Lois Brett Marsh Sims: Hard and Soft in a Tiny Package

Finishing up my posts on Women in the Florida panhandle for Women's History Month, I would like to introduce you to my paternal grandmother.  My Florida panhandle ancestors go back to around 1820, but that is on my Mom’s side of the family. My Dad’s Florida lines began moving into Florida around 1848 and that … Continue reading Lois Brett Marsh Sims: Hard and Soft in a Tiny Package

The Challenge of Holmes County Family History Research

Introduction I, like a number of other native Floridians, have ancestors who helped settle Holmes County, Florida. It is a difficult county to research in. As I mentioned in my post of 8 January 2018, the early moving county boundary lines for the area that would become Holmes County in 1848 makes it a challenge … Continue reading The Challenge of Holmes County Family History Research

The Intimate Connections Between South Alabama and Northwest Florida

When I was growing up, I would occasionally hear the following observations: 1) Central and South Florida are suburbs of New York (and sometimes Cuba), and 2) the Florida panhandle is lower Alabama (L.A.). Usually, it was folks from the opposite area taking a pot shot at the other part. Folks in the panhandle, to … Continue reading The Intimate Connections Between South Alabama and Northwest Florida

Brick Walls in Your NW Florida Family History

When I’m out talking to groups about my books on Northwest Florida, I almost always have at least one person come up and start talking about one of their brick walls. It is just natural for family historians to get around to commiserating about their research brick walls. If you do genealogy, you likely have … Continue reading Brick Walls in Your NW Florida Family History

Pensacola & Disease Outbreaks: the 1905 Yellow Fever Outbreak & the 1918 Influenza Pandemic

When we look at life in the past versus today, we can see advantages and disadvantages in comparing the early 20th century with the early 21st century. Hurricanes are in both periods but in the early 20th century they often didn’t know where or when they would strike or how strong they would be. Regardless … Continue reading Pensacola & Disease Outbreaks: the 1905 Yellow Fever Outbreak & the 1918 Influenza Pandemic