Ruth's Genealogy

“I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.” -Abraham Lincoln

31 Weeks ButtonTonia over at Tonia’s Roots has started a 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog weekly challenge for improving your genealogy-related blog.

This week’s challenge is to create a list post:

List posts are those that simply utilize a numbered set of items to illustrate a main idea.

The most obvious subject for a list post in a genealogy-related blog would be surnames/locations. Or possibly a “genealogist’s toolbox” of useful sites and software. Or maybe even a “how-to” for finding an elusive ancestor…

…finding an elusive ancestor!

I believe Joel Dixon to be my fourth great-grandfather, the father of my already-established third great-grandfather Thomas M Dixon of Marengo County, Alabama. I have linked Thomas conclusively to me through census, marriage records and burial data. But, although I’m pretty sure that Joel is Thomas’s dad, I haven’t been able to directly tie the two men together. How can I “connect the dots?”

  1. Search laterally- find a sibling or other family member of Thomas that I can connect directly to Joel, then connect Thomas to Joel through the third person. (To this end, while searching GenealogyBank for any mention of Joel or Thomas Dixon in Alabama newspapers, I came across an obituary for Floyd Milton Dixon of Dixons Mill*, Marengo, Alabama, described as the last male descendant of his great-grandfather, Joel Dixon. So this guy had to be a great-great (?) nephew of Thomas M Dixon! Floyd’s grandfather and Thomas would have been brothers. Ok, let’s see if I can document Floyd back to Joel, then somehow connect him to Thomas.)
  2. Document the third person’s ancestry- Research Floyd Milton Dixon’s life, his father’s life and then his grandfather’s life, hopefully, eventually placing the grandfather in the home of Joel. (This task is made a bit easier since these are all male descendants.)
  3. Connect the dots- Link Thomas M Dixon to Joel Dixon through Floyd Milton Dixon.


*Dixons Mill was named in honor of Joel Dixon in 1858, who established a water mill on Mill Creek.

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