Hugh at 67 in 2015 was late in coming to genealogy but not to research. It is now a passion that in 2017, lead to the creation of the Barnes-Oxford Genealogy Research Foundation, Inc. The foundation is a 501(c) corporation. The Foundation maintains a genealogy and history website
In order to improve the ability for articles on the website to get found in a Google search, Hugh has become skilled in Search Engine Optimization (SEO). He now teaches it at a nearby community college and has a consultancy. The website's articles occasionally appear ahead of Ancestry.com, Wikitree and Find A Grave.
Genealogy has become an obsession as was now his abandoned interested in Republican Party politics. Hugh was a member of what was known as the Old Guard. It is exemplified by his great grandfather a Wilkes County North Carolina Baptist minister who donated a horse to the Union Army [Barnes-7607]. He is working on an e-Book on the Old Guard and will populate Wikitree with many of its former leaders.
The greatest person who influenced Hugh's life and instilled a strong sense of family values was his maternal grandfather Hugh Blair Oxford [Oxford-194]. Without Papaw, he would not have been the first person on either side of his family to attend college. He is a 1970 graduate of Appalachian State University. Following in Papaw's footsteps, Hugh is a newly elected Baptist Deacon.
Wikitree and DNA cousins have opened many doors for Hugh. The website in addition to genealogy will become a prime source for the history of the NC Foothills. The index to Lenoir Family Papers a collection dating from 1770-1940 will be exclusively available there. The papers cover details in the life of General William O. Lenoir a major player at the Battle of King Mountain and many of his descendants. General Lenoir was a Whig and refused three-time to run as their candidate for Governor. Hugh's early Barnes's were planters and Jeffersonian-Democrats.
He has discovered a new collection of source documents dating back to the late 1700’s that will be scanned and placed on the website. They are available nowhere and are of significant historical value.
Hugh is honored to be one of several Profile Manager for both his Barnes [Barnes-1145] and Oxford [Oxford-205] immigrants which are both Protected Profiles. Although low in rank, he is also proud that his Barnes grandfathers Brinsley and Solomon and Brinsley sons account for 7 Revolutionary War Patriots. When Brinsley's son-in-law’s are taken into account, that increases Revolutionary War Patriots to 9.
Hugh teaches genealogy at a community college. He is uncompromising in his desire for through sourcing and two Smith members of Wikitree Ellen [Smith-62120] and Jillaine [Smith-32867] along with Vincent Piazza [Piazza-75] and Robin Lee [Lee-5956] set the standard that he hopes to follow.
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On 8 Nov 2017 at 22:44 GMT Stephanie (Gray) Carmon wrote:
Its just nice to try and connect other profile of the individuals. I personally think it makes researching them a little easier when multiple people are working on the same person. Especially when new information is found and added.
On 28 Oct 2017 at 02:00 GMT Tom Barnes wrote:
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On 7 Sep 2017 at 22:02 GMT Sue (Runnells) Berryhill wrote:
I do have dates etc for Eliphalet Crouch, which I will get to you, sometime. It's exciting to find some of the ancestors are already on WikiTree! And yes, Lynette, is great. She's already been very helpful to me. Sue
On 5 Sep 2017 at 19:49 GMT Ros Haywood wrote:
[this is in response to the message you left on my profile] My TNG website is http://www.murch.org
On 28 Aug 2017 at 03:26 GMT Mikaela (Gober) Renz-Whitmore wrote:
If it's something only I can do, maybe you can point me to instructions?
Again, my apologies.
On 27 Aug 2017 at 22:24 GMT Denise Johnson wrote:
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On 20 Jul 2017 at 17:20 GMT Paula J wrote: