Saturday, August 25, 2012

My Genealogy Tree House

Building a tree house was always a challenge.  The neighborhood gang worked days on how one might go about getting an old dog house up to a branch some 6-8 feet off the ground.  It was an old oak tree with many firm looking branches, and would be an ideal location of a tree house.  After several days of trying, neighborhood kickball seem more practical and beneficial.

Needless to say, my genealogy tree house was a little more practical to build, and to climb.  Its branches are filled with family stories, family pictures, family memories, and much discovery.
The drawing above is my imaginary "genealogy" tree house.  You have to climb up the side using the rope ladder, but if you make it, you can climb out any of the branches.  In reality my blogs are the branches to my imaginary tree house, but they can be climbed at any time by the computer.  Just type in the "title" [subject], followed by, and there you have it.

Started July 7, 2010, the first branch is  Stories, stories, and more stories are there.  How I got started doing genealogy...where I got started...when I got started....etc., get the picture.

Started July 31, 2010, the results of more than 50 years of research into the JONES surname is presented in the blog:  Everything you wanted to know and were afraid to ask about the JONES surname. [Believe it or not, try it out.]

Starting August 8, 2010, a number of branches were added that had to do with some "how to's" for those who might have their own interest in starting some genealogy.  Blog spots called "ge-ne-al-o-gy" were written and can be climbed at:,, and  [For those just beginning their own tree climbing.]

Starting September 4, 2010, my interest in DNA and genealogy got to be utilized by trying to help the genealogist understand this complex subject.  My years as a physician, and my medical training, helped me put together a series of posts on DNA.  Of course, the focus is on the JONES surname.

Things would not be complete if those interested in the JONES surname would not be interested in Welsh genealogy.  This blog spot begins at the beginning of course. [December 13, 2010]

Other branches that have been added since 2010: [for those facing their "brick wall"]  August 6, 2011 [my favorite grandfather and his documents] Nov 4, 2011 [An index and description of my genealogy research.] July 6, 2012

Wow, there you have it...sort of.  Come climb around my tree house...genealogy for generations...the branches are firm.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Jones Genealogist Newsletter

In 1989, after some 30 years of tree climbing, starting a family newsletter seemed like a good idea.

 Little did I realize that some 22 years later all this blogging and posting would take over.  At any rate, The Jones Genealogist (Newsletter) was the beginning of many years of letting folks know about the JONES surname.

The figure above is a copy of the 10th year of publication.  Each year was bound and made available to those who might have an interest.

The figure above is an example of one page of the newsletter as it was published 1999.  Starting with the IBM-XT, then the IBM-AT, the newsletter took its own life so to speak.   The Wisconsin Historical Society maintained its subscription throughout the years, and pretty much has a complete file of the newsletter.  Hard copies of the originals [and duplications] are now located at the Joseph Wheeler Jones Memorial Library, Danville, KY.  It contains much of the genealogy research results of my first 30 years of tree climbing.  Some of the old copies are still available.  It is now an Internet world.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


My Dad tells me that he believes this picture to be that of his father, Joseph Wheeler Jones, and not that of his Grandfather, Edward Turner Jones.   Dad relates that Pap paw (Wheeler by some, and Jay by his sisters) was somewhat of a "card", "cut up", and liked to get in the picture.  He believes that this was one of those times when Pap paw wanted to show his view of life.  How he (Pap paw) ended up this service car is unknown. 

Can anyone tell the year of this Model-T?  It would appear to be a model made in the 1920s.  Well Pap paw, I guess the truth did come out and you got in this picture.  Let's call it TAXI II.