|About Ayers Blackerby Cousins
This website, Tribal Pages, has been set up to share my (our) family history with you. It is like a box of chocolates—you never know what you will get.
I have spent many years researching our family history, have meet some wonderful cousins and researchers along the way, and been successful beyond my imagination. It has always been my intent to share it with my family but have been conflicted about the best way to do so. When I started in 1982, I expected to write a book someday. Thankful, that day never arrived. Every time I thought I was close to finishing up my research a new discovery was made. With the advent of computers, more and more records are available online. Some of them such as Ancestry are fee based but many others are free.
Genealogical Proof Standards have been adopted by professional and serious genealogist. As such many family legends, family history books and myths have fallen by the wayside. Much of my early research was based on some of these cherished legends which sadly have not withstood the test of time as they could not be verified. DNA has altered many family histories including ours.
There are many inconsistencies in the spellings of names, and you will find these inconsistencies in my research. If I have misspelled your name, please change it or let me know. Sometimes, I have recorded it the way it was spelled in the document; other times it has been modernized to the most common spelling. I inadvertently change Ayres to Ayers and cannot consistently spell Southerland and Sutherland one way or the other.
Every record needs to be verified for accuracy. Primary records are created at the time of the event and are only as good as the person giving the information or the person recording it. Old handwriting is difficult to decipher, and mistakes are made when transcribed.
Privacy and security are of utmost concern for all of us. I have an extensive tree on Ancestry, but it does not include living family members and it is not free. This entire tree was accidentally uploaded to Tribal Pages! I was trying to upload a few select lines but ended up with all of it. Perhaps it is for the best. It will be pruned over time.
I set up a Blackerby Cousins group on Facebook to share research with anyone who might be interested. Their format was somewhat limiting and there are privacy concerns. I have selected Tribal Pages as a means of sharing my research with you. I feel it is secure.
Many family members have assisted in my research. I was given a five-generation chart to fill out in my first genealogical research class. I thought I knew the names of my grandparents but that was all! Fortunately, Mama had started recording names, dates and some places in a ledger and those notes had been preserved by sister Barbara. Peggy had the contents from Mama’s pocketbook and among the memorabilia was a handwritten Blackerby-Boyd lineage chart which turned out to be a road map for discovering our Blackerby lineage. France shared stories, gathered contact information for many relatives, shared newspaper clippings and did some library research. Evelyn filled out family group sheets and shared stories. Barbara, Vince, Sandy and I visited cemeteries and libraries one summer. One clue lead to another.
Barbara, Peggy and Tyler have read and reread some of my stories and been very helpful and supportive over the years.
Virginia Blackerby spent her life researching the Blackerby family and corresponded regularly with Patt Roach in Texas who ultimately wrote three books on the Blackerby family. Our line was pretty much covered in her first volume.
Cousins Irene Kuykendall Johnson, Lois Ayers West, Harold Powers, Ruby Ayers Grisham, Lena Ayers Smith, Vernon Ayers, Ronald Ayers and Ruth Gibson Conner furnished much information about our Ayers side of the family.
Emma Rae was very supportive and gave me many of Daddy’s records. She took me to Toccoa to visit with Fred Taylor. About the same time, I contacted Fred, his niece, Ruth Gibson Conner, also contacted him about our family history. He gave Ruth my contact information. Ruth and I spent many years collecting and sharing information. All the information about Vina Ayers Taylor’s family comes from Ruth.
Uncle Lawrence Porter Blackerby took his framed picture of the David A. Porter and Mary Elizabeth Southerland family off his wall and identified each person. He seemed to enjoy talking about his Grandmother Porter (Mary Elizabeth Southerland). Only wish I had known more so I could have asked more but I would not have found her birth mother’s family without his clues.
Frances Ayers Tadlock and Johnnye Kuykendall organized several Ayers family reunions. The first one was in 1993. Old pictures were shared, and copies were made. Family group sheets were handed out and thanks to all who returned them to me.
Carol Ayers, wife of Jack III, discovered Andrew Marion Moses Ayers’ brother and corresponded with a living descendant.
Cash cousins, Bonnie Rodgers Fincher and Bev Winsness, invited me to join them in northeast Georgia for a field trip lead by an amateur archaeologist with the Lake Russell Wildlife & Chattahoochee National Forest Management. Tim, Jackie, Carol and their sons, Jackson and Pate Ayers also joined us for this adventure. We were taken to the old home sites and burying grounds for Howard, Reuben, and Joseph Buffington Cash, Richard B. Hooper, Henry Davis and some of his family members.
Numerous other people have been very helpful along the way. To every one of you, thank you very much.
This web site is under construction and will be changing frequently. I hope you will take the time to explore it and get used to navigating the many features.
Females are listed under their maiden name.
You are invited to add your family members' names, pictures and stories to share with us. Your additions will be welcomed.
Additions, corrections, commentaries and discussion are welcomed. Please contact me through this website or at: Lucybeth17@aol.com.
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There are several ways to browse the family tree. The Tree View graphically shows the relationship of selected person to their kin. The Family View shows the person you have selected in the center, with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above are the father and mother and below are the children. The Ancestor Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right are the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The Descendant Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Do you know who your second cousins are? Try the Kinship Relationships Tool. Your site can generate various Reports for each name in your family tree. You can select a name from the list on the top-right menu bar.
In addition to the charts and reports you have Photo Albums, the Events list and the Relationships tool. Family photographs are organized in the Photo Index. Each Album's photographs are accompanied by a caption. To enlarge a photograph just click on it. Keep up with the family birthdays and anniversaries in the Events list. Birthdays and Anniversaries of living persons are listed by month. Want to know how you are related to anybody ? Check out the Relationships tool.
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