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 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.....
On 28 Jul 2018 at 17:00 GMT SJ Baty wrote:
Yes, I've been on a whirlwind these past 4 months, thanks for noticing ;-)
I've just opened the BORG Research Foundation and I'll have a look at it in bits over the evening and following days. You can never have too many sources and resources in history or genealogy.
Would I like to be added to Anne or Stephen Hobson's Trusted List? Yes, absolutely. Can't say I'll work on them today but they're on the radar.
thanks for the invite!
On 27 Jun 2018 at 17:45 GMT Rosetta (Helm) Link wrote:
On 16 Jun 2018 at 02:05 GMT Larry King wrote:
On 11 May 2018 at 17:52 GMT Abby (Brown) Glann wrote:
Anonomyzing a profile that old is never okay. If it incorrectly attached to a family line, disconnect it. Attach an Unknown Barnes instead. I was restoring what we would consider vandalism in the process of correcting errors the Admin Team was alerted to for private profiles that should not be.
On 10 Apr 2018 at 13:43 GMT Saundra Stewart wrote:
Of course you can improve the profile. I have no problem with it at all. And, I love photos and images on a profile. . . it gives it added dimension. Thanks for the added information Hugh. :)
On 2 Apr 2018 at 11:32 GMT Paula J wrote:
Never a bother! I am certain progress will be made as well.
On 19 Mar 2018 at 21:22 GMT Danelle (Smith) Schwertner wrote:
I got busy with life with three daughters in my house, and I haven't logged onto WikiTree in about a year...however I logged on today and saw a message from you from February of last year. It turns out we are related - I do have Brinsley Barnes in my family tree. My great uncle has done a lot of genealogy research, and I have a copy of it in PDF form with all the info he has.
Anyway - I think it is very neat that we are related.