Sunday, June 22, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #147:
17 July 1990

by Rocky Macy

Any list of notables in the field of genealogy would have to include the EVERTON family of Logan, UT. Since 1947 the EVERTONs have published The Genealogical Helper, a quality magazine that is essential equipment for serious ancestor hunters. As a loyal subscriber to the Helper for over a decade, this columnist was duly impressed when he had the opportunity to visit briefly with the magazine's current president and publisher, George B. EVERTON, Jr., at a recent workshop sponsored by the Joplin Genealogical Society.

The EVERTON's Family Tree Climbing Can Be Fun workshops are conducted in numerous locations around the country each year. They are beneficial for the beginner and the advanced researcher. Mr. EVERTON's presentation began with an in-depth look at various ways to use The Genealogical Helper. This was followed by segments centering on proper note-taking skills, sources of information on immigration and emigration, ways to locate female ancestors, and unusual sources in genealogy. Those in attendance also had the opportunity to use various research aids created by the EVERTONs.

For information regarding subscriptions to The Genealogical Helper, please write to The Everton Publishers, P.O. Box 368, Logan, UT 84321. And don't forget to tell them that Rootbound sent you!

Ava Nell CHEEK (39 Tamworth Circle, Bella Vista, AR 72714) is seeking information on her great-grandmother, Eliza Jane MATHIS. Eliza was born around 1848 in Jefferson City, MO. She later lived near Joplin, MO, before moving to Hunt County, TX, where she married Francis Z. "Zack" TURNER in 1870. Eliza's parents were both born in Kentucky. She had an older brother called "Mike" and a younger brother named Dan. The name MATHIS was spelled "MATHEWS" on Eliza's marriage license, and some of the family eventually changed their names to MATHEWS. She and her husband both died in the 1920s near Merkel in Taylor County, TX. Do any of our readers have a knowledge of Eliza Jane MATHIS TURNER or her descendants?

Edith KELLER (7131 Kermore Lane, Stanton, CA 90680) wishes to correspond with anyone having information on her g-g-grandparents. He was John Wesley BIFFLE (born 20 Feb 1852, McDonald County, MO), and she was Rennie Louise BUCHANAN WALL of Texas. They met and married sometime after John moved to Oklahoma in 1900. Who can assist Edith with her search?

Charles W. GIVENS (21401 County Road G, Cortez, CO 81321) is tracking descendants of John GIVENS who was born in 1806 and died on 22 Aug 1885 in Sulphur Springs, Benton County, AR.

Rootbound has written to Charles W. GIVENS (address above) to inform him that there are three people with that surname buried in the Butler Creek Cemetery in McDonald County, MO, just north of Sulphur Springs. They are: Silas (11 Jan 1838 - 31 July 1855), Lora Lana (15 Feb 1814 - 28 Aug 1855), and George W. (3 Sep 1832 - Sep 1855). Were these people related to John? Why did they all die within a two-month time span? Rootbound and Charles W. GIVENS want to know!

Flea Market Find: Sometime before she married Mr. KING, Cora E. KELLY sat for a portrait photographer named DUNCAN in Pierce city, MO. The year would have been circa 1900. Rootbound has that beautiful photo and would love to return it to one of Cora's descendants. It will go to the first claimant to contact Rootbound in the Hills in care of this newspaper. Cora E. KELLY KING deserves to be reunited with her loved ones in the family album!

Do you have a "flea market find" that would be someone else's family treasure? Just let Rootbound know - and we'll get the word out!

Happy hunting!

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