Vi Parsons

Vi Parsons

Vi Parsons has a life-long passion for history, travel and teaching. As a teen, she taught children’s classes at church. About that time, she began her pursuit of genealogy, when she questioned her parents about her deceased ancestors. She became seriously involved in family history research with the birth of her first grandchild.. These combined interests merged into a joyful journey of studying and teaching genealogy.She received accreditation from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah for her studies in Beginning Genealogy. She was awarded a certificate in American Genealogy from the National Genealogical Society of Virginia.Vi volunteered for the Dragoo Family Association for fifteen years. She documented her Dragoo ancestors to France and England in the 1600s, published books on her Dragoo family history, the Dragoo Cemetery of Marion County, West Virginia, and her great great grandfather, The Legendary Indian Billy Dragoo. Vi co-authored Double Take, a book of short stories of childhood memories. Vi and her twin Violet C. Moore are the creators of Carr Twins & Co.

Chasing Rabbit Trails

Spring is in the air and lazy days of summer are in the immediate future.  My thoughts wander as I view fresh flowers sprouting and buds appearing on the trees.  In genealogy lessons, instructions are to create a research plan, stay focused and be diligent.  While I agree, when spring fever arrives I find it difficult to follow rigid schedules.  During my online searches from home and in research travels, I allow thirty minutes or so for...

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The Importance of Family Bibles in Genealogy Research

Thoughts of a Family Bible usually portray an image of a large heavy leather-covered book. They were sold in stores, available from mail order catalogs and offered by door-to-door salesmen. Even non-religious families may have owned a family Bible. The major selling factor was the “Records” or “Register” section, usually located in the center or between the Old and New Testaments. When the Bible was purchased or received as a gift, these pages were blank, waiting for...

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The Genealogy Generation Gap

Growing up in a small town in the 1950’s, the generation gap meant that old folks didn’t understand teenagers.  When I became seriously involved in genealogy research, I realized that some researchers also misunderstand the ‘Genealogy Generation Gap’. I asked a genealogical society group this question. “How many years are in a generation?" Answers ranged from 20, 25 or 30 years.  The correct answer could be: some, all or none of the above. A generation is the number of years...

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You are Number One on the Pedigree Chart

The Pedigree or Ancestral Chart is a summary of your family at a glance.  It contains basic information about each maternal and paternal generation of your family.  Whether you are just beginning your family history or reviewing your research, your pedigree chart is the guide to your family tree. For beginners, it is helpful to print and complete the form(s) manually before entering the data in a genealogy software program.  Filling out the form uniformly will enhance...

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Genealogy Begins at Home

It’s a new year and you have a new hobby—genealogy. The first question a new researcher asks is, “Where do I begin?” Answers may range from Internet subscription sites, purchasing computer software or employing a professional researcher. Those are all good answers, but genealogy begins at home. You may be surprised by how many documents and ephemera you have already accumulated. Birth, marriage and death certificates may be tucked away in your desk or a file cabinet....

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Changing Mourning Customs

In Colonial America mourning was simple; no special clothing and no elaborate meals or wakes. When a person died, the family buried them simply and with little ceremony. During the early 1800s, when a death occurred, a carpenter was asked to build a coffin.  The deceased was dressed in a shroud and laid out at home for viewing by family and friends.  A brief funeral service was held and the burial done as soon as possible. When...

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