Sunday, February 27, 2011

My Quest - Revealed

Hello, Dear Ones! Well, I've put up a few posts in the last week but I haven't shared with you yet why I took a break. Why I was on a quest.

I'll bet you thought I would come back and show you a
piece of furniture I redid.

Or maybe I had rearranged a room?

Embroidered something pretty with my most dainty fingers?

Or maybe I went on a trip to somewhere wonderful?

Maybe I sewed up some more pillows?

Sorry if I disappoint but my quest had nothing to do with that.

You see I started thinking about my ancestry.

Grandparents, great great grandparents and beyond.

More than just genealogy, but searching for my ancestors who fought
in the War Between the States.

Mr. Precious is a member of the Sons of the Confederacy and
even the Sons of the American Revolution.
I knew since I'm from the deep south (Alabama) I just had to have
some Confederate soldiers in my lineage.
So therefore ~ My Quest ~ which takes time.

Now I've been working on my genealogy for over ten years and have quite a lot of info
~ eight notebooks and some file folders bursting at the seams.
I was needing to get my info updated and search for my confeds and my Revolutionaries.

See? Well, it looks a bit of a mess but I'm really quite organized with my hard work.

I have my lines all organized into notebooks.

I used the program Family Tree Maker to type all of my info into and then I can print out the pages and it looks very nice and is easy to read. I also add pictures when I have some.

Well, Dear ones, I'm thrilled to tell you I have found nine Confederate soldiers and two Revolutionary soldiers! Now I have to trace them through the family lines down to me!
So I'll continue to work finding birth certificates, marriage licenses and census reports
then hopefully one day I can tell you I've applied to a chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Here's a tin type photo of my little family we had made in Opryland way back in the middle 70s. Those are not real guns! I didn't want you to think I'd let my children play with real guns! No no Nannette! But honey, did I ever tell you I could shoot a fly off a bee's head?
Yes, ma'am I can!! :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~


I wish I was in the land of cotton,
Old times there are not forgotten;
Look away! Look away! Look away, Dixie's Land!
In Dixie's Land where I was born in,
Early on one frosty morning,
Look away! Look away! Look away, Dixie's Land!

Then I wish I was in Dixie! Hooray! Hooray!
In Dixie's Land I'll take my stand, to live and die in Dixie!
Away! Away! Away down South in Dixie!
Away! Away! Away down South in Dixie!
~ sung by me!


  1. Hi Shelia! I see some Georgia folks in your lineage! I also have Confederate soldiers in my family. One was a guard at Andersonville prison when he was just 16 years old! However, I wasn't the one who did the legwork tracing them all! You deserve a big congrats for all of the hard work! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

  2. Aha! What a wonderful quest! So fascinating!
    I'm so pleased to know what quest you've been on.
    Have a wonderful week, Shelia!

  3. Genealogy is my passion and I'm always thrilled to see someone else with the same love for family history and research. It truly is a labor of love... and so much work! But it will always be appreciated. Kudos to you!!
    Ladybug Creek

  4. Sheila! Wow... a) your notebooks and research look a lot like mine! b) I've also been doing genealogy for more than ten years! c) I also have at least one Revolutionary "patriot" in my line, and have completed my application for DAR... still waiting to assemble the application fee - LOL and d) I also recently 'dug my heels in' and set about to solve some lingering mysteries. As I'm sure you know, this usually only leads to more mysteries! Enjoy your journey, and thanks for sharing it!

  5. Wow, Sheila, way to go! I've been working on something related to the past too ... not a family tree, but it has to do with stories. Both blogging and stuff like that takes a lot of time.

    Good for you; we all missed you, but that work is very important!

    Have a wonderful week,


  6. Wow, you have done an amazing amount of work, Shelia. Good luck with the continued quest. ;-)
    ~ Sarah

  7. Wow, Shelia, that is amazing!! Funny, but I think our posts could kind of go together! There is nothing like connecting to family. I now think of so many things I wish I had asked my grandparents and great grandparents when they were alive. Thanks for stopping by and for your well wishes for my mom:-)

  8. I know how much work that is. I work on my mom's side often, but then I quit for a while. It is very time consuming....keep at it....I love that kind of thing!!

  9. Than you are forgiven Miss Shelia.
    That is so great of you to do all this work.
    I ADORE your sweet pic of your family. You look smashing. I can see your smiling eyes through that grin, lol.
    Love You
    Love Claudie

  10. That is so awesome Sheila, and very exciting too. I can't wait for the continuation of this. Good luck!

  11. Hi Shelia, you must be so excited, i think this is going to be an wonderful adventure for you. All the best on your journey.

  12. That is so interesting Shelia! I love family history and thankfully different members of my family have done all the work for me! You have a very interesting history and I hope you can find some pictures and more stories to add to it. Have fun! Pam

  13. Hello dearest Shelia,
    It sounds like you have been on an interesting, as well as a worth while quest. Happy hunting!
    Your family photo from the 70's is so cute!
    Hugs, Cindy

  14. Wow! I'm so impressed. I love that you know WHO you are. I have no clue about myself. What a lot of work you have done, good luck!

  15. That is so neat. I am a grandaughter of the Confederacy. My Maw Maw's grandfather fought and is in a tomb in New Orleans. His picture is even in a mueseum there. My sister and I recieved a certificate years ago...hmmm maybe I should dig them out :)
    Have fun!

