TRIP: Old Rondo Cemetery, Texarkana, Miller, Arkansas

Reminder: pictures and content on this blog are Copyright © 2021 StonznBonz. All Rights are reserved and express written permission must be obtain before use in any format. As mentioned in my outline post of my trip, my initial stop was to see my 2great-Uncle Jim’s gravesite at Old Rondo cemetery in Rondo, Miller, Arkansas.Continue reading “TRIP: Old Rondo Cemetery, Texarkana, Miller, Arkansas”

TRIP: Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and back to Texas

All photos and content are (c) StonzNBonz 2021. All Rights Reserved. Not to be used without expressed written permission. I don’t even know where, or how, to begin a post about one of the most amazing trips I’ve ever taken in my life. Two years ago, I began planning a genealogy trip and then CovidContinue reading “TRIP: Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and back to Texas”

FOCUS: Roger Williams Park Mausoleum and Oakland Cemetery in Cranston, Rhode Island

This came through on Facebook and I just wanted to share it. Watch the video. Remember, this is what happens when people don’t remember cemeteries matter! It might not be your cup of tea, but this could be Y O U if you choose a casket. (I’m going ashes, tyvm!) Disclaimer: I have ZERO personalContinue reading “FOCUS: Roger Williams Park Mausoleum and Oakland Cemetery in Cranston, Rhode Island”


Here we go again. I try not to focus on the (im)morality and (lack of) ethics of this company, primarily as it takes precious time away from my research, however there are some things that just can’t go without being shared/discussed. Today I have two such topics. As you’ll notice the last two posts focusedContinue reading “Ancestry”


A conversation on a mogul’s social media platform led me to look up companies under Ancestry’s umbrella. Later I returned for future reference, who not to use (yes, I admit, I’m no longer enchanted with Ancestry, but it took me 23 years to get here.. and I’m not leaving this headspace even if they paidContinue reading “REVIEW:’s”

Ancestry Terms of Service

Have you ever wondered about why Terms of Service, otherwise known as TOS, are a mile long and so confusing that even a lawyer might trip over themselves trying to explain them? I started with Ancestry over 20 years ago, back when they weren’t even a big player. Over the two decades, they’ve purchased multipleContinue reading “Ancestry Terms of Service”

The library! F I N A L L Y

Back in 1998 in Chickasaw County, MS I was overwhelmed when I walked into a local library and found books about MY family. Even pages that had been written by my great-great aunt, who I adored since I was a child. I’m not a huge book reader, front to back, but I dabble. Maybe IContinue reading “The library! F I N A L L Y”

EXCLUSIVE: A one of a kind photo of Thomas Albert Sartain

Thomas Albert Sartain, a man who not only has several children, but has the easily recognizable Sartain face, especially to anyone even remotely connected to his line. Thanks to his descendant, James F Long, this personally held family photo is being exclusively shared for the first time. Thanks Jim! 🥰 Thomas is Jim’s 2ggf, throughContinue reading “EXCLUSIVE: A one of a kind photo of Thomas Albert Sartain”

2 Howard Pink/ney’s lead to 2 James William Buchanan’s

Where do I even begin? I’ve started 3 different posts, and each become too long, even by my standards! Let’s try a *brief* history. 2 James William Buchanan + 2 Howard Pink/ney Buchanan (aka HP) in the same area. What are the odds? For almost 3 years, doing research in a small community for oneContinue reading “2 Howard Pink/ney’s lead to 2 James William Buchanan’s”

Birth to Grave: James Washington Long, son of John R Long.

Birth to Grave on one of John R Long’s son, James Washington Long:  B 9Nov1839 was Itawamba Co, MS.** POB as Itawamba was previously ‘presumed’ as we always thought John R was in Itawamba however, according to James’ own 1863 union reenlistment, it states he was born in Pickens Co, AL, therefore we believe JohnContinue reading “Birth to Grave: James Washington Long, son of John R Long.”

Birth to Grave: Allied Family- Sartain and Long

Parents: The target question is, does Thomas Riley ‘TR’ Sartin belong to the parents of: Thomas Albert ‘TA’ Sartain + Mary Lenora Goforth OR Isiah ‘Zarah’ Sartin + Elizabeth Martin? Another possibility is he’s the son of neither. Let’s add another question: are Zarah and TA brothers or cousins? Let’s focus for now on theseContinue reading “Birth to Grave: Allied Family- Sartain and Long”

Welcome to Club BLC…..

What makes us the people we are? Nature, nurture, genetics, environment? I’m not sure anyone really knows a definite answer, but I believe a combination of ‘all of the above’ is at play. One specific aspect I have come to know rather well is the genealogy paper trail that is left behinds builds a fascinatingContinue reading “Welcome to Club BLC…..”