Who am I and why am I blogging?

I’m Karen Allman, and I work on the family genealogy for myself, and for my son’s paternal relatives.  This blog will be dedicated to sharing on going research in to the family. In our case, the Heard Family are the ancestors and descendants of Joe Heard (1907 – 1979) and Ruth Lucille Whitaker (1908 – 1979) of Chambers County, Alabama.

I’m also looking forward to sharing some of our successes.  Over on Ruth’s side we have her grandfather Major Bailey’s 1867 Chambers County Voter Registration Record.  Her great grandfather Jeff Burton was a registered voter that year as well.  And it knocked my socks off when I found the research that tells us the history of her great great grandfather Harry Burton with records that show he was born in 1794.  But I’m getting ahead of myself here.  There are lots of stories to tell, and lots of mysteries yet to be solved.

Would you like to help play detective?  I’d love to hear from anyone else tracing family in Chambers County, Alabama in the 1800’s to the early 1900’s.  Have you DNA tested?  See below and let me know if you’re a match.

In addition to traditional research, I use genetic genealogy to help find distant cousins to help build our tree.  Please check out these kit numbers at GEDmatch if  you think you might be related.

A056500 Cliff (a maternal cousin)
A451521 Georgia (a paternal cousin)
A600113 Willie Joe (son of Joe and Ruth)
M225339 Mattie (daughter of Joe and Ruth)
M895149 Doris (daughter of Joe and Ruth)
A430075 Brenda (granddaughter of Joe and Ruth)
 A877562 Coretta (great granddaughter of Joe and Ruth)

Both Brenda and Coretta are through the line of Joe and Ruth’s daughter Minnie.


Ancestors of Joe and Ruth

Ancestors of Joe and Ruth (as of Nov 2015)