  16. Sheila, that is great that you are working on that. Ours needs to be updated. My grandparents had it done years ago. I am a descendant of Betsy Ross that sewed the first flag and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. I saw the name Powell on yours. My maiden name is Powell. I also see lots of Georgians there.

  17. Well how cool is that Miss Sheila!
    I love that kind of stuff!
    And that family pic is so darn cute!

  18. Dear Sheila, I can see you have had some hard work to do finding this awesome information of the history of your family. "You done good."

    We have a lot in common. My family on my mother's side came to America in the 1700 hundreds. On my dad's side too. Our family history is much like yours. We had a cousin in the Andersonville prison and he survived to tell some amazing stories. The Civil War times. Also the Revolutionary War before that. Except there is one big difference. My family were Yankees. Sigh. I have lived in the South since I was nine years though. I really enjoyed reading about your quest Shelia.

    My sister's party was wonderful and she loved every minute of the fun, food and most of all, her family and friends who attended. She ended up with lots of lovely gifts, lovingly given from a crowd of 34 people to help her celebrate being 70.

    Our cousin Pat was here for 10 days and we hardly ever get to see her. She was a surprise for Jane Anne's party. Bob (cousin) brought her here for the party and we took her home to Columbia, SC this morning. An eight hour round trip. I tried to watch the Academy Awards and slept through through most of it. Darn. As usual lately, I have had little time on my computer.

    Sorry this comment is so late but I am trying to catch up with everyone.
    Love, Jeanne

  19. Shelia,
    That family tree info is quite revealing and oh so interesting. That ability to shoot is in your lineage. First time I went out shootin', they threw a can in the air for me and with my rifle at my hip I shot it clean out of the sky. Dad claims that is his gene!LOL

  20. Time well spent on genealogy! Fascinating about the Confederate soldiers. Joni

  21. That is so great....I have several family members working on proud of you

  22. Sounds like an exciting project Sheila! Best of luck with your quest:@)

  23. Good for you! That's alot of work but it pays off big time, it will something you can pass down.

  24. Hi Shelia!
    I have been wondering about your whereabouts!
    You have done a great deal of research and I hope that you find what you are looking for.
    My neice is currently doing this on my Dad's side of the family.
    Um, I knew there was more to you than that dainty little smile and pretty face....a regular Oakley Annie you are!!!


  25. How exciting! I love that sort of thing. Tracing where you came from and who you came from is so interesting.
    My nephew is working on ours.
    Love things about the Civil War and history.
    Good to have you back.

  26. Well I sure have missed you but oh my goodness, how wonderful what you;ve been doing is. I love geneology and would love to do it for myself and my kids..
    I cant wait to hear all about your ancesters.


  27. Shelia, That is a wonderful quest to be on. Finding ones ancestors is a beautiful journey. I do a lot of Family History. I am a Daughter of The American Revolution. And I am very proud of it. It is a job getting all the documents to become an official member of the organization, but it is well worth it. My husband is also a son of the Civil War but he was on the Union side. . . It is just fascinating when you delve into your history. I am so proud of you. Good luck, and if there is anything I can do to help you along the way please let me know. Hugs, Karie

  28. I'm a genealogy nut myself (and the only one in the family) so I fully understand your quest. It takes tons of time to organize and research. Congratulations on finding members of your family. How exciting! The thrill of the hunt is one thing, but to actually FIND a treasure is like frosting on the cake.

    Yeah. I'm thrilled for you!


  29. Fun! My hubby is a reenactor and we both know "our people." It's fun and the next generations will be glad you did this for them!

  30. Hi Sheila, How very interesting!! I'm glad you shared with us what you have been up too. I also have a strong interest in my background and those who walked before me in my family. Looks like you have made much progress and I'm happy you shared some of this with us.

    Oh your last line is such a hoot...typical Sheila..always making me smile! :)


  31. I just knew we were kindred souls...Southern sisters or GRITS!!! I admire your patience and diligence!!!
    Have a wonderful week researching!!!

  32. You've made me realize how spoiled I am. I have a devoted cousin who did all of the work for me!

    I'm famous! Yep, Jim Bowie is an ancestor of mine.

    Please . . . no autographs!

  33. Good for you. I'm in the DAR. Of course, we are sisters.♥

  34. That is a lot of work, Shelia! Congratulations on finding the information. My great aunt traced my maternal family back to Wales. I have a Revolutionary soldier in my ancestry who fought at the Battle of Cowpens and the story of how he came to be there is a good one. This battle was shown in The Patriot. I visited the battlefield and I cannot tell you how eerie it was. Very interesting.
    I love that you are making this journey. It is amazing finding out about our ancestors.
    We have a county in Missouri named for one of J's ancestors on the French side of the family. He served in the first legislature of our state.
    I've never pursued applying for the DAR.

  35. Well now that I know that I will watch what I say!
    Sounds like an interesting project!

  36. My great great grandfather was in the Confederate army and drove the artillery wagon. He was present at Gettysburg and his unit fired their cannons in support of pickets charge. Good luck with the UDC. I tried getting in here in Va but the ladies are very old (I mean old) and weren't organized or very active at all. I was sorta dismissed. Oh well. I'm still a daughter of the Confederacy.

  37. WOW how cool is that!!!!!
    I love stuff like this!!!

    Shoot a fly off a bee's head.........So can my Mom!!! Not kidding!


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