I was born a military brat just prior to the baby boomer generation, my family traveled according to the dictates of the USAF until I was an adult. My father was from the deep south but returned from Africa and was assigned to the "Ferry Command" in Long Beach, CA where I was born. I could never answer the questions "where are you from and who are you people?" Thanks to my father, who never returned to the south, he took photos and films of our life and took us back to the south to meet our "grands" as we got older. He also, from CA, organized a huge Breece reunion in Cumberland County, NC in 1978 where I learned I indeed was "someone" from "somewhere." In 1993, I met a genealogy mentor who taught me the joy of the search for all our surnames.
I became interested in genealogy in 1993 first with the Hough surname from a DAR membership application given me by an uncle. I spent a year researching until I found a mentor who chopped off the first three generations without a by your leave. Over the years, Dr. Granville W. Hough and I became friends and he taught me the importance of accuracy and evaluation of records - his admonition was always "Read it for yourself." We glean more insight as we re-study even the same records, and dig deeper than indices. I have been following his course ever since.
My focus has been on the small HOUGH branch from John Hough and Hannah Worthington of England and PA. Two of their sons migrated to NC; Daniel Hough and Joseph Hough and, soon after, a nephew, Daniel Hough who married Judith Hartley followed. Descendants of Daniel primarily migrated to the, then, Northwest territory and Joseph to the south and southwest.
Published works have been available since at least the 1930s, at time when first hand research was the norm as family tradition and local primary documented evidence. WikiTree follows this value as did early family history researchers; today we are fortunate to have a good deal of history digitized; but, it will never all be on the internet.
20th Century Recognized Family Hough/Huff Historians
After my initial experience with HOUGH-HUFF I moved on to my maternal great grandfather's line, beginning with James McManus an early colonial settler who died in Anson County, North Carolina in 1762.
Dale McManus is a major ally with whom I have been collaborating since 1997. He is responsible for the early Colonial military and eastern seaboard research, without which, little would be known of our history.
Our library is extensive but we have not published and believe Wikitree to be the best internet website for high genealogical standards. We co-administer a small McMANUS_SE FTDNA Project, results of which, match yDNA members to our paper-trail.
My experience with research is good. My e-experience is beginner! I'm glad to be a part of WikiTree and look forward to collaborating with others of the same values.
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