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I am a professional genealogist residing in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. This site contains my personal research, as well as a few pet projects. I first got the genealogy bug about 25 years ago, during a school project. I was immediately and irrevocably hooked!

One of the more interesting facets of my personal research involves the 'Northern' and 'Southern' sides of my family. My paternal 2nd great grandfather was a guard at Point Lookout POW camp, during the Civil War, while my maternal 3rd great grandfather was a prisoner there (learn more here).


Search Heritage Files's cemetery records at Find A Grave:
War of the Rebellion: a North and South Family - My maternal 3rd great grandfather, David Milton Tannehill, was captured at Snyder's bluff and sent to Point Lookout POW camp in Maryland, where he died in 1864. During that same time, my paternal 2nd great grandfather, John Worden, was a guard at the very same camp!

NORTH (Paternal Tree) | SOUTH (Maternal Tree)

Shenandoah and Beyond - ongoing project researching families of Shenendoah County, Virginia, and surrounding area.

Surname List - Listing of all surnames in all trees/databases.

Research Journal - notes and articles about ongoing research.

Most Wanted - I am looking for information about these ancestors. Can you help?

Heritage Files Books - Several family history books are now available!

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If you have any questions, comments or would like to share research, please contact me. I am also a profesional genealogist, available to assist with your research.

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David Milton Tannehill - He was born in Bibb County, Alabama, to Colonel Ninian Tannehill and Mary ‘Polly’ Prude. He was the second of four known children. His siblings were Mary Lavinia, the oldest, and younger brothers, John and Marion. He was raised on the banks of Roupe’s Creek, in the shadow of the great ironworks that bears the name Tannehill to this day. Its remains were found nestled at the southernmost reaches of the Appalachian Mountains...

Worden Mystery Solved! - For years, I have been attempting to solve the mystery of the centenarian. My grandfather, John Emery Worden, always claimed that a great grandfather of his was a centenarian, and that the family was from Wilkes-Barre. I quickly identified who the centenarian was (John Worden 1741-1842), but was unable to make the connection between my last known confirmed generation (John Worden the civil war soldier) and this man. The big breakthrough was finding that James Worden (Wordin) was the father of my civil war soldier ancestor, great great grandfather John Worden (1846-1923)...

Worden Resemblances - Studying the resemblance between two Worden lines. Both men are descendants of John Worden b. 27 Mar 1741, Fairfield, Connecticut; d. 6 Jan 1842, Wallkill, Orange, New York. John m. Hannah Stark 2 Oct 1772, Pawling, Dutchess, New York. Hannah b. 1739, Beekman, Dutchess, New York; d. 1810, Beekman, Dutchess, New York...