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Trace Your Family History

Online databases make it easier than ever to trace your own family history, and DNA testing allows for the type of deep research conducted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  These links can help you get started.

Comprehensive Portals
Official genealogy portal for the US National Archives, contains guidance for genealogy research and diverse archives of American records
FamilySearch provides resources and is tied to real-world family history classes and Family History Centers around the world
ProGenealogists offers paid research services but also provide a useful set of tools and links for getting started on your own.
Genealogy publication with advice on getting started, links, and more
One of the more popular paid genealogy database sites

Family Trees
Downloadable genealogy charts (pdf)
Social network-oriented family tree sharing sites
Popular genealogy software associated with
Suggestions for making your own family tree

International Research
Volunteer-based organization for international genealogy
50,000 links sorted by region

Other Links
Offers DNA testing resources to learn ancestry and personal health information.
Access to more documents from the National Archives, with a set of tools for uploading, annotating, and sharing
Three-volume journal on digital genealogy
Free and advertisement-free hosting of genealogy sites for educational purposes, public research, or study of national historic heritage
Cemetery records online
Information on DNA genealogy
DNA ancestry testing services
Search for relatives who may have come through Ellis Island
Pro Genealogist’s guide to sites their genealogists use, with indications of which are free and which are paid

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    Hello, I am so interested in my family heritage, the history to me is exciting, yet I’ve come to a halt, I was told by my Grandfather (Robert Lee Morris) that he was part Indian, yet so far I haven’t found anything to track that, it was suppose to come from his Mothers side but I don’t know how to find out anything about it, so can you help put me on the right track to finding something. I have traced back to 1792 to Jonathan Morris, born 5-1-1792 in Princess Ann County Va. and his wife Sarah Ann (Skillman) Morris born 1-4-1792 in Loudoun County Va. and her parents are John Skillman D.O.B. 1766 Va. and his wife Catherin (Skinner) Skillman D.O.B.1768 N.J. I want so much to find out more on my family, and to know where I come from. I have found that Jonathan and his wife Sarah Morris moved to Breckinridge County Ky. and I have found their grave site, that was a great day for me. So any information or help would be higly appreciated. Thank you and God Bless you.

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  • Lloyd Clemennts, Jr.

    Banks Family History

    Family is one of the oldest and most common human institutions. Since prehistoric times, the family has been an important organization in society. Most people grow up in a family and as adults establish a family of their own.

    In the United States and Canada, the term family commonly means a group of related persons who share a home. There are about 63 million such families in the United States and about 7 million in Canada. The word family also refers to all person’s ancestors and other relatives. Most families are based on kinship-that is, the members belong to the family through birth, marriage, or adoption.

    When a couple have children, the parents and their children make up a nuclear family. If married children and their offspring live with the parents, the family is called an extended family. An extended family’s household might also include aunts, uncles, and cousins. Such relatives, along with grandparents, grandchildren, and others, form part of an extended family group even if they live in separate homes. Some cultures recognize a large kinship unit called the clan. A clan consists of all people who are descended from a common ancestor through their mother’s or father’s side of the family. We are considered the “Banks Clan” because we are descendants from a common ancestor, Sylvannus Banks, son of Archibald and Elizabeth Banks.

    We trace our family history back to 1810, the year Archibald Banks was born. He was born in South Carolina. He united in holy matrimony to Elizabeth Gibson in 1849. Elizabeth was born in 1814 in Georgia. They moved to Enon, Bullock Co., Alabama, by 1870. To this union, 8 children were born: Hillard Banks (1850) who married Julia Ann Maryland in 1891; Augusta Banks (1854); Russell Banks (1856); Columbus Banks (1858); Asberry Banks (1860); Sylvannus Banks (Jan 1861 – Apr 11 1929); Wilson Banks (1865); and Crawford Banks (May 12, 1867 – Nov 26, 1933) who married Emma Allen in 1889.

    Sylvannus Banks was born Jan 1861 in Alabama. He united in holy matrimony to Mary Jane Bird in 1882. Mary Jane was the daughter of Jones Bird and Nellie Floyd. She was born on Jan 1, 1868 in Union Springs, Alabama. To this happy union, 11 children were born: Ada Banks (Mar 1883); Japheus Banks (1889); Gilmore Banks (1892 – Dec 9, 1920); Lila Bell Banks (Apr 16, 1893 – Sep 15, 1957); Mamie Banks (1895); Lessie Kate Banks (Sep 1897 – Jul 1, 1973); Nellie Banks (Sep 26,1899 – Apr 26, 1974); George Banks (Nov 1902); Neatwood Banks (1906); Nick Banks (1906); Sallie Mae Banks (Apr 26, 1911).

    Ada Banks Hazzard was born Mar 1883. She united in holy matrimony to James (Jimmy) Hazzard. To this union, 9 children were born: Will Ella, Fordy, Roosevelt, Weet, Sallie, Callie, Lorena, Ernest, and Sunbathe. She lived in Cincinnati, Ohio until her death.

    Japheus Banks was born in 1889. He remained a single man throughout his life and never married. We know of no children fathered by him. He lived in Birmingham for a short time and then returned to Union Springs where he remained until his death in 1967.

    Gilmore Banks was born in 1892. He, too, remained a single man and never married. We know of no children fathered by him. He departed this life at the early age of 28 on Dec 9, 1920.

    Lila Bell Banks Glaze was born on Apr 16, 1893. She united in holy matrimony to Mr. Tom (Buster) Glaze. To this happy union, 9 children were born: Clemmie Jane (Mar 26, 1921), Carrie (Jun 1922), Jackson (May 13, 1924); Tom Jr. (Dec 11, 1925), Willie Clarence (Apr 16, 1927), Edna Mae (Jan 17, 1929), Eula Lee (Nov 30, 1930), Arthur (Nov 27, 1935), and Charlie (1937).

    Mamie Banks Cooks was born in 1895. She united in holy matrimony to Mr. Bennie Cooks. To this happy union, 4 children were born: Nellie Mae, Buddy, Annie Mae, and Dixie. She lived in Montgomery Alabama most of her life and later returned to Union Springs where she remained until her death.

    Lessie Kate Banks Martin was born Sep 1897. She united in holy matrimony to Rev. General Martin, Jr. To this happy union, 9 children were born: Nelcie Lee, Willie James, General III, Julia, George Edward, Sylvester, Neatwood, Artis, and Alvester. She lived in Union Springs where she remained until her death on July 1, 1973.

    Nellie Banks DeVore was born Sep 26 1899. She united in holy matrimony to Mr. Green DeVore. To this happy union, 5 children were born: Louise, Edna, Edward, Canova, and Leon. She lived in Chicago, Illinois where she remained until her death on April 26, 1974.

    George Banks was born Nov 1902. He united in holy matrimony to Rosa Lee Patton. To this happy union, 4 children were born: Georgia Lee, Cleophus, Eldora, and Lois. He lived in Birmingham, Alabama until his death.

    Nick Banks was born a twin in 1906. He was a single man and never married. We know of no children fathered by him. He lived in Chicago, Illinois until his death.

    Neatwood Banks was born a twin in 1906. He united in holy matrimony to Lillie Banks. To this happy union, one children was born: Marie. He lived in Chicago, Illinois until his death.

    Sallie Mae Banks Thomas was born Apr 26, 1911. She united in holy matrimony to Mr. Henry Oscar Thomas. To this happy union, 9 children were born: Mary Elizabeth, Henry Jr., Etta Carol, Ida Louise, Edith Nell, Julius, Cynthia Lorraine, Richard Austin, and Rosalyn

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