Family History Links
than 30 years, Michael Dunn has avidly pursued genealogy as a hobby. As
a trained historian, he has also begun the task of writing up his findings.
On the Collins side of the family, he is several chapters into a draft
of his Collins Family History. On the Dunn
side, he has made a beginning. In addition, he has been working on
the ancestry of his wife, Tam Mehuron. To learn more about Michael
or Tam personally and professionally, click on their
names to go to our home pages.
What's Here and What's Coming
This homepage, when fully complete,
will offer links to several ways of accessing Michael's material. It is
intended that it will contain, as soon as work permits me to complete it,
the following, along with photos and maps:
The draft text of the Collins
family history, which has so far been completed from earliest origins
in America through Henry Collins (1795-1860). The part of my family history
farthest along in formal preparation, this is a full-scale history of my
Collins line from earliest traces in America to (eventually) my grandmother,
though it only goes to 1860 so far. Many relatives already have the
printed version of the draft history. I hope to have the
text and notes online at this site no later than Christmas 2000,
with the maps and photographs at the same time or shortly thereafter. Later
generations are coming soon, and some monographic material on John Collins
(1819-1888) will go up soon. Eventually this site will also contain a transcript
of John Collins 1851 journal of his migration from Tennessee to Texas.
Preliminary notes on the collateral
lines on the Collins side, including Cowden, Chestnut, Alexander, Martin,
Vinson, Norris, Brown and other lines.
A number of elements and draft material
for a future Dunn family history. These include
essays on the early history of the Dunn line and a provisional biography
of Michael's great-grandfather, Rev. John Henry Dunn.
Preliminary notes on the Dunn
collateral lines, including Page, Wikle, Kell and others.
Some preliminary historical material on my maternal line.
As they were Irish post-famine immigrants in the mid-19th century, the
line is considerably less well documented at this time than the deeper
American lines on my father's side.
Material on my wife Tam's line, the Mehurons
and Boylstons and their numerous intermarried lines.
A way of checking all the names in
our database, which includes the family data
for both Michael and Tam, including known relatives. (Please do read the
cautionary material, as not all this material has been documented as thoroughly
as the material in the family histories above.) Soon we will have a GEDCOM
available for download as well. However, all dates and locations for persons
still living has been excluded from this database; for privacy reasons
only their names appear.
An essay on "35
Years of Digging for Dead Ancestors" (which explains my own background
in the field).
In order to give access to the names
in our database, a restricted GEDCOM file (with no dates or places for
persons still living) has been generated to allow persons to browse the
names and surnames in the database. You may go to it by clicking
Please read the cautions at that site before using the material for
your own lines. In time, we will be adding several other reports, charts
and historical material, more pictures (that's John Collins, 1819-1888,
above) and eventually, the draft text of Michael's large history of the
Collins family in America. Meanwhile, please enjoy what is here, and bookmark
us so you can check back regularly for more. Go
to the Database.
Years of Digging for Dead Ancestors
This is just what it sounds like.
It explains why I do what I do. Those who are interested probably already
know. Those who can't figure me out might learn something from this, but
probably won't ever check this page. Click here
to go there.
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