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 ButtonThis week’s challenge for Tonia’s 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog is to write a list post. My post actually has 3 parts, as I try to link suspected fourth great-grandfather Joel Dixon to proven third great-grandfather Thomas M Dixon, both of Marengo County, Alabama.

In Part 1, I laid out my plan of attack. Unable to link father and son through census records (Thomas was already out of the house by the 1850 Federal Census), I decided to use a relative, in this case Thomas’ grandnephew, Floyd Milton Dixon (Joel’s great-grandson) to try to indirectly bring Joel and Thomas together. I had accidentally stumbled upon Floyd’s obituary, which described him as the last male descendant of his great-grandfather, Joel Dixon. If I could trace Floyd’s ancestry back to Joel, perhaps along the way I might connect Floyd to Thomas, which would then connect Thomas to Joel.

This was my plan.

In Part 2, I described my research findings as I examined the four generations between Joel Dixon and Floyd Milton Dixon. The relationships of Joel Dixon, Nicholas Floyd Dixon, William Floyd Dixon and Floyd Milton Dixon to each other have been proven satisfactorily. though not in great depth. (I only had a week, folks!)

The final step was to somehow connect the dots and prove that Joel Dixon was Thomas M Dixon’s father.

Was I successful?

At this time, the answer unfortunately is… no.

Although I have collected quite a bit of evidence to shore up and extend the Dixon branch of my family tree, I cannot in good faith claim Joel Dixon as my fourth great-grandfather. Not at this time. Though I do believe that Joel belongs in my pedigree, and the overall mountain of data certainly leans in that direction, I still need one document that can conclusively tie the two together.

Awaiting a package from the Marengo County courthouse….

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4 thoughts on “#31WBGB: Make List Posts Work for Your Genealogy Blog (Week 2, Part 3)

  1. Bravo, Ruth! I love the way you did three posts with this challenge, going from a research plan to a research summary to a conclusion. I love reading research stories, so this was right up my alley.


    1. Ruth Stephens says:

      Thank you! It was a lot of fun to write, though I wish it had a different ending… 🙂


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