30 Sep 2017
Welcome cousin Jonah John MILLIKEN! He was recently born to my 1st cousin once removed Madison and wife Danielle.

A hearty and belated welcome to Karter Jo MARTINEZ. She is another MILLIKEN descendant and was born a couple of weeks ago. Parents Jordan and Aaron are, of course, proud.

And... last but not least... another welcome to new cousin Emmalyn Grace DUTTON born to Molly and Ethan back in July. Emma is a SHULER descendant.

Now we have some new babies added, I've updated the website to include a search feature and decreased the number of persons listed per page to make it easier to load in your web browsers and not have to scroll thru a bunch of names to get to another page. The slow forward march toward progress continues.


24 Sep 2017
I had been contacted by my MILLIKEN cousin Lainey FOUST on a couple of deaths that she had come across. One of them was the Reverand Maxie MILLIKEN and the other was Brenda JOHNSON (another MILLIKEN descendant).

I had to add in some other family members before I could get to these two. I still haven't gotten Brenda added. I did discover another MILLIKEN / PARKER tie-in where a brother and sister from one family married a sister and brother in the other family. You can see this particular example in the children of Hill MILLIKEN.

Anyway... I'm not sure why Maxie's obit listed Charles as his father. Maxie was born to Leroy and Earline M. (PARKER) MILLIKEN. At some point in his life Leroy began going by Roy L. (Maybe Roy Lee?) His birth record and early census records list him as Leroy, however.

Enough for now, thanks for the updates Lainey.


9 Sep 2017
Yesterday Sherry's cousin Judy EPPERSON gave her bibles that belonged to their step-grandmother Naomi BOW. There are names, dates and newspaper clipping in two of the three.

She also gave Sherry high school senior photos of Larry ACKLEY and Loretta BATMAN (formerly married). Larry is Sherry's uncle/brother. It's confusing, but I'll add the story one day.


1 Sep 2017
Lat October I reported finding another SHULER line in my research. I haven't tied them directly to my great-grandfather Hamon SHULER, but I probably will.

While visiting my father, last September, I came across a picture that my grandmother had written on the back "Peggy and Grandma Kirkland". Peggy is my father's cousin, so I checked with her daughter and found out grandma KIRKLAND was Violet SIMS whose husband was Lloyd KIRKLAND. Well, after some research I found that Lloyd's mother was Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" SHULER. Lizzie's father was Joseph Stephen SHULER. I'm not sure how Joseph is related to my great-grandfather Hamon SHULER (yet).

After my father's death I found a laminated newspaper article announcing the 50th wedding anniversay of Mr. and Mrs. J.S. SHULER. In just these past two days I've also discovered that Lloyd's father, Ezekiel Templeton KIRKLAND, was a brother to Martissa Evaline KIRKLAND who was Henryetta PARROTT SHULER's mother. Henryetta had married my father's uncle, Ernest Muriel "Dutch" SHULER.

I sent out a Facebook search to a KIRKLAND descendant seeking more info. I'm looking forward to linking Joseph and Hamon SHULER together back in Virginia or Tennessee. More to come...

Last but not least, I want to welcome Jarred and Ginny MILLIKEN to the family tumblweed. Jarred and his Dad are direct descendants of Walter Clarence MILLIKEN (Russell senior's brother).


30 Aug 2017
A little data entry while doing laundry. Added obituaries for some of my Texas MILLIKENs. Still much more research to go. I also added a few descendants based on those obits.

I've recently been using GenealogyBank.com's website. They had a great deal for a 1 year membership and I couldn't pass it up. I also wanted to see how they compared to NewsPapers.com. Fold3.com eventually came out with a great price so I renewed my subscription there as well. Since Fold3 went to almost exclusively military, I don't use them as much. My personal opinion is that the Ancestry buyout didn't improve the site.


20 Aug 2017
Several family losses in the MILLIKEN clan and related recently. Mollie Dandridge MILLIKEN SCHWANTZ HAYES just today, Nelda Jean MILLIKEN STEWART last month and Paul STUTEVILLE about 3 weeks ago. Paul was the step-father to Bridgett MILLIKEN. Our condolences to all three families.

On the families that carry on portion of life, a few new babies have been born recently and I'll get them added and listed as soon as possible


4 Jul 2017
Independence Day research. I've added Bettye Jane SHULER's birth family. There was a bunch of WALTONs in that group. Lots of obituaries have been added. I've also begun focusing more on the HUNTER family.

I had been contacted by cousin Vicky BECK, who is a direct HUNTER descendant. She has sent me info on the family that I'm slowly putting in the database as time allows. By coincidence I had been in touch with her brother, Todd, years ago while researching the HUNTERs. It is truly a small world.

I've also traced HUNTER descendants down to Roy GILMORE. Roy's wife Janis was very helpful when I first began researching. She had done a lot of the HUNTERs and has posts and family group sheets all over the internet. Maybe I'll get to meet her and Roy on my next trip to Texas.


12 Mar 2017
Welcome new baby Claire MILLIKEN. Born to Eric and Mariesa in February. I have also added Samantha BOW NICELY and her son, Noah, to the tumbleweed. As soon as I find her brother's birth date, I'll add him as well.

Back in December, I was contacted by one of my wife's BOLES cousin who reported finding another branch of the BOLES family living in Florida. Welcome Lee DUSING. I still have quite a bit of work adding your family since your dad was married 2 or 3 times.

Speaking of BOLES family, I just purchased the PDF version of David B. BOLES book "The Origins and Descendants of James Bole of Westmoreland and Armstrong Counties, Pennsylvania" (2017). It's an up-to-date version of the 1986 publication. Some of my website research is even referenced there. Makes me feel special!


9 Jan 2017
Belated season's greetings to all of you.
Condolences go out to the WHITE family on the passing of Guy, Sr this past week. His son Guy Jr. is married to my cousin Arlene. I also discovered that Guy, Sr. had a much younger brother named Jack and have added him to the tumbleweed.

Guy Sr.'s grandfather, John Andrew WHITE, was a soldier in the Civil War from Alabama. According to his younger brother, John was wounded in battle resulting in the loss of one arm. After the war he and his wife moved to Texas. So there you have today's tidbit.


27 Nov 2016
More additions to the tumbleweed. Sean HEPLER and sister Tina HEPLER SPERRY. They are 2nd cousins on my RICHARDSON side of the family. I need to do more research on those descendants as they are quite numerous as well.

Two new babies William David NAULT (grandnephew) and Elora Lynn SKURZYNSKI (2nd cousin twice removed). Let's not forget Morgan COOPER BRITT who married nephew Jordan back in August.

The number of persons in my database exceeded 5000 today. I added a few folks who aren't directly related but, were close relatives of a former brother-in-law on my wife's side of the family. Anyway, his brother had passed in Oct. so I added them based on the obituary.

Another note of interest one of my MILLIIKEN descendant cousins contacted me about possible land availability back in Kentucky. I put him in touch with the cousin who lives in that area so I hope they are able to find what he's looking for.

It'a amazing who you might meet doing genealogy research and who you might be able to help in some small fashion.


11 Nov 2016
On this day and every day, thank you to all those that have served our country, either in the military or civilian service.

With a heavy heart I post the most recent and difficult update which includes the passing of my father Kenneth Dee HUNTER. While I was in Texas dealing with his affairs another family member (not direct) died. Patrick Michael ALEMAN. He was the brother of my wife's aunt Lupe CARNES.

An interesting coincidence is that Patrick's daughter Alicia ALEMAN lived next door to us in Fountain Square and we discovered it by mere happenstance during conversation. It's truly a small world.

While in Texas, I stopped by the Herman Brown Free Library in Burnet, Texas and ordered the audio and transcript of my uncle's (Russell Franklin MILLIKEN, Jr.) WWII experiences. It was an interview done on 27 Jun 2005 for the Burnet County Genealogical Society. As with all genealogy material, I look forward to listening to the audio recording.


4 Oct 2016
I just found some more MILLIKENs that are 5th cousins. They are originally from the Bowling Green area. Some of them were already on the website, but I have contacted them via Facebook. They are descendants of Judge John M. and Barbara (Thompson) MILLIKEN. I will post updates soon.

While in Texas last month, I discovered that there is/was another branch of SHULERs that came from Lee and Grayson County, Virginia. Now I need to find out where the branches join together.


19 Aug 2016
Not much new. I've been attempting to trace other 2nd cousins. Descendants of Bobbie Louise MILLIKEN THOMPSON. I've sent out a feeler via Facebook so maybe...

I've also been contacted by an individual who was listed in the website and had married into a 'famous' family, but has already been divorced. He was asking to remove his name and I have done so. To me, it seems a shame the marriage didn't work out. The wedding seemed like one of those "spare no expense' affairs. Well... life happens and the marriage didn't work out so in respect to his request I have removed him from the website. Now it's up to you to figure out who it was (if you care).


22 Jun 2016
I was contacted by Stephanie HODGE who was researching Charles William BOYEA and she wanted to know what information I might have. I had to honestly tell her I didn't have any info as he wasn't even in my database.

It just so happens that Ancestry.com adds these little "leaf tips" to enhance research and Charles had been added to my starter tree on Ancestry. Surprise! Anyway, doing the research, I discover that Charles BOYEA is the maternal grandfather to my cousin Kerri's husband.

New surnames that have been added to the tumbleweed are: BOYEA, LAIRD, MCCANLIES, WEIDMAN, PAYTON and ODELL. That ought to confuse the other researchers,


20 Jun 2016
Today I've been adding REES cousins (MILLIKEN descendants). Most all are out in west Texas and I haven't seen most of them since my cousin Jug's funeral and they may not remember me. I'm not sure why I felt compelled to attend his funeral since I had missed so many others, After work the night before the funeral, Sherry and I drove like a bat out of hell to get to Colorado City from Indianapolis. Thanks to the hour time difference, we made it just as the service had started. I'm glad I went. It would be the last time I would see some of my other family alive as well.

The week before last I was adding to the RICHARDSON clan of Freestone County. I found a few obituaries and added them as well.


8 May 2016
Happy Mother's Day. For the past few hours I've been working on the SKURZYNSKI family. Jim and Sandy's grandfather George was a coal miner in Pennsylvania and was born in Polska (Poland). He took on a wife who had two children. She then bore him two more and he provided for his family the best he could. There is a pretty good website concerning Duryea, PA and it has a lot of photos (www.duryeapa.com). Enough for now. It's time to make coffee and breakfast for the mother of our children.


7 May 2016
After a long and painful move to a temporary home, I take time for research again. Today I entered my 2nd cousin's (once removed)wedding. Michael SKURZYNSKI and Sarah TEROKOWSKIE were married back in March and honeymooned in beautiful Rome, Italy. Welcome to the family tumbleweed Sarah and congratulations to you both!


24 March 2016
It's my grand daughter's 2nd birthday. Love you Helena Kaye HUNTER!

Other great news... I've been contacted by a 2nd cousin once removed (MILLIKEN descendant) who found the website. She updated me on various family members and low and behold we don't live too far away from each other. This is exciting news. I've done some updating to the website for the descendants of Robert Hamilton MILLIKEN.


22 Feb 2016
Exciting news! I spoke with one of my 2nd cousins on the HUNTER side of the family. Deborah Stopera is one of the grand daughters of Cleo (HUNTER) HESSEY PHILLIPS. This was quite a discovery as Norma MILLER (another cousin) pointed me in the appropriate direction while I was looking for Cleo's daughter, Juanita HESSEY.

I have added Juanita's husband and daughters to the Family Tumbleweed and some of their descendants, but I still have a long way to go. Hopefully time will allow me to get some information entered.

On the MILLIKEN side of the family, I have some emails to answer from David GRAY and a letter to write to Bob LAW who actually took time to write me a real letter and actually mail it.

Anyway... there are some updates and a few corrections to errors I found on the website. As always, I look forward to hearing from you.


15 Feb 2016
Welcome to the world Samuel WHITE, son of Matthew, born on his father's birthday. I believe he's my 1st cousin, twice removed and grandson to Arlene and Guy WHITE. (Samuel is also a MILLIKEN descendant.)


17 Jan 2016
Tara WIESE posted on Facebook about the passing of her grandma, Nina (GAFFORD) MILLIKEN. My condolences go out to her and the rest of her family.

I did make contact with some other MILLIKEN family via Facebook. They are descendants of Alfred Hill MILLIKEN. I will also follow-up on these leads.


Late Dec 2015
I have received a letter from Bob LAW who is a MILLIKEN researcher originally from Simpson County, KY. He gave me some excellent pointers to follow and I will pursue them and also find out his relationship to the MILLIKEN family.


26-28 Nov 2015
The other day I came across a listing of the papers of Rena Edna MILLIKEN in the Manuscript & Folklife Archives of Western Kentucky University. The second page had a mini-biography of Ms. MILLIKEN and on discovering that she was from Logan County I pursued further, After some backwards research I discovered that she was a grand daughter of L. Hiram and Rena (HITE) MILLIKEN. I did not have any information in the database on this union.

From further research the past two days I have filled a hole that I had not gotten to from G.T. RIDLON's work. RIDLON, however, did not get much past the children of Hiram and his second wife, Betsey BURNS. After going through some of the records of FamilySearch.org I was able to get much closer to modern times. I also discovered that some of those descendants had died in Louisville while I was living there! Dang I hate being late. Never-the-less a gap has been filled and an update posted on the website.


2 Nov 2015
Was doing some late night research on the descendants of Judge William Alfred MILLIKEN. Those being Sandol Humphreys, Lavinia, Lucy Perry and John Humphreys MILLIKEN. I fould quite a bit thanks to earlier research by Richard LAKE. Now I just need some time to get it all entered into the database.


18 Oct 2015
I was notified my cousin Suzan VALDEZ that she has a new grand nephew, Titus Robert HUME. Titus was born on the 12th. Welcome to the tumbleweed baby cousin!


6 Oct 2015
Our little grandniece was born last night. Welcome Vivian Kathleen RESENDEZ!


3 Oct 2015
Met my 5th cousin, Kitty MILLIKEN, in Austin, Texas while on vacation. It was a wonderful opportunity and she regaled us with family stories that I hope to include in this database.


4 Apr 2015
Accidently got on a tangent early this morning (late last night). Sherry's 3rd cousin once removed married last year and I traced out his wife's maternal ancestry to her ggg-grandfather Anthony HERMES from Germany.


3 Apr 2015
Recent deaths are the passing of Lois WRIGHT the mother of my 1st cousin's wife and Dorothy JORDAN the mother of my wife's 3rd cousins. My condolences to both sets of families. I also did some genealogical side trips (online) to trace some of the ancestors of both of the deceased.

I have successfully tested and implemented a fixed side menu that will stay in one place as visitors scroll down the pages. This will make it easier for visitors to the site to move from place to place with relative ease.


28 Dec 2014
I've been working heavily on the SHULER clan the past couple of weeks. I've made and posted some updates. However I'm still attempting to prove that my Hamon SHULER (g-grandfather) is the same one born to David and Mary in Grayson County, Virginia in 1860.

The other issue is that I have somehow made a change to my menu design and messed it up so that I cannot publish the site until I find the change(s) and figure out how it happened.


