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 Managers 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 two nearby community colleges. 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 6 Oct 2018 at 11:29 GMT G Moore wrote:
On 29 Sep 2018 at 07:36 GMT Katie (Collins) Goodwin wrote:
It's nice to 'meet' you. I am slowly adding profiles to WikiTree, just haven't gotten to the Barnses yet. I will prioritize the line now. :) I think it is that Brinsley's line, yes, but the furthest back I can get with solid evidence is Brinsley Barnes m. Nelly Goble d. abt 1849. So many Brinsleys. I will join your list and keep you updated on my findings.
On 27 Sep 2018 at 05:21 GMT Jodi (Trogstad) Brennan wrote:
On 22 Sep 2018 at 21:14 GMT Kelly Barnes wrote:
I am a Barnes and have never gotten very far with my Barnes line. I have a bit of a brick wall at Peter Barnes and Sarah Carlin. I was wondering if you might have any leads on them? Thanks so much! Cheers, Kelly
On 23 Aug 2018 at 22:47 GMT Pamela Kinder wrote:
On 23 Aug 2018 at 12:01 GMT Pamela Kinder wrote:
On 22 Aug 2018 at 22:38 GMT Sue (Runnells) Berryhill wrote:
If I should find they connect to Brinsley Barnes, I will certainly let you know! And I have communicated with Lynnette Jester, she is a whiz!
On 20 Aug 2018 at 11:07 GMT Paula J wrote:
I am a actually improving and trying to get back to my duties but am still fighting fatigue.
Yes, that’s a good idea.
On 16 Aug 2018 at 02:37 GMT Sue (Runnells) Berryhill wrote:
On 16 Aug 2018 at 02:35 GMT Sue (Runnells) Berryhill wrote:
So, let me be sure I understand correctly: the 2 Hugh Barnes are DNA connections to you? Are they related to the Brinsley Barnes line, then? I just saw the profile for Barnes-15343 a bit ago, was amazed that someone has broken Margaret's wall! Also sad because that is in my mother's paternal line, and I can't tell her. Barnes-12769 is also my mother's line, but on her mother's side. We've known about him for years, that family was good about keeping records and passing them on. I'd played with the idea of "what if" my Hugh (b. 1773) was related to my husband's Brinsley family, but didn't really think because Barnes is a fairly common name. But you never know.....