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I have been trying to locate information on my family in Ga. How can I get someone to help there without paying alot.

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  1. sjulia wrote on :

    Hello Fab 50 folks,, thanks to all of you who “wrote” in and helped,, I have finally been able to find my 4-5 great grandfather and where he is buried.. John Holliday died while in service at Camp Moore which is close to Baton Rouge, I am hoping to make a trip there and pay my respects.. Thanks to all of you,, I will be back in touch as I am still trying to find my great grandmother,my namesake.. Thanks again

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  2. sjulia wrote on :

    To all of the folks here that have helped me with my question, You all have helped so much and with the help of one person, found my gggrandparents on the Ga. census.Now I really have proof we are from Ga. All my life I have been told we were connected to the “Doc” Holliday. I will continue to look.

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  3. clcrss wrote on :

    I took another look for your gr-grandmother – Julia Ann Gordon Fentrel Holliday and wonder where she was actually born … she is listed in the 1900 census as having been born in Alabama but then ten years later in the 1910 census as having been born in Florida! Not being able to find more info could mean we are looking in the wrong state for her???

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    • sjulia wrote on :

      She is a very confusing lady, talked with one aunt and said she could be Indian or part black, found a Gordon family in Alexandria, La and thought she may be part of the family and then they quit keeping in touch. Then I talked with the other aunt and she said possible Indian and Gran Julia had children, her husband came to La and took the children to ??Okla with him. So yes she is a mystery, Even the pension papers doesn’t state where she was born just her maiden name,that is how I found it was always misspelled. My father always said Futrell,but the papers say Fentrel.
      I will be on vacation for 2 wks but will be cking in. Thanks so much for all your help here. May God richly bless you and yours

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  4. Barbara Torris wrote on :

    My husband discovered a wealth of information by tracing family back through cemetery records. http://govdeathregistry.com/?Id=Cemet&Group=Ysm1def1 Good luck.

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    • sjulia wrote on :

      thanks Ms. Barbara, I have a picture of her headstone but nothing else. Have been to the courthouse that should have their marriage license but not luck, what I have found is her pension papers and it tells me where they got married and who performed the ceremony but nothing there, I haven’t given up, will keep looking, She is my namesake and I was born on her birthday,so this makes it special to me.. Thanks for your help

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  5. clcrss wrote on :

    I reviewed your info and was able to find John J Holliday with wife Amanda in the 1860 census (as others did) for Rapides Parish, LA …. I noticed that they and all of their children (William M; Henry T; Joseph J; Amanda E; and Mary E) had been born in Georgia. So, I looked in the 1850 census for GA and found the family in Militia District 655, LaGrange, Troup County … the surname was spelled HOLLIDA and John J was an Overseer. His wife was listed as ‘Temanda’ and the children were William M; Thomas H; Joseph J, and Elvira.
    Here is a link to more info on Troup County, GA vital records …. you may be able to get additional info from newspaper articles in that area also …. if I can look something else up for you, let me know … I live about an hour from LaGrange. Here’s the website: http://usgwarchives.net/ga/troup/address.html

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    • sjulia wrote on :

      Oh Man, what a way to wake up. Thanks so much, now I can go forward with this, If I can ever help you let me know.

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    • clcrss wrote on :

      Glad I could help …. Here’s another idea … when you check out the amily in the 1850 census (M432, Roll 84, Page 126A, Lines 26-41) make note of their neighbors and to see if local maps of the times will give an idea of exactly where they lived in LaGrange … also, I wonder if the name ‘Temanda’ is Native American … there was a population of Creek Indians who lived in that area before it became LaGrange, Ga … much more is in the history of Troup County …. good luck – I am so glad I could help! Let me know what you find. Yours is an exciting ancestral story!

      clcs 🙂

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    • sjulia wrote on :

