Barbara Franklin

Seek, Find, and Surprise

June 05, 2017

In genealogy research, often a genealogist can feel like a finder-detective, because we search to seek and to find, and sometimes we find the unexpected rewards. Wanda and I have been researching a past relative with keen interest; during the process of researching him we found he had participated in the Spanish-American War (1898). A few months ago, we had the pleasure of finding a granddaughter of the ancestor we had been researching. Wanda and I visited the family members over this past weekend.

The family we met live next to Troublesome Creek, which runs through Knott, Perry, and Breathitt Counties, which runs into the North Fork Kentucky River, downstream. The granddaughter, her sisters, and extended families, live one mile outside of Hindman, in Knott County. Hindman's population is currently at 710.

Hindman is nestled between two mountain sides. The town and the homesteads are in a row at the bottom baseline between the Mountain. Picture in your mind a mountain, creek, timber, and then homesteads on one side of the road, then on the other side of the road there are more homesteads in a row, more timberland, and then the base of the mountain. Just breath-taking beautiful.

We saw parts of Hazard, Campbell, Wolfe, and Breathitt counties. Wanda and I were taken to the gravesite to reveal to us the military headstone at the head of our ancestor’s grave. In addition, we were allowed to take pictures of many of our ancestors that are interred in the same private cemetery.

In conclusion, Wanda and I searched and found ancestors that are extensions of our family in addition to obtaining valuable genealogy data. The best part? We found each other and are at the beginning of a continued family relationship. Thank you, Mary.

Barbara and Wanda

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