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    Hi, I am Renee Pierce Smelley.  Welcome to my home on the web.  I have been working on our family tree since January 1999.  I was very fortunate to have had family members that had worked on different branches of my family tree to get me started.  My genealogy file is my interpretation only and may not reflect the same data as other files.  I am open to comments, suggestions and corrections about my family tree.   

I believe in "Protecting the Living" and all people in my file born after 1910 without a death date are considered to be living, so they are listed as "Living SURNAME."  You will not find any information about that person. 

Many people have notes contained in their note section.  Notes may be documentation, census information, cemetery survey information, marriage index information and etc........ or emails from other people.  This is my way of keeping track of where I found information and may provide clues for making searches in other areas.  Some information in the notes section may only be my attempt at trying to connect that person to other family members.  These types of notes may include census, marriage indexes and etc....... or other information in the same area that the person lived that I have found.  If you come across notes that don't seem to make sense then you are probably reading those types of notes.  Note sections will change as I prove or disprove the information that I have found. 

I am willing to share and exchange, but I do not share my "Living Relatives" information.  When you receive a genealogy report from me the endnotes with the sources listed are in tack, so you can note all my sources for each data entry.  Many sources are from exchanging information with others, so do your own research to prove or disprove the information, as I am sure that I have errors in my file.    

Thank you for the visit and if you have any questions use the options below to get in touch with me.  While you are visiting please sign my guest book.


Renee Pierce Smelley, 2735 Smelley Rd., Longview, Texas 75605, 903-758-0074 or email 


About the Background.  These bluebonnets grow in the Hill Top Cemetery in Tilden, McMullen County, Texas.  I made the background from a photo that I took at the cemetery in March 2003.  You are welcome to use the background on your personal pages only.  Please save a copy to your pc and upload to your own server.


Renee's Family Genealogy - Here you will find links to "Our Family Tree" at RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project, Family Stories, Cemetery Transcriptions, & Information collected from Libraries, Books, Churches, Newspapers & Source Documentation.

John Swanson Yarbrough Archives - Information about John Swanson Yarbrough and his descendants.  This data is being entered as I have time and includes many source documents for John Swanson Yarbrough and his family.  Descendants are encouraged to send any source documents they have on their branch of the family as well as any stories that they have written.

Co. K 2nd Texas Cavalry/2nd Texas Mounted Rifles - This is a project to help preserve the history of the unit and the men that served.  All information submitted is being sent to the Library at Hill College in Hillsboro, TX.   Site includes History of the 2nd Texas Cavalry, History of Co. K, a Co. K Unit Roster and information about the men that served.

McMullen County TXGenWeb Project - As of Monday, June 18, 2001 I became the new County Coordinator for the McMullen County TXGenWeb Project.  The new site at Rootsweb has been up since Sunday, June, 24, 2001.  Drop by and take a look at "What's New" this month.

Uvalde County TXGenWeb Project - As of Tuesday, September 30, 2003 Betty Wood and I are the new county coordinators for the Uvalde County, TXGenWeb Project.  Drop by and take a look at "What's New" This month. 

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I am a graduate of the Basic HTML Workshop, the stuff web pages are made of.  

Renee's Homestead & Family Genealogy was originally started at on 

April 26, 1999.

We moved to RootsWeb Freepages on June 13, 2001

This page was last updated on Sunday, June 19, 2005