We Forgot Our Roots!


So Bill was cleaning out the garden a couple of weeks ago and found this! A carrot that we forgot we planted.  Maybe it was because Thanksgiving was around the corner but we both thought it looked like the rump of the ‘free’ turkey I earned by buying about $350 worth of groceries.

I suppose the lesson that applies is that it’s easy to forget what we plant, but our roots will remind us who we are or in this case, what we look like!



The WHOLE William & Mary HOPKINS Family

This picture was found on find-a-grave.com  (awesome site).  I shared it via e-mail a week or so ago but wanted to include it in the site. It’s such a lovely portrait of the family. It was taken about 1896.

From Left to Right:

Front RowJames Elmer HOPKINS , Cassie Lee HOPKINS (He died at age 22).

Middle Row – Mary Elizabeth COCHRAN/HOPKINS  holding Della Camilla HOPKINS, William Claiborne HOPKINS  (sheriff of Union City) holding Lillie Mae HOPKINS

Back Row – Artie Abigail HOPKINS, George Thomas HOPKINS, William Wright HOPKINS, Laura Bell HOPKINS

New Website About Our Family History

Welcome to this new website ‘My Kindred Tree’.  Bill and I have started it to record and share our family histories.  The plan is to include our pedigrees of those who came before us which include the surnames:  HOPKINS, DEAN, LINN, BARKER, HOLDER, BURKHALTER, DENTON, INGLETT.  There will be more.

We also want to include stories and pictures.  This is a way to share the information we have and help bring history alive.  We would like to include input from family members that are interested and want to share accurate information.

Make sure to contact us at mykindredtree@gmail.com if you have an interest in contributing.  This is a new e-mail and we’ll try to remember to check it often. If we don’t get back to you as soon as you’d like, please e-mail us at gigdean@gmail.com

I have been involved with a genealogy class these past few weeks as well as taking a class on how to make websites.  This endeavor is the combination of the two experiences.  With Christmas coming up, it may take a couple of months to fully organize the site.  We really, really want involvement from family members as we develop.  Some of the ways we’re envisioning your help is :

  • to write your experiences with family history
  • write your own personal history (things you want to share with the world)
  • share photos you may have of relatives and ancestors
  • contribute what you learn from your own research
  • compile interesting data about your ancestors (where they lived, occupations, etc)
  • share stories

There are many more ways to contribute that I’m sure you’ll think of.  Please let us know.  Of course, any information about living relatives should only be shared with their permission, including pictures.

More later, Ginger