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I have no clue where to even begin!!!

Journal by joannemoser

Well I have kinda begun but by phone calls. So here is my story. My grand father changed out last name from birmingham to broady back when he was in the army. So technically I am not a Broady.
So I found some here in Cali and spoke to them tonight. So I am gonna throw some names out here and if anyone thinks they have anything please let me know.
Well the Indian tribe that we are from is Cherokee and Black Foot. I have been told it is watered down. Okay so names here they are

Lurie Phillips (spelling of first name not positive on)
Theodore Birmingham
Ray Birmingham
George Birmingham

This is all I have!!!
I know that we came from England on a ship.
I know that my great gma is Lois smith (broady married name)
The 2 people that I know dont talk about our family. And I have been in contact with the birmingham side which I have never met.
A lot of birminghams are from Bishop Ca well the recent ones I guess few hundred years.
There are some in Arkansa Over to D.C.
Smith side is Morman and of course John Smith
Which does not help lol
A Great Gpa went Apache crazy and destroyed a lot of or all of documents. But I figure they are out there hopefully somewhere. Any info would be great. I am searching sites myself!!
Thank you for your time!!
Oh and a Gpa birmingham is also from New york
I know that this does not make a lot of sense but I am trying

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on 2008-08-26 23:36:05

joannemoser has been a Family Tree Circles member since Aug 2008. is researching the following names: BIRMINGHAM, PHILLIPS, SMITH.

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by alun_toghill on 2008-08-27 03:06:13

Buy some folders and poly pockets to store data and information.
Start simple with what you already know and try out few free trial geneological sites.
Good way to build up information is to try general google search. Just enter a keyword and follow the links. You get a lot of rubbish but some gems do pop up.
Ask for help, other members make have tips, and clues for you and they are great support when you hit a dead spot in research.
Another good tip. Hold family party, you could get information when people loosen up and chat. If not well have a good time thats what its all about.
Give me a call anytime.

by joannemoser on 2008-08-27 07:25:47

Thank you very much for the info.
I have thought about a family party but the gpa who changed his name wont go for it and he would walk out as soon as he saw a birmingham. I have heard it is some wood pile problem I dunno. Thank you again so much!!

by zkat123 on 2008-08-27 08:37:07

joanne, I have newly started my search also but I have found it very helpful to go to the morman church they are very helpful and have a great tracking system.they have these papers that keep track of everything.I have gone only 3 times but have found my family going back to 1500 france.It's soooo very exciting. I wish you all the sucess in the world.

by joannemoser on 2008-08-27 09:28:08

There is a morman website that is free to use. There is just a lot of smiths lol But I figure it will take me many years for this. I am not too sure if there is a morman church in my town. But I will look into it when we move and go to one near us. Thank you so much for your help!!!

by johnbirm03 on 2008-12-02 15:43:38

Hi joanne, since there are 2 very earlylines of Birmingham's arriving prior to 1710 and several that arrived in US after 1800, careful organization such as the poly-pocket folders is a good idea: my line arrived Fell's Point, Queen Anne's, MD...however another early line arrived at New York. You will see those 2 lines, but they have some similarly common names among them....so sort by their respective groups of children names. You will see a line from MD, to NC, to TN then they diverge once more, MS, LA, TX, AR....see the webpage at genealogy dot com, go to the 'gen forum' and query 'Birmingham', you will find many posts, however, for the MD,NC,TN line, read the posts by Michael Mottes, Bill Horn and Troy Everett.
Best wishes for this holiday for you and yours.

by johnbirm03 on 2008-12-02 15:48:50

Joanne, I almost forgot, but I believe that Ray Birmingham may be connected to the TN line of Berry and William Birmingham....
FYI, the line of Birm's from MD 1698, to NC 1720-1800 and TN 1810 to 1850, then to LA/TX 1850-present are well documented....on genforum.
Maybe I can find a connection too, to indicat where that line immigrated from (possibly England or Ireland).

by rogerlj on 2008-12-02 21:09:05

Joanne: Good idea to search the LDS (Mormon) site at www.familysearch.org or look at www.lds.org for a family history library near you. They have them everywhere and they have people to help get started and can answer any question you may have. If they don't know, they know where to go for it. I say that as I worked in our local history center for several years.
Good luck on your search.


by Ticker on 2008-12-06 08:21:37

Joanne hi :) There are a lot of Birminghams living in Sheffield, England, if that's any help to get a start.


by Summers76 on 2008-12-09 04:48:37

Hi Joanne, stay strong....if only doing family research was easy.....ooohh!! Whatever you do dont give up, even when things are slow, dont worry. As many researchers will tell you, its either a feast or a famine, waiting to see if you get any letters, emails etc, with updates of information.
Try and get hold of birth/death/marriage certs, its amazing what info they hold. While some family members may not wish to help with your research, again dont worry, this happens alot.
Maybe you can talk to old family friends...sometimes small details get mentioned, so its worth a try. Meanwhile Good Luck, regards Summer


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