- Captain Bill Strong
A controversial relative who fought for the Union in the Civil War. At home after the war, he led the "Red Strings" against local Klansmen. He was deeply involved in the "Bloody Breathitt" feuds, and was murdered by ambush in 1897. Includes an interview from the Louisville Courier-Journal published in 1879.
- Granville Pearl Noble Talks
A relative; interviewed at age 92 in 1939 as part of the WPA Writer's Program. Great-grandson of another of the original settlers of Breathitt County. His grandmother lived to the age of 113!
- Mattie L. Landrum: 1950 Funeral Notice
My father's aunt; I have been told that I look like her. Mattie was a career woman at a time when that was unusual: she worked as a court stenographer for Judge Grannis Back for many years, and she served as Secretary to Ky. Governor Simeon Willis during World War II. She died from complications of phlebitis after turning her ankle in a pothole while leaving a movie theatre in Louisville. She never married.
- The Pan Handle Purchase, by Blanche Haddix Landrum (my mother)
- Recollections of Breathitt
J. Green Trimble's book, online in its entirety!
- Sheriff Carl Back Names Deputies
(mentions my grandfather, Arthur Haddix)
- Tom Haddix Recalls
A relative, b. 1861; interviewed circa 1938 as part of the WPA Writer's Program. Grandson of one of the original settlers of Breathitt County.
- Dozens of Cousins, by William O'Connor
The book is out of print but is available on CD.
- Appalachia in Children's Literature
"The area is rich is folklore and has been the setting and inspiration for many good books for young people. With upper grade students we can approach our study geographically, economically, sociologically, historically and, of course, through the literature from and about the area."
An interesting "webbing" approach to studying the region...
"An arts and education center in Whitesburg, Ky., begun in 1969 as part of the Federal War on Poverty Program... Today, Appalshop services and productions reach millions."
- Appropriating Appalachia:
Southern Hillfolk in the American Mind, 1884-1941
An excellent article about struggles with culture and identity.
- Blue People of Troublesome Creek -
"The story of an Appalachian malady, an inquisitive doctor, and a paradoxical cure." (Fugate... ?)
- Highlander Center
My visit to Highlander in 1973 was an introduction to grassroots social activism. Through a college sweetheart, John Arms, I was introduced to Buck Maggard, Mike Clark, James Branscome, Myles Horten, Guy and Candie Carawan, Granny Hager, and others involved in civil rights issues affecting Appalachia. (In earlier decades, Highlander influenced the likes of Jane Addams, Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Pete Seeger.) Heady stuff for a young girl!
- Mysterious Melungeons
(Bowling/Bolling, Campbell, Sizemore... ?)
- Religion in Appalachia
My great-great-grandfather, Reuben Washington Landrum, was a Methodist circuit rider with a flowing white beard. He left his home in Clark County to take the word of salvation into the mountains of eastern Kentucky, and spent his life there. His son, Reuben Samuel, fought with Morgan's Men and in Kentucky's Orphan Brigade during the Civil War. Reuben Samuel named his son (my grandfather) Albert Sidney, in honor of Albert Sidney Johnston, the second ranking general in the southern army.
A premium commercial site, but lots of free stuff.
If you need a genealogy link, it's here. THE source.
Free downloads for genealogy charts and forms; useful relationship chart.
Site of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons)
National Archives and Records Administration
New archival research catalog online Sept. 16, 2002
Resources for Learning in Scotland
Browse the National Library and National Archive of Scotland, and more...
Over 150,000,000 names online
US Army Center of Military History
Free screensavers and wallpapers to download.
A FEW LINKS FOR GENEALOGISTS