ge·ne·al·o·gy [jee-nee-ol-uh-jee, -al-, jen-ee-] noun. 1. a record or account of the ancestry and descent of a person, family, group, etc. 2. the study of family ancestries and histories. 3. descent from an original form or progenitor; lineage; ancestry. 4. Biology . a group of individuals or species having a common ancestry.

Origin: 1250–1300; Middle English genealogie < Middle French < Late Latin geneālogia < Greek geneālogía pedigree, equivalent to geneā́ race (see gene) + -logia -logy - from Dictionary.com

Suspending the Surname Studies

I am stopping my weekly analysis of surnames and am now planning to restart my regular genealogy research. Presently, here is the schedule I am prepared to work on. Each week will have:

  • One day of research on my side of the family
  • One day of research on my wife’s side of the family
  • The return of Wordless Wednesday, with a photograph from my family history files.
  • Surname review - Top news stories and YouTube video for the Shovlins and the Angevines.

Any thoughts?

Son of Swift turned 1 today!
One year ago today, I followed the advice of Lisa Louise Cooke of the Genealogy Gems podcast and started my own genealogy blog. It allowed me to build a structured research plan, keep track of my results, and share them with the world.
So here we are, a year older, a year wiser. I know more now about my family, and was able to break down some long standing brick walls. I have been hesitant to get back into a structured plan like I did before, hence my surname studies lately.
365 days, 221 posts, 54 followers, dozens of new connections, hundreds of new family to explore.
Thank you all.

Son of Swift turned 1 today!

One year ago today, I followed the advice of Lisa Louise Cooke of the Genealogy Gems podcast and started my own genealogy blog. It allowed me to build a structured research plan, keep track of my results, and share them with the world.

So here we are, a year older, a year wiser. I know more now about my family, and was able to break down some long standing brick walls. I have been hesitant to get back into a structured plan like I did before, hence my surname studies lately.

365 days, 221 posts, 54 followers, dozens of new connections, hundreds of new family to explore.

Thank you all.

Break

I need to take a break from my research for a few days. I’m not sure when I’ll get back to Surname Studies, but I hope to do that soon. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns in the meantime, feel free to drop me a line @ seibhleain@gmail.com

Surname Studies: Roach, Day 1

And the volley is back to my side of the family with the Roach clan, the family of my paternal grandmother. I have had some interesting breakthroughs in the past year on this branch, and it has been the most enlightening of my entire tree.

Ancestry

There are 6,301,634 records on Ancestry, including:

  • 5,000+ Census & Voter Lists
  • 5,000+ Birth, Marriage & Death
  • 5,000+ Military
  • 5,000+ Immigration & Travel
  • 5,000+ Newspapers & Publications
  • 5,000+ Pictures
  • 5,000+ Stories, Memories & Histories
  • 5,000+ Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers
  • 5,000+ Schools, Directories & Church Histories
  • 5,000+ Tax, Criminal, Land & Wills
  • 5,000+ Reference, Dictionaries & Almanacs
  • 5,000+ Family Trees

Here is the Ancestry Family Page. The primary states to find this surname are Texas, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Massachusetts. In the UK, it is most common in Lancashire. In Scotland, it is most common in Lanarkshire.

FamilySearch

  • 1,325,869 results in Historical Records across 822 Collections.
  • 81,624 User Submitted Genealogies
  • 147 results in the FamilySearch Catalog
  • 4,123 results in Family History Books

WikiTree

There are 1,672 Roach’s on WikiTree.

The most recently updated Roach was Trudy A. Roach on June 30, 2014.

Irish Roots Cafe

The Irish Roots Master Index has the surname in over two dozen books, including The Families of Co. Clare, The Book of Irish Families great & small, and Irish Families on the California Trail.

Other

Starting the research into this name is poignant because of the recent passing of my Great Uncle, Robert Van Ducen Roach. He supported my research greatly and I gave added attention last year into researching the Van Ducen family in order to help him know the origin of his middle name.

Surname Studies: Huddleston, Day 5

Time to close out the Huddleston clan with a search of Social Media

Facebook

There are over 1,000 People on Facebook with the name Huddleston. The top results are friends with the name and friends of friends with the name.

There are over a dozen Huddleston Pages. Here are the top five:

  • Huddleston Deluxe, Sports & Recreation/Fishing (3,097) - no surprise there
  • Terry Huddleston Art, Community (858)
  • Huddleston Bolen, Law Practice (228)
  • Huddleston Elementary School, Public School (335)
  • Huddleston Real Estate (489)

There are several Huddleston Family Groups and one of interest, the Huddleston Online Yard Sale, a closed group with 476 members. There are no results under Apps, but under Events we have five:

  • Writing from Gesture with Cheryldee Huddleston (July 12th)
  • Funky Bone at Heath’s Waterfront, Huddleston, VA (June 28th)
  • Seth Huddleston’s Birthday Party (June 22nd) - Happy Belated Birthday, Seth!
  • Fay Huddleston Latin Masterclass (July 6th)
  • Benefit to assist Jason Huddleston and family (June 28th)

Google+

It looks like the standard 300+ people on Google+. There are no Communities and everything else is hard to quantify.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn has 5,414 total results for Huddleston, or so they say. This includes:

  • 5,420 people (see, already above the number they gave me)
  • Zero jobs
  • 21 companies, including the Huddleston Law Firm of Atlanta, Huddleston Jones Staffing and Recruiting, and Huddleston Bolen LLP.
  • Zero Groups
  • Zero Universities
  • One Post, about CEO’s using Social Media and referencing Rich Huddleston of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families.

Twitter

There are over 200 twitter feeds when I search for Huddleston, though they do give spelling variations in the results. The @huddleston handle is owned by Janet Huddleston, who is following 2 and has 6 followers. Her only tweet was in January 2009, where she commented that she just had breakfast and looked out the window. Fascinating stuff here.

About.Me

There are 50 Huddlestons on About.me, including some interesting visuals.

Now that’s a wrap for the Huddlestons. Next up is the Roach clan from my side of the family.