A candle was lit in his honor.

My thanks to the worshippers of Village Church.

“This morning, at Village Church in Charlotte Court House, Virginia, we observed All Saints’ Eve by remembering and paying tribute to those who have gone before us, who helped shape our faith journeys, and whose walks on this earth offer illustrations of the life of Christ. A candle was lit in honor of Joseph R. Holmes, and his name was spoken aloud.” — Jim Watkins


Uncle Major A. Allen.

I have not had great luck finding descendants of my great-grandfather John C. Allen‘s half-siblings, but today I found a promising clue for further searches for Major Alexander Allen, who was about ten years John’s junior. Major A. Allen registered for the World War I draft in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, having joined the Great Migration north — and his registration card indicates that he had a child!


1 January 2018.


Some genealogical resolutions — or, at least, aspirations — for the coming year:

  • Back up all files regularly.
  • Organize and rename, if helpful, all files.
  • Focus on making sense of my cluster of West Virginia Boone matches.
  • Revisit each of my DNAnigmas to resolve and/or update.
  • Create spreadsheets to compare and track my Henderson, Aldridge, Artis, Harrison and Colvert matches.
  • Visit Westover and Charles City County.
  • Visit the Virginia State Library.