      Thanks for the help. In trying to locate my namesake I have run into a problem but now finding some info. The two aunts left are talking and telling me that either my ggrandmother Julia Ann Holliday,born Gordon,then Fentrel was Indian, they weren’t sure, took me years to find her. When I found her papers on the military papers is how I found her correct spelling of name, Now they tell me the Gordons could be Jordon but either way I will find her.She was from Ala. While visiting my aunt she told us that Grandma Julia was previously married with children (we knew of the marriage but not children) her ex husband came and took this kids away from her. Not sure what court to go looking in. Have been to Rapides Parish,Vernon Parish and Calcasieu Parish,with nothing there, Have made arrangements to visit the library in Natchitoches later on. If I can help you with anything on this end don’t hesitate to call

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  6. nanjones wrote on :

    Sorry to hear that you had no luck at the Mormon site. Remember it for the future when you research. Visit one of their Family History Centers and they are really most helpful. Looks like you have found quite a bit.

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  7. dreamweaver wrote on :

    I’ve used the LDS (“Mormon”) Church website for years. Because of their beliefs system, a lot of the information is there. You do have to cross-reference it. I’ve found errors. There are teaching programs available there for little or no cost also.

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  8. Genteacher wrote on :

    The advice you have received alrady is very solid. The only tip I would add is to go to Cyndis List (www.cyndislist.com) and check out Georgia. One of the links that comes up is for Ancestry.com. When I clicked on that and put in John Holliday’s name, 20 results came up – for free. If you need further help, don’t forget local genealogy societies – generally they will do it for free or a very small fee. Good luck.
    Marilyn Giese
    http://www.askagenealogist.com

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  9. clcrss wrote on :

    I live in GA and will be glad to do a free look-up to get you started but, I need more facts. What census have you found him in and who are his other family members – parents and/or siblings. You can email details to me directly at backintheday_yourhistory@hotmail.com if you want …. no charge 🙂

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    • sjulia wrote on :

      Hey thanks, headed out to drs appt right now but will get back with you, what I am trying to do is prove what I have found and see if I can find anything futhur than what I already have, Again a big thanks

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    • sjulia wrote on :

      Hello thanks for your help, here is what I have on my family lineage
      John J. Holliday B 12 Feb 1828 in Ga,D ???? married Amanda L. Macon B 9 Sep 1819 in Ga. They had 5 children,
      William Thomas Monroe, B 16 Jul 1842 D 15 Jan 1920 (William Monroe)
      married (1) Louise Jane Miller(8 children) (2) Julia Ann Gordon Fentrel ( 3 children) which is where I come in,
      Elias Thomas Monroe B 4 Sep 1892 Ga, died 22 Feb 1943 La. (7 children) one of their sons is my father, Elvin Holliday B 25 Aug 1915,La D 22 Dec 1995 La, Elvin was married 4 times with my mother being wife no 3, Elvin has 5 children living, I have found William Monroe’s pension papers along with his wife Julia,and have found them in the census but can’t find anything in Ga on the family, The story goes that 5 brothers were in Missouri talking and decieded to ck out the rest of “world”,they would meet back at home place and which ever one had the best story that is where they would move,Well as history goes, they all liked the places they went so off they went to thier favorite state. From Missouri to Ga to La is how I was told my lineage traveled. Since my father is deceased I can’t talk with him. If you can help so much appreciation would pass your way, We are having a reunion of this wonderful large family and I would love to share what has been found, On another note, I have been told that 1 we are connected to the Doc Holliday,in fact my brother looks a lot like him and my ggrandmother was a 3rd cousin to Jesse James, What a history to explore, Thanks for your help and May God richly bless you

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  10. trishc wrote on :

    Hello,
    You’ve already received a lot of good answers, my vote goes to the Genealogical Random Acts of Kindness. The volunteers work on a statewide and county basis. As a professional genealogist, I can attest that TIME IS MONEY. The more time we spend on your personal project, the more money it is going to cost you. Many of us will work on a budget, but do not be surprised if nothing is found right away. Since you’ve already been working on this for quite a while, I assume that your family (for whatever reason) may be more difficult to locate than others. Good luck!

