Archive for April, 2009

My Roots in Adair County, Kentucky

April 23, 2009

My genealogical efforts have been greatly aided by the fact that all of my father’s ancestors migrated to the area of Adair and Green County, Kentucky, shortly after the Revolutionary War. They remained in the Adair County area until my father left in the 1920’s  for Colorado and the West.

The surnames are: Anderson, Brawner, Holladay, Montgomery, Reynolds, Sallee, Smith, and Waggener.   The Creel family is also closely associated with several of these families. I will be making a number of posts about these families and sources of additional information about them. Your comments and inquiries are invited.


My Reynolds Ancestors

April 8, 2009

This past Monday evening I had one of those delightful genealogical experiences that occur from time to time. Out of the blue I received an email message from a distant cousin who is descended from a sister of my great grandmother Mary Anna Reynolds Holladay. The Reynolds-Holladay family connections go back to the very early days of the settlements south of Green River which are now a part of Green and Adair Counties in South-Central Kentucky. The gentleman who sent the message found me through the surnames of my Adair County ancestors that I posted a couple of years ago on the Adair County page of Kentucky Genweb (  These postings sometimes take years to produce results, and it is very important that you keep a current email address posted – you never know when a distant relative with valuable information will find your listing. My newly-found Reynolds cousin and I have been exchanging emails at a great rate and I am now drafting a short writeup on the Reynolds-Holladay connections for posting to this site. I would be delighted to hear from other descendants of Henry Reynolds (1778-1849) and Nancy Ann Sallee (1783-1859) of Adair County, Kentucky.

A Biographical Sketch of Joseph Holladay

April 4, 2009

Today I posted a biographical sketch of  Joseph Holladay, Zacharias and Kitty’s third and youngest son. Joseph married Sarah J. (Sally) Reynolds and they had at least eleven children. More information about their children will published as time permits.

Blogging Again

April 3, 2009

Although I haven’t posted to this blog for a couple of months I have had some very interesting email correspondence with several other Holladay family members, both my Adair County, Kentucky, cousins and my “DNA cousins”. The latter are more distant cousins with whom I have made contact as a result of having my DNA tested a year ago for the purpose of proving or disproving that I share a common ancestor with others having the Holladay/Holliday family surname.

I also spent time helping to set up a new user group for the RootsMagic genealogy database program as part of my activities in support of the library of the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS). I have been using RootsMagic and its predecessor, Family Origins, to record and report on my work almost since I began to do serious genealogy in the mid 1990s. I have been putting off entering additional data into my database during the past few months until the new RootsMagic version 4 was released, since it contains a lot of cool new features, especially the way it facilitates entry of the source information required to conform to good genealogical practice.

RootsMagic 4 has now been released to the public and it’s time for me begin entering a large amount of data collected over the past several years. I plan to report on this work periodically in this blog, along with some information about the Holladay family DNA studies, the RootsMagic 4 program, and some of my volunteer work for the SCGS.

For the time being, the main focus will continue to be on Zacharias and Kitty Anderson Holladay, their four children, and later descendants. Stay tuned…