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…

A Biographical Sketch of William Holladay

January 27, 2009

Today I posted a biographical sketch of Zacharias and Kitty’s son William Holladay, my great grandfather. William married Mary Anna (Polly) Reynolds and they had nine children. Brief biographical highlights of each of them will be added as time permits.

A Biographical Sketch of Zacharias and Kitty’s Son, John Holladay

January 10, 2009

Today I am posting the first of the planned biographical sketches of Zacharias and Kitty’s four children. This sketch is about their somewhat unknown elder son John who is covered little, if at all, in previously published material about the Adair County Holladays. I have discovered a considerable amount of information about him and his children, and this sketch will be updated as time permits.

A brief synopsis of the life each of John’s children has been included. Note in particular that John’s two sons who moved to Missouri fought on opposite sides in the Civil War, a real-life example of brother fighting against brother in that conflict.

Blogs and Genealogy

January 9, 2009

On Tuesday I gave a short presentation to the JPL Genealogy Club on using blogs and how they can be useful in your genealogy efforts. The handout was a list of some of my favorite genealogy blogs and other web sites about blog readers and blogging software. As requested at the meeting, the list is posted here with links to the sites.

A Biographical Sketch of Zacharias Holladay

January 3, 2009

I have uploaded a page containing a biographical sketch of Zacharias Holladay, the progenitor of our Adair County Holladay family.  To view it, just click on the link to his name in the sidebar on the right.

Similar biographical sketches of his four children will be posted as they become available.

Welcome to Jay’s Genealogy Blog

January 2, 2009

I began this blog to communicate some of the genealogy and family history information that I have gathered since beginning the quest to learn more about my ancestors. Initially it will present material about the Holladay family of Adair County, Kentucky – descendants of Zacharias Holladay (1761-1846) – and related families: Anderson, Creel, Montgomery, Reynolds, and Waggener. These are my father’s family lines; later I will add information about my mother’s ancestry.

At this point a blog seems to be the best way to begin sharing my genealogical results and family stories and invite comments and especially contributions of additional material. Please give me some feedback by posting a comment here or contacting me at