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  11. Ultimate-Genealogy wrote on :

    It’s going to depend on what information you are trying to locate. I have a economically priced introduction package http://www.ultimate-genealogy.com/
    I have several Hollidays in my family tree.
    I would also look at my other website that has many many helpful links to helpful places (there is a search feature on the site) http://www.jillsgenealogy.com
    Lots of local library’s or LDS centers have access to ancestry.com and heritage quest.
    Also these sites might help you with your search; http://www.gagensociety.org/ http://www.georgiagenealogy.org/ http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gagenweb/ http://www.georgiapioneers.com/
    http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mogenweb/mo.htm http://www.mosga.org/ http://www.missourigenealogy.org/
    A few John Holliday’s I found when researching my Hollidays:
    John J. Holliday 59th Regiment, Georgia Infantry Confederate Georgia
    John S. Holliday 2nd Regiment, Georgia Cavalry (State Guards) Confederate Georgia
    John W. Holliday 38th Regiment, Georgia Infantry Confederate Georgia
    John W. Holliday Hanleiter’s Company, Georgia Light Artillery (Jo Thompson Artillery) Confederate Georgia
    John D. Holliday 3rd Field Battery, Missouri Light Artillery Confederate Missouri
    John S. Holliday Engineer Regiment of the West, Missouri Volunteers Union Missouri
    John W. Holliday 3rd Regiment, Missouri Infantry Confederate Missouri
    John W. Holliday 3rd Regiment, Missouri Cavalry Confederate Missouri

    Ultimate-Genealogy
    http://www.ultimate-genealogy.com

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    • sjulia wrote on :

      Hey thanks will take all of this to heart, My John was either John James or James John. When talking to aunts they aren’t sure,but all info I have found is John, from the records I found, this John and his son William served in the war together. I have my records on ancestry.com under Julia Holliday’s family tree, feel free to ck it out,it is not blocked from anyone. If I can help you with your research let me know. again thanks

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    • Ultimate-Genealogy wrote on :

      Well there are a bunch of Julia Holliday’s on ancestry.com I would need a birth date, father or husbands name to narrow down which is yours to view.

      Ultimate-Genealogy
      http://www.ultimate-genealogy.com

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    • sjulia wrote on :

      Sorry didn’t know that, my father was Elvin Holliday,b-15 Aug 1915,d- 22 Dec 1995,born/died in La., his father was Thomas Monroe,mother Flora Miers, will post some dates later, Thanks, just got back in and haven’t had time to really catch up

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    • Ultimate-Genealogy wrote on :

      I find an Elvin Holliday b. Aug 25, 1915 and died Dec 15, 1995 in Deridder, Beauregard, LA and he served in WWII married in some cases 4 times to a Cooley and a Brown and a Carroll and a Mitchell. I also see references to a book titled Brobst Family Historical Registry by Arthur Holmes having him in it. This tree on ancesrty.com has photos and lots of info: http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/14096371/person/55350532?ssrc=

      I find John J. Holiday in the 1860 Louisiana Census in Alexandria PO, Rapida Parish and in the 1860 US census in Rapides, LA with wife Amanda, William, Henry, Joseph, Amanda, and Mary

      Ultimate-Genealogy
      http://www.ultimate-genealogy.com

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    • sjulia wrote on :

      this is my branch, from this tho, there is nothing, I did find him in the Civil War records and some history on that, I can’t find where he died or is buried, They had a child to die and buried in Rapides Parish but no record of where, thanks, give me a few,we are dealing with some bad weather and the internet is going and coming, will try and post the info I have

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    • sjulia wrote on :

      Hello finally got some time to put things down,between drs appt and fire classes, it has been quite busy and since posting on here, so many folks have offered to help, First let me say thanks,
      The person I am connected to is
      John J. Holliday B 12 Feb 1828 Ga, D-? married Amanda L. Macon B 9 Sep 1819 in Ga, she died in 1860, no other records have I found on her, Mr. Holliday served in the miltary as a confederate solider, in fact I think he and his son served together. On one of the pension papers it states he served in the C 27th La Inf Confederate States Army, inlisted 23 Mar 1892,surrendered 26 May 1865 at New Orleans, Now on his wife’s penison papers is shows him Company C 28th La. Infty at Petersburg, La. early part of 1862, discharges at close of war Alexandria, on or about Jun 1865
      Now to some history, Mr. John and Ms, Amanda had 5 children, William Monroe B 16 Jul 1842 in Ga, D 15 Jan 1920 in DeRidder, La. (my ggrandfather), married (1) Louisa Jane Miller,(8 children (2) Julia Ann Gordon Fentrel (3 children, Elias Thomas Monroe,B 4 Sep 1892 Ga, D 22 Feb 1943 La, married Flora Ellen Miers, they had 7 children, the son Elvin Holliday B 25 Aug 1915 in La D 22 Dec 1995 La, this was my father and he has 5 living children, My father was married 4 times with my mother his third wife,
      I have a tree posted on Ancestry.com under Julia Holliday’s tree,also I have done the Cooley,Hickmans, Miers,Hensley’s, Sanders, Castellaws just to name a few. Again thanks and hopes this helps

