It’s been a good couple of weeks since I’ve had an opportunity to post to this blog. So sorry about that. I’ve been so super busy. There’s lots going on behind the scenes though here at Dead Relative Collector Genealogical Services.
First off, I started taking classes at genealogicalstudies.com to help me better prepare to develop my portfolio and begin the processes (which are long and arduous) of obtaining my genealogical accreditation. The course I am taking is not difficult, in fact for an introductory course, it’s quite easy. But it IS LABOR INTENSIVE. There is a lot of information and a lot of reading to be done and then one has to be able to back up that information with the necessary skill sets taught throughout the courses.
I’ve also been working on sourcing my own personal research. Many years ago, as I’ve said previously in this blog, I did my research rather haphazardly. Something I now regret. Thankfully though, I do have my documentation and I can go back now and make right all that is wrong.
I’m also super excited to say that I have been able to break down a brick wall in my research on my father’s maternal line. My father’s mother Julia Catherine (Hackney) Mendenhall passed away on December 7, 1947 when she was only 23 years old and my father was just 3 years old. She is buried in an unmarked grave at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, in Pittsboro, Chatham Co, North Carolina. She died of Guilian -Barre syndrome. I received her death certificate from my grand – uncle a number of years ago. That said, I always wondered if there was anything more. Such as an obituary. I went seeking information on how I might locate an obituary by posting a query on a Facebook group page for Chatham County, North Carolina. Interestingly enough, I have a very dear friend and sister genealogist from the area in question and also a member on that search page. It had never occurred to me to ask her if she could help me locate the information I sought. But as is true fashion for my dear friend, she saw my query and offered to assist me. Within a matter of about ten minutes (if that) I had the information/obituary I have been looking for, for over twenty odd years.
I am super excited to be able to share this with you all now. Never give up hope and never stop searching. One never knows when one might find the information they are seeking.