Most Wanted List

I'm a jumper when it comes to my research: I jump from family to family, doing a little research here and there before hitting a wall, pounding against it for a few days, and moving on if it doesn't break down.  Here are a few of my brickwalls that I keep jumping back to and have been unable to break down.

Most Wanted Ancestors:
  • Parents of Richard T Smith
    • Richard was born on either 2 Jan 1829 or 11 Feb 1830, depending on the document. He was born in Georgia, probably in present day Metro Atlanta's Cobb, Milton, Fulton or Rockdale County. According to his death certificate, his parents were George Smith and Mary Lane. I have been unable to find any reference to this couple.
  • Parents of Amelia Parrish
    • Amelia is my youngest brickwall ancestor. Likely born in 1857 in Edgefield County, SC, she married twice. Her second husband, William Britt, was twice her age, born around 1820. A woman I believe to possibly be Amelia's sister, Missouri Parrish, was married to William's son. Twisted... 
  • Parent's of Willis Craft
    • I think everyone tends to feel a bit closer to their direct surname ancestry. My direct paternal line can be traced to Willis Craft of Elbert County, GA, born in 1809. According to the internet, his parents might be John Craft and Mary Moss of North Carolina. So far, I haven't seen any documents to prove this.
Most Wanted Documents:
  • 1900 Census listing for Leverett Waters
    • Leverett was born in Cobb County, GA in 1881 and never appeared in a census with his parents. In 1900 his mother had remarried and is shown living with her second husband without her children from her first marriage. Leverett was married in late 1900, and his wife is shown living with her parents that year's census. I'm not sure that Leverett's 1900 census would provide me much information, but it's rather annoying not having it.
  • WWII Draft Cards & Classifications
    • I'm very interested in obtaining WWII Draft Cards and Classifications for my direct ancestors. I sent off for my maternal grandfather's records and it turned into a big hassle. I was communicating with the local archivist who didn't seem to grasp why I wanted these records and kept trying to under-sell me. In the end I was told the classification could not be found, but did receive a copy of the Draft Card. I'd like to continue searching for these documents for my other Grandfathers and Great-Grandfathers.


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