Wednesday, November 28, 2012

George Washington Burnes & Sarah Walker Burnes Portraits

Okay, I can't bottle my excitement any longer. Portraits DO exist, and my 6 year search is over. Presenting... George Washington BURNES, & Sarah Walker BURNES my Great, Great, Great Grandparents. 13 children, married 55 years, Christian, 700 acre farm, Hope Indiana, Norristown Cemetery. A HUGE Thank you for this photo goes to Gary Ziegler, my 4th cousin from Indiana!  It's so great to finally see their faces 6 years after I first discovered them. Thanks to facebook and the internet, my distant cousins are finding each other and communicating. GENEALOGY IS TRULY AMAZING!!!

There's finally a face to his name, George Washington Burnes my GGG-Grandfather

"Connect The Dots" -Sarah

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Power of Facebook. Guess Who I found?

Facebook isn't just for Social Networking! In fact, this powerful platform with more than 900 million users has helped me to connect with many people, including distant cousins. Yes, Facebook is awesome for more than one reason!!

As I began on my family history adventure, I was learning more about my heritage than I could ever imagine. After only one year of extensive research, I traced my lineage back 7 generations, which was quite the conquest, considering that I didn't know my paternal grandfather (father's, father), or anything about him. After discovering that my Great, Great, Great Grandparents, George Washington Burnes & Sarah Walker Burnes had settled in Hope, Indiana I was anxious to get out there. So, I booked a flight to Indianapolis, Indiana and left on May 18, 2007. After a successful trip of meeting family and transcribing headstones, my knowledge of my heritage had increased, and I felt closer to my ancestors.

Many of siblings have joined Facebook, but a few have not embraced the Facebook phenomenon. So I did a search for my brother JAMES BURNES, and the first person to show up was someone who resembled my brother, with the same name and spelling, but lived over 2,000 miles away; in Indianapolis, Indiana. The city he lived in was a clue that we could be related, so I wrote him a message and guess what I found out?

Here's the screenshot from our first conversation on Facebook:

As you can see, from our conversation above, we discovered we are 5th cousins, which means we share the same Great, Great, Great Grandfather; George Washington Burnes. From our connection, we have acquired many photographs and details about our ancestors that we never knew existed. More importantly, we have "CONNECTED THE DOTS" and our family continues to grow.

Give it a try!!
Start searching for distant cousins on Facebook!!

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Original Fishing License of William & Ruth Burnes

I found a TREASURE!! In my home, I have my grandpa's old tackle box with old hooks, bobbins and weights, but I had no idea there was something more valuable inside; their original fishing license. This very small piece of paper that was folded inside a 1"x 2" fishing tag contained more information than I could imagine. I had no idea my grandpa was only 5'7"; crazy! Here's the copy of the original fishing license and tags:

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