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    • sjulia wrote on :

      just cked out the site you posted,this is my information and family trees, I went to Rapides courthouse in Alexandria and they have nothing on them but as with other cases,the courthouse burned in ???year, I have run across this so many times,

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    • sjulia wrote on :

      thanks for your help,, I did find my John Holliday,, he was listed as J J Holliday and died while in service at Camp Moore in Tanigahoa,La. I am making plans now to visit this site and pay my respects, Hoping from there we can go past him and locate the 5 brothers,, another story I was told is this batch of Holliday started in Ga and not Missouri, funny how that story is told by so many families… Anway if I can help with your Hollidays let me know, have lots of info on not just my line but others,, Thanks so much for your time, now off to find my namesake, Julia Ann Gordon Fentrel Holliday

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  12. ceirrageorgia wrote on :

    Hello sjulia, I just happen to live in the state of Georgia and pursuing my passion of Genealogy after driving tractor trailer for 16 years. I have been researching my own for over 30 years. I would pursue your roots as if they were my own. Check out my website at ceirrageorgia.weebly.com or email me at ceirrageorgia.antq@gmail.com. I am also a member of RAOGK, I will help you without breaking you.

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  13. sshayward wrote on :

    I would recommend that you visit the Georgia GENWEB first. (www.GAGENWEB.com) Check the county information to see what information is on that site. Some of the counties are better than others. Generally, you can leave queries that volunteers will answer. They usually don’t charge but some of the societies that help could use a small donation.
    Also, check with your local library to see if they have the library version of Ancestry.com. Check to see if you have a local Family History Center close to you – the library should be able to tell you this. Some libraries now have the ability to borrow microfilm from the Family History Center in Salt Lake for a $5.00 fee and you have use of it for a couple of weeks. Check to see if you have a local genealogy society that can assist you.
    You also might try http://www.genealogytrails.com or do a search online for free genealogy websites. Here is a link to a site that gives you suggestions for numerous websites, some free and some you pay for: http://www.progenealogists.com/top50genealogy2011.htm. Happy hunting!

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  14. photodetective wrote on :

    You should definitely contact members of the Association of Professional Genealogists. You can search by area of specialty. http://www.apgen.org

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  15. VMAH wrote on :

    Paying a lot is a relative term. The amount that you would have to spend depends on how long the research will take/how difficult and what kind of paper trail your ancestors left. Hiring a professional will get you the answers you seek a lot quicker. It may not cost a whole lot. Also, there is a lot you can find out from free sites, too.

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  16. Ginealogygin wrote on :

    Hi, I am here in Georgia and would be happy to help. Most family history researchers charge by the hour (some with a minimum number of hours), but our hourly rates are not over the top and you can always ask a researcher to limit their findings to a certain number of hours, so you know just exactly what you’re going to pay up front. Let me know if you’d like more information and visit my blogsite for my rates: http://www.ginealogygin.blogspot.com

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    • sjulia wrote on :

      Thanks, I just may give you a post with the info I already have. What I am trying to find out is info on the John J. Holliday that is our line. Again thanks, going to get my family together and see if they want to do this

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  17. MaryDouglass wrote on :

    You might try the local historical or genealogical society and the public library in the county from which your family came. Also Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness for someone who may work in your area of interest.

