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Welcome! This website was created on Aug 26 2021 and last updated on Apr 12 2024. The family trees on this site contain 33423 relatives and 542 photos. If you have any questions or comments you may send a message to the Administrator of this site.
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2024 Durden Family Reunion Planning Committee needs volunteers for various committees. Contact Laura Durden or Denise Jarrett for details.
About Durden Roots and Branches
Hello, my name is Denise (Harden) Jarrett, a Durden cousin. It is my passion and great desire to connect people with their ancestors. I don't want anyone to be forgotten. 

I have been gathering family history since 1988. My father, Walter Harden, Jr. began searching for the relatives on his father's side of the family. His father passed away when he was a young boy and it seemed as though there was a burning desire to find that side of the family after his mother passed away. 

As a truck driver, whenever he had a load through Louisiana, he would always stop at the truck stop on 79 and talk to folks and ask if they knew any Hardens. Eventually, he met Winston Mays and Rose Stephens, who introduced him to Allene (Durden) Fields, granddaughter of Margaret Harden and Jim Durden and descendants of Maggie Adams Stephens, daughter of Margaret Harden and Joe Adams. 

Margaret Harden-Durden was his father's sister (my great aunt). So, after each trip through Louisiana, he would stop in Greenwood and meet more cousins. So I began to document the cousins to keep track of who was who. Later, I began researching to find other cousins and their families.

Collecting the rich heritage of our roots and the branches that have grown over the years has become a full-time endeavor and passion. I want to preserve the history of our families and make the information available for future generations.  If you have stories and special memories, please share them here and help make our families stories come alive and more personal. I can also use more pictures. It is amazing how often there is a close resemblance for relatives separated by generations.

I welcome any additional information or stories, to help not only our generation but future generations understand our roots, please contact me via email, phone or through comments/feedback on this website.  Please keep in mind, this is a work in progress. Updates will be made regularly by myself and other family members!



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Getting Around
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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