1 Dec 2014
Didn't get to the HUNTER family, but I did add a portion of the EDWARDS family. These were members of Ruth Edwards Hessey MILLER's family. Ruth was adopted by the researcher's grand aunt and her first husband (Ward and Cleo Hunter HESSEY).

For Ruth and some of her siblings it was a tale all too common in many lives during the 1930s of how families are split up because of the economy and the general lack of basic needs when income is little or nothing. Other family members may have taken "extra" children in or the children may have been turned over to local orphans homes. However, many of these children learn to overcome adversity and it strengthens them and they achieve and prosper as adults.


29 Nov 2014
Recently made Facebook friends with one of Sherry's BOW cousins and added a few of those family members into the database. I also tied two families together that were both BOW descendants. It confuses me sometimes.

Hopefully I'll get some of these HUNTER ancestors added this weekend.


15 Nov 2014
Have spent most of the past month researching HUNTER ancestors. Denise RILEY (the aforementioned cousin) has sent me pictures of family to post.

Just out of the blue I began entering information I've gathered lately into my database last night. I started to enter Margie DISHAW's obituary when I began to hit a jackpot of MILLIKEN ancestors. Most of them are close cousins. The descendants of my grand uncle, Robert Hamilton MILLIKEN.

Today, I actually called and spoke to the wife of my 1st cousin one removed (Richard MILLIKEN). She suggested I contact Bob EPPS who is another of my mother's cousin. He just so happens to live about an hour drive from me. Time to go on a road trip.


19 Oct 2014
Upgraded to the final version of The Master Genealogist (the database software) this weekend. Have also upgrade the program Second Site, which produces the website, to the most current version. Lastly, upgraded my FTP software (Wise FTP) which transfers the files from my computer to my website host (1and1.com).

During the previous two weeks I have been researching my Hunter ancestors and found another "cousin". She has been helpful in providing the siblings of my gggg-grandfather, Thomas M. HUNTER, Sr. She also provided a name for his father, Joshua HUNTER.

I have printed a lot of information to eventually add to the database and website. I've got about a 1/2 inch stack of paper to go through. Enough notes for today time to get typing.


26 Aug 2014
Studied some of the website building scripts for John CARDINAL's Second Site application. I would like to have a floating menu bar on the left side of the screen.


22Aug 2014
Received the book and CD I had ordered to assist in research. The book is "Compendium of Local Biography, Marion County, TN" and the CD is "Researching Your Tennessee Ancestors".


18 Aug 2014
Added parents and siblings to Mahala ROWE wife of Jesse MILLIKEN.


11 Aug 2014
Sent myself some web links to MILLIKEN sites in the Chatham and Orange Counties area of North Carolina. I also discovered that there was a Charles MILLIKEN in Captain Stephen Poe's company of the Chatham County militia prior to 1776. I am almost positive that this is Charles MILLIKEN, son of Charles of Connaught, Ireland and a first generation American.


16 Jul 2014
Did some experimentation with the site's web display. John Cardinal's "Second Site" is a wonderfully powerful program and I've barely scratched the surface of its capabilities.

Good news! I found on Facebook that my 1st cousin once remove, Eric MILLIKEN and his wife Mariesa, had their new baby on the 14th. Welcome to the Family Tumbleweed Amy Caroline MILLIKEN.


14 & 15 Jul 2014
Did some MILLIKEN family research these past two evenings. Found Erastus G. MILLIKEN's marriage to Lucy PIERCE in Johnson County, TX. Discovered the death certificate of Mary Christian Milliken KIRK. Her's was a bit confusing. It was written as M.A. KIRK with the parents names as only Mr. MILLIKEN and Mrs POLLARD.

I also found Ammah MILLIKEN and her son Herman living in Ft. Worth in 1929. Ammah's last name was HUSS and Herman's was MILLIKEN. By 1932 Ammah's father and mother were living in the same house with her.