars and modes of transportation that our ancestors used.

Written on back of Photo:  1940 4 Door Chevrolet
Thur 11-15- 45

Joanne Bowen Fri 9-20-46

1941 Pontiac 8" Red Sedanette
Monday June 2, 1947
1219 East Willard Street

1941 Pontiac 8" Red Sedanette
Monday June 2, 1947
Wed. June 11, 1947