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  18. nanjones wrote on :

    First try the local Family History Center of the Mormon Church. They are free and staffed with knowledgeable volunteers. Second try the local library or univeristy to see to which genealogical service they have subscribed. That can give you access to ancestry.com. Next go online to the county in Georgia and see what they have in the way of historical society or genealogy scoiety. They might help but they do charge for research, but it’s cheaper than driving there.

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    • sjulia wrote on :

      Thanks for you help. In trying the Mormon site, I could not even find my father, A story here, when the Mormon was in DeRidder (seat for Beauregard Parish) my father gave them a mobile home free of rent while microfilming the courthouse,library and family stories. Now to search the data base and not even find him, well it upsets me. My father loved to talk with folks about his history but not much with his kids. On a short note, my father and I didn’t get along most of the time and when I would question him on history, he would ignore me. Something I grew up living with every day, I have been doing this research for over 30 yrs learning as I go. Again thanks for your advice and will give them another shot

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  19. sjulia wrote on :

    thanks folks, I have found alot up to my gggrandfather,John Holliday, he and his son served in the Civil War,that much we found,We can’t find anything past John Holliday, Several family members say we come from Ga,but the census and other info says Ga. Again thanks will see what I can do,

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    • sjulia wrote on :

      Guess I need to re read what I type, Several family members say we are from Missouri,what I found is from Ga. The story goes that the Holliday brothers were in Missouri,held a talk, the 5 brothers decieded to ck out the “world”.They would come back and who ever told the best story is where the clan would move. They all came back with good stories so the family scattered to Ga,Tx,Ca just to name a few. Thanks for all the replies and will ck them all out.

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    • susaneking wrote on :

      The first thing to do is to isolate the 5 brothers in the census records if you can from 1850 on and see if you can find them all together or separately. Free services would be http://www.familysearch.org or through Heritage Quest.

      Once you can begin to isolate them in the census records you can begin to use the vital records to begin to expand it further.

      Susan
      susan@susaneking.com
      http://www.susaneking.com

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    • sjulia wrote on :

      Thanks Susane, this is where the problem is, I can’t find them in Ga even tho on the federal Louisiana census they state that they were born in Ga, a few months ago finally found my gggrandmother,my name sake, found out her name had been misspelled,found this out thru her pension papers, I have been doing this for myself for over 30 yrs and still find new stuff all the time, Thanks for responding,

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    • sjulia wrote on :

      Here is an update of things my family has found since last posting.. The John Holliday I was looking for is buried at Camp Moore in Louisiana, We have found newspaper articles on him and been confirmed of his services and burial. As of last nite, I finally found some info on my 4th great grandmother and her previous marriage,, What I need now is info on John’s family in Ga. think Jones County. If you can help thanks,

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  20. Jerry wrote on :

    I concur with relativelycurious. The suggested sites of RAOGK and USGen Web (for Georgia) are excellent places to start. Also, post your questions about family searching on message boards at RootsWeb.com or GenForum.com under Georgia or the family name, if that board is listed.

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  21. BranchingOutGenealogy wrote on :

    I’ll be glad to give you 30 minutes of free research. Please contact me through my website, branchingoutgenealogy.com and I’ll see what I can come up with!

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    • sjulia wrote on :

      Hey thanks for responding, I will try and help you here, It will take a few days to get back here as I am working on other family trees for folks. again thanks

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  22. relativelycurious wrote on :

    You could try the USGen Web page for Georgia (http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gagenweb/). If you have specific requests, you might see who volunteers for what on Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (http://raogk.org/). You can also look up free records on FamilySearch.org. There are also several great free Georgia resources on the free Internet Genealogy toolbar under “Free” and then “US States” then Georgia. You can download it (free, no ads, no spyware) at http://relativelycurious.ourtoolbar.com.

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  23. rrjwj wrote on :

    I am glad to work with your budget. I can also help you find the information for yourself if you would like. Email me at: eserenetie@yahoo.com or call me. My website is http://genealogybyrachel.com Rachel

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  24. SuzanneMStewart wrote on :

    Hi, We run a genealogy business and have worked with all kinds of budgets from two hours of research up…. http://www.melickprofessionalgenealogists.com. Send us an email and we will see what we can do to help you.

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