Family History Links
than 30 years, Michael Dunn has avidly pursued genealogy as a hobby. As
a trained historian, he has also begun the task of writing up his findings.
On the Collins side of the family, he is several chapters into a draft
of his Collins Family History. On the Dunn
side, he has made a beginning, with several articles on The
Dunns. There isn't as much on his maternal side, the Joneses
and Clearys, yet, except in our database,
but that is coming soon. However, In addition, he has been working on the
ancestry of his wife, Tam Mehuron, which will eventually go up here too.
To learn more about Michael or Tam
personally and professionally, click on their names to go to our home pages.
What's Here and What's Coming
This homepage, when fully complete,
will offer links to several ways of accessing Michael's material. It is
intended that it will contain, as soon as work permits me to complete it,
the following, along with photos and maps:
The draft text of the Collins
family history, which has so far been completed from earliest origins
in America through Henry Collins (1795-1860). The part of my family history
farthest along in formal preparation, this is a full-scale history of my
Collins line from earliest traces in America to (eventually) my grandmother,
though it only goes to 1860 so far. Many relatives already have the
printed version of the draft history. The text and notes are
at the site now, and maps and photos will appear early in 2001.
Later generations are coming soon, and some monographic material on John
Collins (1819-1888) will go up soon. Eventually this site will also contain
a transcript of John Collins' 1851 journal of his migration from Tennessee
Preliminary notes on the collateral
lines on the Collins side, including Cowden,
with notes forthcoming
on Chestnut, Alexander, Norris, Brown and other lines.
A number of elements and draft material
for a future Dunn family history. These are
explained in greater detail on the Dunn family homepage.
There is a photo album of early Dunn kin,
and several chapters of various kinds. These include essays on the early
history of the Dunn line, the Dunns' Cherokee
connections, and a detailed biography of Michael's great-grandfather,
John Henry Dunn. This is up now, with additional maps and
illustrations to come, and I have posted some general chronological notes
on my grandfather, Jesse Louis Dunn.
Preliminary notes on the Dunn
collateral lines, including Page,
Some preliminary historical material on my maternal
line, the Joneses and Clearys. As they were Irish post-famine immigrants
in the mid-19th century, the line is considerably less well documented
at this time than the deeper American lines on my father's side. (
There's not much there now, but more is coming soon.)
Material on my wife Tam's line, the Mehurons
and Boylstons and their numerous intermarried lines. (This
will be added in time).
A way of checking all the names in
our database, which includes the family data
for both Michael and Tam, including known relatives. (Please do read the
cautionary material, as not all this material has been documented as thoroughly
as the material in the family histories above.) Soon we will have a GEDCOM
available for download as well. However, all dates and locations for persons
still living has been excluded from this database; for privacy reasons
only their names appear.
An essay on "35
Years of Digging for Dead Ancestors" (still in progress, but which
explains my own background in the field).
In order to give access to the names
in our database, a restricted GEDCOM file (with no dates or places for
persons still living) has been generated to allow persons to browse the
names and surnames in the database. You may go to it by clicking here.
read the cautions at that site before using the material for your own lines.
In time, we will be adding several other reports, charts and historical
material, more pictures (that's John Collins, 1819-1888, above) and eventually,
the draft text of Michael's large history of the Collins family in America.
Meanwhile, please enjoy what is here, and bookmark us so you can check
back regularly for more. Go
to the Database.
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