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I am a genealogist with a degree in American History.  I understand how history and genealogy can collaborate to produce new historical knowledge.  Truthful, ethical, and  peer-reviewed genealogy primarily based on original records is an essential tool in any scholar's toolkit. As a Historical Genealogist my goal is to illustrate how professional genealogical research is a key historical discipline. I love stories about regular people engaged in life-changing historical events. 

My specialties include 

  • Colonial America & the Civil War 

  • Estates & Heir Searching

  • Lineage Societies

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Video gallery of events that highlight our lesser known ancestors and their contributions to American History:

Civil War Soldier Rev. Burris H. McCain

Civil War Soldier Rev. Burris H. McCain

February 12, 2022 4:00 p.m. Marietta City Cemetary, Marietta, Georgia The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) in collaboration with the Marietta History Museum discovered that Rev. Burris H. McCain was a Civil War Soldier. His pension record states he was enslaved by Robert McCain of Jacksonville, Calhoun County, Alabama. Burris joined his son Harrison McCain as his servant when the younger Harrison enlisted as a Confederate soldier. With the collapse of Vicksburg on July 4, 1863, Burris was captured by the U.S. Army and taken to Chattanooga, Tennessee. From there he found his way into the Illinois Battery where he served as a cook. He later enlisted with the U.S. Colored Troops (USCT). After his service Rev. Burris returned to the "Old Place" for about two years , presumably the old McCain plantation in Calhoun County, Alabama. He married Mary Ryan in 1866. She died in 1872. Their union produced no children. In 1877 Burris married his second wife Amanda "Mandy" Strickland in Forsyth County, Georgia. They had nine children: Cathy, Maxwell, Almeda, Wilbur, Leo, Emma, Jesse, Willie and Lottie. In 1872 his family was living in Lithia Springs, Douglass County, Georgia. He joined the Methodist Episcopal church in 1877 and traveled the circuit as a preacher. In 1890 Burris McCain applied for his military pension in Fulton County, Georgia. In 1900 he applied for an increase due to additional disabilities. Despite his documented military service, Rev. McCain was not interred at Marietta National Cemetary. Instead is buried at nearby Marietta City Cemetary, on Confederate Blvd. Ceremony was attended by: Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War (DUVCW) Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic, Inc. (LGR) Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR). @LineageLogs 2023
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