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The Friends Of Kentucky History

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The Commonwealth of Kentucky web site

Family Search (LDS Church: The Mormons)





Who Am I?

 I’m sure I’m not alone, as I research my family genealogy, to find interesting relationships.   For those who are adept at figuring out kinship, I have a task for you.

First, my maternal great grandfather, Leonard Simpson Farmer, married my great grandmother, Joanna Blackwell.   After having had several children, Joanna died.   One of the younger children was my maternal grandmother, Ollie Farmer.

Simpson then married Malva Campbell.   They also had several children.   Simpson died in 1928 and Malva in 1966.

Second, my paternal grandmother Laura Campbell married my grandfather, Perry G. Cox.   They too had several children, one of which was my father, James H. Cox.

Malva Campbell Farmer and Laura Campbell Cox were sisters.

                                                                                              Who am I?

 (A lot of people that know me, have wondered, “What are you?”, but that‘s another story)

I think I’m my own 1st half-cousin, once removed.

This situation was brought to the attention of my mother, during her engagement to my father, by Malva.   My mother quotes her as asking, “What would your children call me?  Aunt grandma?”

Later, after the wedding, my parents came to visit my dad’s mother,   Laura. At one point, my dad stood up and said that he wanted to go see his aunt. My mom said she wanted to go too, and see her grandmother.   Which, of course, was one and the same person, Malva Campbell Farmer.



Which brings us to a well known song, "I'm My Own Grandpa". I heard recently the text was written by Mark Twain.



I'm My Own Grandpa



I'm my own grandpa.
I'm my own grandpa.
It sounds funny, I know,
But it really is so,
Oh, I'm my own grandpa.


Now many, many years ago, when I was twenty-three,
I was married to a widow who was pretty as could be.
This widow had a grown-up daughter who had hair of red.
My father fell in love with her, and soon they, too, were wed.
This made my dad my son-in-law and changed my very life,
My daughter was my mother, cause she was my father's wife.
To complicate the matter, even though it brought me joy,
I soon became the father of a bouncing baby boy.
My little baby then became a brother-in-law to Dad,
And so became my uncle, though it made me very sad.
For if he was my uncle, then that also made him brother
Of the widow's grown-up daughter, who, of course, was my stepmother.
Father's wife then had a son who kept him on the run,
And he became my grandchild, for he was my daughter's son.
My wife is now my mother's mother, and it makes me blue,
Because, although she is my wife, she's my grandmother, too.
Now if my wife is my grandmother, then I'm her grandchild,
And everytime I think of it, it nearly drives me wild,
For now I have become the strangest case you ever saw
As husband of my grandmother, I am my own grandpa!
I'm my own grandpa.
I'm my own grandpa.
It sounds funny, I know, But it really is so,
Oh, I'm my own grandpa.




Some Strange, Interesting, Amusing Given Names and Surnames


Names are also most interesting. If we laugh at someone’s name, we risk ruining any future good relationship with them. So my intentsion is to enjoy our humanity and what it means, rather than to be mean and poke fun at others. In this regard I think of Johnny Cash singing, “A Boy Named Sue”.

I also wish parents should be more aware of the names that they hang on their children. Going through life named Sue when you are male makes for a tough time for a male, which is the point of the song.

Anyone who has looked at the U. S. census records has come across given names that were a little different.

For example . . .

Some “cool” names are those of the Frost family. The father, General Frost, and his children; Lucy (Icy Frost), John (Jack Frost), and Hardin (Hard Frost).


Then there’s also the situations where people of certain surnames aren’t really funny in themselves, but do become funny when they marry.

Logan Little, b. 1884 married Louraine Short, b. 1893.

Or Maranda “Ran“ Short.

Then there are the: Hogg, Pigg, Lakes, Land, Sand, Rice, and Coffey. And the most well known of all . . . Unknown.


Genealogical tag lines

A tag line is the quote after someone’s signature at the end of an e-mail.

Here are some I’ve come across that I think are worth sharing.


1. My family coat of arms ties at the that normal?
2. My hobby is genealogy, I raise dust bunnies as pets.
3. I looked into my family tree and found out I'm the sap.
4. I'm not stuck, I'm ancestrally challenged.
5. I'm searching for myself; Have you seen me?
6. A family reunion is an effective form of birth control.
7. Any family tree produces some lemons, some nuts and a few bad apples.
8. FLOOR: The place for storing your priceless genealogy records.
9. "Crazy" is a relative term in my family.
10. I want to find ALL of them! So far I only have a few thousand.
11. I Should have asked them BEFORE they died!
12. Only a Genealogist regards a step backwards, as progress
13. That's strange: half my ancestors are WOMEN!
14. Genealogists are like potatoes: The best parts are underground.
15. Documentation...The hardest part of genealogy.
16. My family always seems to be from the shallow end of the gene pool!

*** My favorite of all time!*** (So far)

“Better to keep silent, and thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

-- Abraham Lincoln