of the first
west of the blue mountains --
|A beautiful tribute by Eva Booher on the passing of her husband, John. Photo: Reuben Blaylock, father of Joseph M. Blaylock|
The information presented on this website has
been collected over many decades. My sisters and I have traveled
many miles to visit the ancestral birth places of many of our ancestors.
We have interviewed family members, begged for copies of photographs,
recorded oral history, visited historical societies, performed online
searches for historical documents, visited cemeteries, you name it.
If it was in the name of genealogy, we have done it.
Through our research, we have gained a rich understanding of our ancestors, and thus, ourselves. But perhaps the most rewarding aspect of our genealogical search has been in the many cousins we have met. Some cousins we have met briefly, exchanged information, and moved on. However, there are others with whom we have developed rich and meaningful relationships, adding new and wonderful dimensions to our lives.
We're always eager to meet new cousins.
Don't hesitate to write with your questions and comments:
Some of the sources we have used:
The Historical Society of Washington Co. is located in the Abingdon Train Station at 306 Depot Square behind the post office on Main Street in Abingdon. The Historical Society has become a leading center in the region for genealogical and historical research including local and regional history, published genealogies and family histories. The library is staffed completely by volunteers and open 10-4 Monday through Friday.
The library resources are included on a computerized partial index database which currently contains over 291,000 references.
1. Families of Washington County and Bristol, Virginia (1776-1996), compiled by the Holston Territory Genealogical Society and Don Mills, Inc., (Waynesville, NC: Walsworth Publishing, 1996). Copies of this book may be purchased by contacting the the Holston Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 433, Bristol, VA-TN 24203-0433.
2. History of Southwest Virginia (1746-1786) and Washington County (1777-1870), by Lewis Preston Summers, (Baltimore, MD: Regional Publishing Company, 1979)
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