Saturday, May 28, 2011

Alexander Collins

Alexander Collins was born in Scotland June 7 1867.  He was the son of John and ? Collins.  According to census records, Alexander was born in Scotland and both of his parents were born in Ireland.  I believe they probably immigrated to Scotland sometime between 1845 and 1852 during the Great Potato Famine.  This is speculation at this point.

Alexander had two brothers and a sister, Annie.  The family story is that he immigrated to the United States with his brother, Thomas.

Alexander married Emma Margaruite Wootten and had four children.  One of which was my great grandfather, William Richard Collins.  Emma was born in Newfoundland.  I'm looking to see if Alexander first went to Canada and then married and came to the United States or if Emma immigrated here and they married in NY. 

I'm trying to upload the copies of the graveyard marker and his naturalization papers, but they are pdf files and I have to figure out how to save them to load up here.

Have a wonderful weekend!

My introduction

I'm new to blogging about genealogy, although not new to blogging.  I have a homeschooling and quilting blog.  I've been doing genealogy research for about ten years, on and off.  I'm a computer researcher right now.  My hubby is active duty and living in Japan and the west coast while your family line runs on the east coast makes it difficult to do research.

Next year, I'm making a big trip to the east coast.  My dad's going to meet me and take the kids so I can research the Dixon and Rhea lines in TN, the Hurst line in AL, and hopefully, with the research done in TN, I hope to follow the Dixon line into NC.  I know that they come from NC in 1803, but not sure where yet.

As I said, I homeschool my kids, five of them.  Well, okay the youngest two just run around coloring on the walls and throwing rolls of toilet paper in the toilet, but its an adventure.  Right now, we live in WA state, but will be moving to CA in the next few months.  Before here, we lived in Japan for three years.  We generally move around every three years.  I haven't been on the east coast in a while and can't wait for my trip this next year.

So why  blog?  Well, I thought it would be interesting to blog what I learn about my family history.  My hubby is great, but after a while he gets a deer in the head light look when it comes to genealogy.  I also want to blog my learning adventure.  Although, I've been researching for about ten years, I am going to start improving my education in the hopes of becoming certified and finally realizing my dream!!

Have a wonderful week everyone!