Presenter: Barry J. Ewell Presentation: Barry J. Ewell shares a personal and inspiring research experience he had learning about the Martin/Willy Handcart Company and Hunt Wagon Train during his journey as a genealogist shortly after the death of his mother.
Episode 4, entitled It’s Time to Start Your Genealogy Research of the Series Journey of Genealogist where Barry J. Ewell shares a few of his personal experiences as a genealogists.
Following the passing of my step-father, Mel Wagner, I desired to learn more about his family and linage. It took six months to locate a daughter from a previous marriage. She shared with me that she had hear that an “Aunt Katie” somewhere in Kansas had record of the family but she wasn’t sure how to locate her.
Episode 20, entitled Thirty days in the land of my fathers – part 7, Search for the Mullins/Ewell Home in Goochland, Barry J. Ewell shares a few of his personal experiences as a genealogist.
The next morning after I had picked up my wife and others from the Dulles Airport, we rose to begin our search the original lands owned by ancestors in the 1700’s in Goochland County. From my research in Salt Lake City and Goochland County, I knew where the families of Maxey Ewell and John Mullins had lived and the name of the town. The town did not exist on any map and we were not having any luck finding our direction. We had stopped a couple times to get directions but to no avail. Continue reading →
The Barry’s Story series provides a few of Barry J. Ewell’s personal experiences as a genealogists. The series will provide you inspirational stories that are reflective of the experiences all genealogists have at one time or another.
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Episode 1, entitled Tell the Children About Me of the Series Journey of Genealogist, Journey of Genealogist, Barry J. Ewell shares a few of his personal experiences as genealogists.
My journey began on August 3, 1998. Before I say anymore, I’d like to share with you a personal experience about how I began my journey as a genealogist.
I became a genealogist on August 3, 1998. That is the day my mother died. There were three events that would follow in the ensuing six weeks that would inspire me to begin a life focused on family history, sharing knowledge, and helping others.
Mom died from a horrific lymph node cancer. I had gathered with my brother and sister to discuss with my mother her desires for what we all thought would be several months of life and to help her put her affairs in order. She entered the hospital the first day of my arrival and died three days later.
Episode 3, entitled It’s Time to Start Your Genealogy Research of the Series Journey of Genealogist where Barry J. Ewell shares a few of his personal experiences as a genealogists.
It was 9#1:00 a.m. Sunday morning, Knoxville, Tennessee. I had driven just under 500 miles from Washington, DC the day before in order to meet John, a distant cousin. We were both decedents of Permitt Lee who had lived in the 1700’s. I descended through his daughter Sarah, and John descended through his son Sam. We had corresponded over the previous three months and agreed to meet.
Upon meeting each other, I presented John with a binder that all of the research I had on the Lee family, and he John provided his research on the Lee’s that stay in Knoxville area. Following a few minutes of discussion, we spend the next several hours touring the area learning more about the Lee family’s presence in the area then and now. Continue reading →
Episode 5, entitled On the Hill Side of Martins Cove of the Series Journey of Genealogist where Barry J. Ewell shares a few of his personal experiences as a genealogists.
I had gone to Wyoming to participate in a genealogy conference in Sheraton, Wyoming. On the drive up from Salt Lake City on Friday, I passed the Mormon Handcart Visitors’ Center at Martin’s Cove a memorial and exhibit recording the tragic circumstances of two handcart companies. Leaving late in the summer, they encountered bad weather, exposure, and death in order to unite with the main body of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
This place had some signigance to me because my ancestral roots the Elias Jones family had been part of the horrific experience of 1856. Continue reading →